- February-
Jazz Musicians and Me.
A number of times I have told my students and possibly to my collectors that there is a strong similarity between a jazz performance and the way I paint.   I used to say this because it only seemed natural that the improvisational aspect of jazz playing seems to fit the description of my thinking while painting.  This is not something I had confirmed until just recently.
An article in National Geographic magazine highlights a study on brain activity monitored while a jazz musician performs.  It states that the musician is able to “bypass the brain” and subdue the self-monitoring portion of his thinking while elevating the activity within the self-expressive portion.  This is all very physical- there are certain portions of the brain for each way of thinking.  I can actually feel the difference between the two- it can be very uncomfortable when the two are fighting each other.
In a bit of self-evaluation, learning to subdue the self-monitoring portion of my brain  is exactly what I do.  In the past I have called it a “higher order of thinking” or that I “concentrate more on design principles than what my subject looks like realistically”. (Creating a totally realistic painting is no longer my goal;  I am more focused on a sense of expression; i.e., Expressionism.)
The challenge for me over the years has been to keep in the self expressive portion of my brain to the end of the painting execution: it takes concentration and a fortitude to not slip into the analytical side of my thinking but to trust that the painting will come out in the end, even if it doesn’t seem to make sense at the time of execution. Hard to do, but so rewarding. I believe this is what the best creative artists have learned to master.
It is nice when a one comes across an article that reinforces what was already surmised!

- Eric

Eric is the featured artist at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, OR starting February 9th until March 5th.
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"I have no doubt that his future accomplishments will leave an indelible mark upon the American art scene." Irving Shapiro, AWS, Former President and Director of American Academy of Art.

Eric Wiegardt, AWS-DF, NWS has left an indelible mark on both the American and International art scene. He is one of the few to be awarded both the GOLD MEDAL and DOLPHIN FELLOW from the oldest and most prestigious watercolor society, AMERICAN WATERCOLOR SOCIETY, NEW YORK. He has participated in numerous museum exhibitions throughout the US and China.

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