My article Seeing Color in the Desert (originally posted on CaliforniaDesertArt.com) has been reprinted in the August/September 2014 issue of International Artist magazine. It originally started with notes from my sketchbook about what I was observing while out painting, and what to do about certain problems that color posed or provided a solution to.
Orange Groves, Santa Paula Valley, 11" x 14", Oil on panel, © Eric Merrell
Winter is fantastic in California. Snow falls in the mountains, the oranges start to ripen on the trees and the vast vignobles create their own miniature version of the fall color in the northeast United States. This is a great time to be thankful and appreciative for what we have and where we live. Plus, December is always exciting for me, heralding the beginning of persimmon cookies and lebküchen for the holidays.
Also, a quick update on the movie Local Color which is hitting theaters nationwide this Friday, December 5th. Check your local listings and go out to support this film! A wonderful story of pursuing your passion, told through the story of art.