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2023 E-telier (Online Salon) at Art Students League of New York

2023 E-telier (Online Salon) at Art Students League of New York

The Art Students League of New York continues its E-telier series of online salons, featuring work from the students in its online classes.

I am pleased to be participating again as part of the salon for the Advanced Drawing & Painting class with Chris Gallego. The Salon runs through May, 2023. This year my piece “Summer’s End” is featured as part of the League’s May Salon.  This oil painting is an early fall rural landscape finished earlier this year.

During the Pandemic, the League went online with its classes. Although in-person classes have since resumed, the E-telier online classes have continued to thrive, offering a great range of instruction, from Conceptual Art to traditional figure drawing.

Browsing the work in this Spring’s E-telier Salons is a clear demonstration of the instructors’ skills as well as that of the many impressive students. Check them out – you’ll see what I mean.

Joining the Curatorial Committee for The Gallery at Spencertown Academy

Joining the Curatorial Committee for The Gallery at Spencertown Academy

I’m pleased to announce I will be joining the Curatorial Committee for the Gallery at Spencertown Academy Arts Center n Spencertown, New York.

The Gallery hosts several exhibitions annually, from botanical shows (in coordination with their Garden Tours) to Invitational Shows of selected artists, Member Shows, and Juried Fine Art shows.

This year I will be working on the Regional Juried Fine Arts Show, to take place in September-October 2023. We will also begin work shortly on planning for the 2024 Gallery season. The Regional show will be open to artists in and surrounding Columbia County, New York (show theme to be announced).

The committee is chaired by Norma Cohen. Other new committee members this year I am excited to be working with are: Christian Dewailly, painter David Lesako, and designer/metalsmith Munya Avigail Upin

I look forward to forging new paths in the months ahead with the committee and other members of the staff and board at Spencertown Academy.


Field studies to studio paintings

Field studies to studio paintings

Recently I took a class with Bernard Dellario at the Winslow Art Center to explore the use of gouache as a field study medium.

While gouache is less frequently used than either sketching tools or transparent watercolors, it has the advantages of being opaque. This helps the artist in the field by allowing you to paint color-over color, regardless of value.

Dellario’s methodology includes two approaches: limited palette “wet gouache” method, where a few primary colors are mixed on a disposable palette, and a “dry” method, where a larger palette of dried “cakes” of color prepared ahead of time by the artist allow you to paint in a somewhat thinner manner.

I like both methods, and experimented with them recently. Here is an example of a pondside painting I did, first in gouache, then translating into oil in the studio:

gouache field study of pondside rocks by Meryl Enerson

Gouache plein air study of pondside rocks (6 x 8″)

Oil painting of pondside rocks by Meryl Enerson

Pondside Rocks (oil, 9 x 12″)

Tropical colors

Tropical colors

One thing that has always struck me is the way colors change and imbue a landscape with mood. In different time zones, this can be intensified and is one of the great pleasures of travel (whether you’re an artist or not). The scene above is the

On a recent trip to Hawaii, a “Kona Low” tropical storm hit just as we were landing. This is a once or twice-a-year event, and was not what my party of four was expecting. But it made for some good photos (to become paintings).

I captured the wet, windy trip to the hotel in a moving car (see above). The thing that struck me as a landscape artist was the deep maroon in the earth.

Later in the trip, the wind was still in evidence but the sun had come out and brought out the colors normally associated with the tropics -deep aquatic blues and bright contrasts of tan and apricot-colored buildings. This is the way most people think of Hawaii (and the tropics) but the stormy scenes brought out different colors – and opportunities to paint.

painting of shadows on a hotel building near a beach

“Hotel Shadows” – Oil on canvas (9 x 12″)






2022 “eSalon” at Art Students League of New York

2022 “eSalon” at Art Students League of New York

Last month, the Art Students League of New York began presenting an “eSalon” featuring work from the students in its various “e-telier” classes (virtual classes). The show runs through June 2022.

I am pleased to have my painting “Last Light” (2021, oil on paper) be part of the Chris Gallego March eSalon (detail shown here).  The painting is a winter scene of a local farm, seen at end-of-day. I enjoy these evocative moments when the light changes rapidly and the scene is all about mood.

This was a painting done a part of Chris Gallego’s League ongoing monthly class: “Advanced Drawing, Painting & Composition,” which has created a wonderful community of artists. I especially admire Chris Gallego‘s contemporary approach to representational painting and his thoughtful insights on the painting process.

The eSalon is running through May, 2022.

See the League’s entire 2022 E-telier Student Salon

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