The Daily Nutmeg and the New Haven Independent both published articles on the recent “2020” show at Kehler Liddell Gallery and both featured my piece!
Check out “Seers” in the Daily Nutmeg by Kathy Leonard Czepiel:
An entirely different view is suggested by Eric March’s stippled, colorful Cone of Vision, an oil painting of a clownish group of people on a beach holding white cones to their eyes (or peering into them, or wearing them on their head), thus limiting what each of them sees of the larger scene. The reference, March explains in an artist statement, is to “a rule of perspective drawing that dictates that only a portion of one’s view should be included [in] a drawing to eliminate distortions,” and the point, or at least one of them, is that we each see only fragments of the world around us. In March’s painting, a little boy imitates the adults, forming a cone with his hands. Two young businessmen have complicated the exercise with a contraption of their own. A little girl stands to the side, unconcerned; she’s eating an ice cream cone. The elder of the group, a woman leaning on a cane, is looking outward through her cone. Her eye, like a penny at the bottom of a well, is fixed on us.
My pastel workshop kicks off at Creative Arts Workshop next Thursday! Join me in using pastels to capture a portrait. Dates: Thursdays, 5/2 – 5/23
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Tuition: 4 sessions: $180
My piece “Cone of Vision” (40″ x 26″, oil on canvas, 2017-2019) was accepted in Kehler Liddel Gallery‘s annual juried exhibition “2020”
The show runs April 25th – May 26th, 2019. 973 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT.
There will be a Panel Discussion, “Dialogue in a Time of Discord,” moderated by Leah Andelsmith on Sunday, April 28th, @ 3pm with an Opening Reception to follow until 6pm.
I originally showed “Cone of Vision” in my “Coney Island:Myth and Memory” show in 2017. But I reworked almost all it over the past year, keeping the essential concept and most of the poses but strengthening the weave of the composition and adding some new figures. It’s a good piece and I’m proud of it. And it looks better in person than in a jpg, so go see the show! 🙂
“Cone of Vision” refers to a concept in perspective drawing where you only draw a subset of your full view (what you can see within a 45-60 degree “cone” radiating out from your eye) to reduce the mismatch between the shapes the perspective system delivers and the shapes that you see with your eyes at the edges of your vision. I once showed my students how this works by actually building paper cones that they could look through. The result was a bit like what it looks like in this painting.
I’ve got a new painting class starting this Thursday in New Haven- “How to Mix Color: An Introduction to Color Theory and Color-Spot Painting”
Learn how to use the basics of color theory to improve your ability to mix colors that capture the vibrancy of the world of color around you. We will put theory to practice with a “color spot” painting from a still life that focuses on the exact relationship between the large areas of color that make up a composition.
At a recent visit back home to Illinois over the holidays I got a chance to visit the David Adler Center where I got my early art training. They asked me to do an interview about my experiences there for their website! I was honored. Enjoy!
Join me for an introduction to the basic forms of the head and features. Then we’ll explore how to use this understanding to capture a convincing likeness of a live model in light and shadow. Finally! Learn how to draw eyes in three dimensions!
Learn the basics of structural
drawing, form modeling and composition through the study of still life
objects. The class is designed to give you a clear process of looking
and drawing that can be used both for simple objects and more
Learn perspective, structural drawing, composition and how drawing your world can bring a heightened artistic awareness to everyday life. The class will meet at 92Y and occasionally on-site at different locations in the neighborhood.
Tuesdays, 9 am – 11:30 am. First class Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Trees are a beautiful and compelling (yet challenging) subject for many artists. Get some focused time to learn about common patterns to look for in tree shapes, how to start and finishing a drawing of a tree, and techniques for simplifying and rendering details. A must for any landscape artist. The class will meet at historic Edgerton Park, home of some of the largest and most beautiful tree specimens in New Haven.
Saturdays October 13 & 20, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm. Rain date on October 27.
I’m happy to be returning to the League to teach “Fundamentals of Drawing” on Monday nights, June 4–August 13. Learn the basics of structural drawing, form modeling and composition through the study of still life objects. The class is designed to give you a clear process of looking and drawing that can be used both for simple objects and more complicated subjects.