- October-
Last week I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at my joint retrospective with David Campiche (“Form and Fluidity” Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, Ilwaco, WA) and since this was a first for me, I will have to say it was quite enjoyable!  I am thankful that a large crowd showed up to hear me talk about something near and dear to me- my paintings and my family.
I, and I think others, found it quite interesting- thanks to Betsy Millard’s, director of the museum, beautiful arrangement of my paintings- as the display gave a great overview of my creative development over a period of 50 years; there are even a few images I did when I was about ten years old. Paintings that were done in Jr High were followed by later attempts in college and the first years as a professional artist, concluding with more contemporary paintings.
Like many artists, my earliest attempts were rather crude undertakings in trying to make a painting “look” like the subject. Even my attempts in college and the first years back to the peninsula demonstrate a realism that was the focus of my attention. Several of the paintings done at this time were of my wonderful wife Ann, and our children.  However, if one looks closely, signs of a loose, expresssionistic brushwork began to appear over time. Thanks to Betsy’s displaying talents, examples of early and later paintings of the same motif highlight the growth. The paintings then conclude with an intimate showing of my latest:  the Tidepoint Series.
The gathering also gave me a chance to share the more intimate side of being an artist: the thrill of accomplishment, but also the periods of doubt that I am sure all artists face.  It was wonderful to share the personal stories behind each painting -which usually involved family members.
It was all a very enjoyable experience and I trust the audience enjoyed it as much as I did. 
Thank you for the journey!
- Eric

Oysterville #3
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Cranberry Harvest
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October is such a wonderful month of contrasts. The trees lose their foliage, the landscape turns to browns and golds yet in the midst of the subdued colors, a blaze of color comes through, the Cranberry Bogs.
It is harvest time for the cranberries scattered all up and down the 26 mile long Long Beach Peninsula. These bright red little berries have a peculiar characteristic: they have a light, spongy center. The harvesters fill the bogs with water, the cranberries float to the top and are raked into a boom, which conveys them to the waiting trucks. It is early, long hours and hard work, but oh how we enjoy them for Thanksgiving!
This painting “Cranberry Harvest - Pulling in the Boom“ captures the vivid colors and a harvester manning the boom. I so enjoyed being out during harvest in the cool, crisp air, capturing this time in the life of our peninsula. - Eric

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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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