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Erik Johnson  I paint stuff

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There's an interplay with mediums that sometimes occurs during the process of making art. It's fleeting and mesmerizing and most often only seen and enjoyed by the solitary artist working alone in the studio. It's one of those small rewards that occurs during the journey of creating a finished piece. This journey is endlessly fascinating and I'm thankful to be taking it. #wip #watercolor #thankful #process #fleeting #transitory #sketchbook #sketch #watercolorsketch #abstractart #moleskine #artvideo #westernnorthcarolina #westernnc #colors

Trying out a new #watercolor #sketchbook. I own a lot of sketchbooks but I have yet to fill one completely. There is always the fear that I'll draw or paint something ugly in it and ruin the whole book. Or worse yet, someone will see my ugly sketch and judge me as a fraud or a bad human. 😜 Fear is often a factor for many artists. It can be crippling. But it's important to get past it and just create! At least that's what I keep telling myself. If you're an artist, do you wrestle with fear? #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #watercolorsketch #sketch #artandfear #fear

A close-up from an older painting. Seems like bugs end up in my work with some frequency. When I was taking reference photos for this painting the ant had no interest in posing and would scurry off as soon as I had put it in position on the penny. After many failed attempts I put him (or her?) in the fridge for several minutes. That did the trick. The few seconds it took the ant to warm up before running away were just enough to to get the shots I needed. #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #ant #honestabe #penny

Here's a detail shot from what turned out to be of my favorite pieces from a few years ago. The full image was posted way back in my feed but it's small and difficult to see the details. #houseofcards #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #goldfish

First layer on this small 5"x7" painting. Normally I finish a painting in one layer but I'm trying to get better transitions and edges in my paintings so I'm going to try the multi-layered approach and see what happens. This first layer was completed in a few hours but I'll make a second pass when it drys and paint it over completely, trying to achieve even softer edges to give the appearance that parts of the painting are out of focus. It's already beginning to have that look, but it needs more work. #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #wip #olive #olives

Because at some point every painter has to post a varnishing video... It's mandatory if you don't want to be disavowed 😜. I think the same applies to #woodworkers too. And who doesn't love seeing how it makes a painting come alive? There are lots of options for varnishing. I like #gamvar made by @gamblincolors #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #varnish

Things are blooming in the studio. Blocking in some geraniums. Starting with all the larger masses and then once that's laid in I'll drill down into the details. #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #wip

Detail of a study from this afternoon. Trying to regularly practice on loosening up... and also trying to post more often. #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina

Finished this one up yesterday. It's 10" x 10". Oil on panel. I suppose there aren't too many insects that could be the focal point of a painting but ladybugs are acceptable, right? #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina #ladybug

Hello painting, I have missed you. In my absence I've moved from the coast of to the mountains. It was a lot of work... more than I imagined, but the hiatus is over and it's time to get back into the studio. I did this piece as a warm up to work back into the process of painting. #oilpainting #realism #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #fineart #instaart #westernnorthcarolina

After an all-nighter I finally finished this piece. It's for the 'Attention To Detail' show at @robertlangestudios which will be an incredible show that I'm honored to be included in. This painting is titled 'Political Solution' and is 18" x 18", oil on panel. Hope you like it! #oilpainting #contemporaryrealism #representationalart #charleston #goldfish #conceptual

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