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  • If you know me at all, you know how much I love cats.

    How does my love for cats translate through my art? Big, small, skinny, round—I can't get enough! Why, you ask? Funny story. So, I grew up only ever having dogs, never cats. In fact, I was allergic to cats. Because of this, I projected my dislike for my allergies to a dislike of cats. WHAT A MISTAKE! It wasn't until I met my wife, in my mid 20's, that I found my true loves! Yes, my wife, but also her cat, Kitty. I was smitten. Amazingly, I had no allergic reaction to Kitty. And what I found instead was this big fluffy grey kitty monster with the sweetest personality. Little did I know that Kitty started my love affair with cats big and small everywhere. This painting, which I named 'Midday Gaze', was an exercise in composition. Often, I paint portraits that are focused on the animals' face. But, in this piece, I wanted to tell you something. I saw this guy standing in the plain, gazing off into the distance after a midday meal. His mane gently blows from the steady breeze as the grass and leaves rustle around him. He looks around, fixing his eyes on something in the distance. He's still and waits patiently to react. Cats are fantastic.

  • A common starling that isn't so common.

    How does this little galaxy bird brings me closer to a universal connection? I've never actually seen a common starling. Only in pictures at least. Like a nebula from space, this bird has some serious effect on me. I seem to get lost in it's colors and stardust—the little sprinkles of light delicately splattered upon it's chest. He seems to be floating almost, gently and effortlessly finding his way. Another gentle spirit speaking to me, telling me to connect, relax, and be free. Yet, here I sit, in my studio, trying to find the words (and brushstrokes) to express myself. I've wanted to paint a starling for years, and in fact, have tried on several occasions. It never seemed to work out and always left me in a state of despair. So, I put it aside, and moved on. I had the urge to try again and consciously tried to let go and paint with more freedom. The truth is, I'm not sure how much I like it. But, I'm so happy with the way I created it. Connect, relax, and be free. #galaxybird #starling #spiritualquest

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  • Watercolor Artist Eric Sweet | Watercolor Birds, Wildlife, & Modern Abstract Paintings | Custom Watercolor Art

    Explore WATERCOLOR ARTIST ERIC SWEET W elcome to my online gallery. I'm Eric. I'm a watercolor artist based out of East Lansing, Michigan. I paint primarily birds and animals while also painting modern abstracts and landscapes. My wildlife pieces are painted loosely and quickly with layered washes, exaggerated color, and splatter. I like to describe them as dreamy star-dusted animals! My abstracts are ocean inspired, modern expressionistic watercolors, and are mounted on stainless steel and coated with epoxy resin. I regularly take on commissioned work, painting a wide variety of subjects in watercolors. If you're interested in a custom quote, please contact me here . ​ Please have a look around, visit my shop , and do contact me with any questions. Learn more about my process and inspiration here . Thanks for visiting —I truly appreciate you being here. New Releases Ocean Inspired Abstract Watercolors Mounted on Stainless Steel, Coated in Resin ​ '"Flying above the ocean, I envision myself peering down into the varying depths of the unknown." Explore. Commission a Watercolor On The Move a Carolina Tiger Rescue Collaboration The Artist Shop Wildlife Shop Abstracts Shop Birds

  • Custom Watercolor Paintings | Commissioned Animal and Bird Art

    COMMISSION A PAINTING ​To commission a custom watercolor, please email me below and include a brief description of your desired painting, desired size, and any reference photos. Paintings are priced based on size and complexity. You can expect smaller works to be completed in two to three weeks once started. Larger or more complex pieces may take up to two months. ​ I look forward to hearing from you! Subject* arrow&v Upload File Upload supported file (Max 15MB) Your details were sent successfully! Send

  • Watercolor Artist Eric Sweet | About the Artist

    ERIC SWEET Welcome! I'm Eric. I'm a watercolor artist based out of East Lansing, Michigan. I paint primarily birds and animals and have recently started painting abstracts and landscapes. I love the nature of watercolor, the translucency it provides, and the light-hearted nature of the medium. My abstracts are ocean inspired. Flying above I envision myself peering down into the varying depths of the unknown. These works are purely expressionistic and are titled based on what I was feeling or thinking about during their creation. Their construction is unique, as they are mounted on stainless steel, coated with epoxy resin, and hung one inch off the wall. My animal and bird paintings are loose and spontaneous, painted with large washes and splatter, exaggerated color, and smooth gradations. With quiet brushstrokes, I can momentarily escape the madness into the wild and connect with nature. Animals for me have always been a safe haven—gentle souls that are in touch with a peaceful spiritual world. My relationship to the animal spirit is the driving force behind my work and my sole motivation.​ My approach is purely interpretive in nature. Put differently, these paintings take into consideration my interpretation of the animals’ spirit, not necessarily their true appearance. I like to describe them as dreamy star-dusted animals, but you can decide for yourself. In the end, these paintings capture the animal spirit in a unique blend of realism and impressionism. ​Less frequently, I’ll dabble in oils using a variety of approaches. Most traditionally, I’ll paint with quick but precise brushwork, focusing on shape, value, and color. This realistic approach allows me to focus on the feeling of the animal and scene rather than getting lost in the details. Up close, the brushstrokes come alive to tell the story of the creation of the painting. Using black oil paint in a dry brush manner, I’ll focus on the small details, resulting in a more realistic painting. Lastly, using only my hands as tools, I’ll finger paint large scale oils for a truly unique one-of-a-kind piece. If you’re interested in a painting or commissioned piece, but want more information, please email me here . ​ When I'm not painting, you may find me woodworking, golfing, or spending time with my amazing wife and daughter.

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