The Alternative Facts Gallery (ongoing portrait series)

The other day, I was on the way to a friend’s house for a gathering of artists who meet and share their work together. I have been going for a few weeks.

As is my way, I was mulling something over on the way there. I had shared a post that was defending libraries for the techno-futurist claim, that in the information age, there is no need for public libraries and stacks of books available for anyone.  The problem I was mulling over: “do these people really exist, people that imagine there is no need for public libraries making information free to all?”

Certainly, they do. There exists a sad sort of person that despite wealth and privilege and all the advantages that an education confers, –somehow look at all the grief and horror that makes up the world and, yet, the greatest injustice they can conceive of –and the one that keeps them awake at night– is the injustice that somewhere, public funds are being used to give a poor person something for free.

When I think of the pitched political battles in the US since my childhood in the 1980s, the common theme has been Conservative politicians (and some neo-Liberal ones) chipping away at all the Social Safety Net that protects the poorest among us from worse deprivations. Then, I thought:

What if, all these powerful men, were not men of wealth and status? What if I re-imagined some alternate timeline where they were not protected by their wealth, and privileged, but lived lives that were desperate and roiled by misfortune. What if these men weren’t powerful men, but homeless men, the impoverished, or the incarcerated?

This is an ongoing portrait project. For each portrait, I will create and alternative biography (based on details from their actual biographies) and create alternative fact biographies for each picture.

My end goal here is not to cast scorn on the men depicted, (though I feel the scorn is much deserved), but rather, if we can imagine powerful men as homeless men, then we ought to be able to find a way to, and the means to, raise those men and women around us who are the homeless, addicted, and impoverished, towards a better future for them and for us.

 

Paul Ryan, born Janesville, Wisconsin, 1970

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Case notes: Paul has faced a long-time methamphetamine addiction, (15+ years) that began when he followed his father (Paul Davis Ryan Sr.) into the construction trade. He became dependent during times work was more scarce and has repeated bouts of unemployment and incarceration (drug manufacture/distribution, armed robbery, drug possession and operating a vehicle while ability impaired). The family’s resources were strained when an onsite accident caused his father’s disability and there was further strain at home when an elder relative moved into the household needing care. Paul has been homeless for about the past 8 years. He is still actively using. His drug use makes him often unpredictable and difficult to house.

 

Donald J. Trump born June 14th, 1946, Queens, NY.

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Donald Trump, alternative facts portrait, acrylic paint and graphite on gessoed paper, 8.5″ x 10″

 

Case notes: Donald is a mixed drug user and a serial sexual offender/pedophile (level 3). Raised in Queens, NY, when he has not been incarcerated, he has run a small subcontracting firm, –which folded when he was sued for defrauding an elderly client. He has committed sexual offenses against both adult women and adolescent children. (see read more)

The duration of Donald’s homelessness has been greater than twenty years. He is also known to be positive for Hep C (intravenous drug user).

 

Mitch McConnell Born Sheffield, Alabama, 1940s (date in-precise)

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Case notes: Mitch has had lifelong mobility impairments due to inadequate treatment of polio at age 2. At present he is wheelchair-bound. Nonetheless he is an abuser of prescription painkillers. He was –for a time the proprietor of a small book-shop. He was forced into early retirement (social security remains his sole source of income) which he took with early retirement penalty when a nearby Wal-mart Supercenter made his business no longer profitable. Mitch currently resides in public housing for the aged.

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New Works/Works in Progress, Eleven Images, 2018

This is my page for all the new work.

As always, older work can be seen at the link:  https://wp.me/p2c9SR-Ag

New work, “A Window II”. This work is based on a similar work from 2016.

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“The Window II” charcoal and acrylic paint on gessoed wood panel, 7″ x 18″, $175.

The buyer of that work made the suggestion I make a series like it, and last night I made a second version of the piece. The original is shown here: You can read about its making at the link: https://wp.me/p2c9SR-qM

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A Window, charcoal and acrylic paint on wood panel, 9″ x 19″ (SOLD)

New piece on the smaller easel, I began color-blocking this yesterday.

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New work, untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ colorblocking

 

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Untitled, first sitting, oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ first sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 24″ second sitting.

 

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“Nothing Grows Here and No One Stays” oil and graphite on canvas 16″ x 20″ $235.

New piece, did the color blocking for another (smaller and more affordable) triptych. Got everything in place, now I am on to building up the colors.

When this is finished, it will be suspended together via chain and hooks.

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Untitled, triptych, oil and graphite on canvas, 3 x 11″x 14″ panels, color blocking.

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Untitled, triptych, 3 x 11″ x 14″ panels,oil and graphite on canvas,, first sitting.

 

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Untitled, 3x 11″x 14″ panels, oil and graphite on canvas, second sitting.

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Panel 1

 

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Panel 2

 

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Panel 3

 

Developing this one, really love how it is coming together. Perhaps one more session on this and It will be done:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 3 x 11″ x 14″ third sitting.

Update on this one. It is not quite done, but nearly so, I feel:

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Triptych, oil and graphite on 3 x 11″ x 14″ panels, fourth sitting.

 

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“This Was Only Meant to Scar You” oil and graphite on 3 11″ x 14″ panels, (this is near complete, but I may do a bit more with it)

At long last, calling this one done. After painting it vertically, I have decided I am going to display it horizontally. Will update when I work that out:

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“This Was Only Meant to Scar You” oil and graphite on 3 x 11″ x 14″ panels, final.

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Detail, panel 3 right.

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Detail, panel 2, center.

 

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Detail, Panel 1, left.

 

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Shown horizontally, the final piece will be displayed this way.

Color-blocking on two new pieces:

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artist’s note: I chose to do a treatment of the double-helix structure of DNA, because it represented a certain challenge –because there’s a certainly difficulty, for me, to do a work of something that’s a commonly produced image, and one I associate strongly with another artist.

We’ll see what happens as the piece develops.

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Double-Helix motif, second sitting, 12″ x 24″ oil and graphite on canvas.

 

Setting this one aside, to work on the other one. Also, it has a name now.

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“I  Don’t Feel Like Star-Stuff Today Kid (I’m Left-over Parts of Lizards and Fish)” oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 24″ third sitting.

 

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“I  Don’t Feel Like Star-Stuff Today Kid (I’m Left-over Parts of Lizards and Fish)” oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 24″ $275.

 

 

And on the second easel:

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Untitled, color blocking, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″

 

first sitting:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ first sitting.

 

Developed this work at my friend’s art party. I like what’s happening here:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″, second sitting.

 

This one is now finished and for sale. When it’s dry, I am doing a high-gloss finish with this one:

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“You Bring the Rust, I Got the Belt” 12″x 12″ oil and graphite on canvas. $165.

 

 

Started a second new work. I am working in a limited color palette designed for a particular space I may have the opportunity to show work at, –loosely this is a series of oil paintings meant to be shown together. (the other I have started begins a couple images down).

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New work, color blocking, oil and graphite 11″ x 14″

 

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Untitled, first sitting, oil and graphite on canvas 11″ x 14″

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ second sitting

 

Did some work on this last night, I’m not sure it’s totally done, but is certainly nearly there:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on Canvas, 11″ x 14″ third siting.

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“Some Streets to be Lost On,” oil and graphite, 11″ x 14″ $175

 

As a couple housekeeping items, this work is finished:

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“A Bloom Where you Are Planted, A Bloom Where You Lie” oil and graphite on canvas, 20″ x 24″ $300

 

 

And this piece needs a chain to suspend them together.

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“Time is the Architect of Ruins” oil and graphite on canvas,  2 x 22″ x 14″ canvas, needs chain.

 

And now this one is ready for sale/exhibit:

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“Time is the Architect of Ruins” oil and graphite on canvas 2 x 11″ x 14″ canvas, total dimensions 14″ x 31.5″, affixed by chain, final $425

 

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“Time is the Architect of Ruins” oil and graphite on canvas 2 x 11″ x 14″ canvas, affixed by chain, final $425

 

 

And, now, with all the current commissions finished (one is yet to be delivered, but I thank the buyer for their patience) now it is time to move forward on 2018 work.

The first fully 2018 piece of 2018:

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untitled, color blocking, oil and graphite on canvas 16″ x 20″

 

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Untitled, first sitting, 16″ x 20″ oil and graphite on canvas.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ second sitting.

 

Did some development on this one yesterday:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas 16″ x 20″ third sitting.

 

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“The Machining of Greenery” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $225

 

As always, message me at eaton.robertb@gmail to inquire about individual works. Payment plans are always available –with a 25% deposit (non-refundable). Payment via pay-pal.

Monster-building (Eleven Monsters)

Making this post for people who may not be able to attend. I’m very pleased to have two of my masks (both of them, brand new never-before-seen works, exhibited at tonight’s “Behind The Mask” event, May 12, 2017) at the Albany Barn. I began using plaster and wire to build elaborate decorative masks some years ago, and the event was an exciting opportunity.

These past couple years I have become active as a Certified Peer Specialist, and this is not the first time my work as an artist has overlapped my personal experience as well as my work in the field of mental health as a peer. I knew pretty quickly the idea I was going to develop for these to masks –but more on that later.

I began with some concept sketches.

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Hymn/the 400, concept sketch, acrylic on gessoed paper

 

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Concept sketch, Hymn/the 400, in charcoal on paper. Sometimes when Hymn appears, his limbs are distorted, or in this case truncated.

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The Nails, concept sketch, charcoal on paper.

 

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Hymn/the 400 charcoal and acrylic paint on gessoed paper.

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The Nails, charcoal and acrylic paint on gessoed paper.

After several renderings of each idea, I had a pretty good idea of the direction I was going. After that I began to twist wire, like so:

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Wire armature, “Hymn/the 400”

The cloth and plaster makes building a mask in this style somewhat hard to wear, as they are extraordinarily heavy. The armatures for these had to be constructed thoughtfully to distribute the mask’s weight, and anchor the plaster to a frame.

The armature for “The Nails” ended up much more intricate and heavier. The extra wire was needed to support a large lower jaw full of carpentry nails.  I twisted and cut the wire to build the masks in several sessions over 2 days –then it was on to plastering:

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Boxes of plaster, and an assortment of tools.

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A pile of cloth strips, seen here with one of the concept drawings for “Hymn”

After stretching the cloth over each frame, the cloth was then coated with another layer of plaster (using a painting brush). The masks then were allowed to dry over twenty-four hours, sanded, and finally painted

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Starting the process of painting.

The painting took two separate sessions, the paint was allowed to dry between sessions. Finally, a layer of high-gloss poly/epoxy was added to make the finishing touch.

 

Finally, our two masks:

 

 

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“The Nails” decorative mask, wire, plaster, cloth, nails and oil paint. ($600).

 

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“Hymn/the 400” Decorative mask. Wire, cloth, plaster, and oil paint. ($750).

 

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Hymn/the 400, side view.

 

For purposes of explanation, I am including my artist’s explanation, as it will appear tonight at the gallery:

“Most of us live with monsters. Most of us live with nagging voices of self-doubt and critique in our heads. For some people, these interior monologues become recognized as entities separate from the person experiencing them.  They take on personalities, affect, and motivation separate from the individual. The discipline, psychiatry, recognizes this and names the person’s experience one of several diagnostic terms. Treatment for these illnesses often involves heavy psychotropic medication and repeated hospitalizations.

Since the 1970’s, the Peer Movement (Mad Pride movement) has developed alternative ways of both treating symptoms and understanding their significance. Advocates have had some successes changing the nature of mental health care in the United States to one that empowers individuals.

The artist, in 2014, attended a seminar with UK Mental Health peer advocate, Ron Coleman. Coleman himself is a voice-hearer, and at the seminar the artist was introduced to the idea of “voice profiling.” The masks, with the materials explaining them, are in fact a development of Coleman’s idea of voice profiling. Using a mask-building technique the artist learned as an undergrad at The College of Saint Rose, the masks are the artist’s re-creation and imagining of the voices which have accompanied the nearly two decades of his illness in adult life.”

New Works, Eleven Images 2017

Sorry, but I am getting caught up here. The older works (and some of these while the were still in progress) are here: https://elevenimages.wordpress.com/2016/01/06/eleven-images-new-work-2016/

As always, if you’d like to inquire about the pieces here (or any other pieces on the site not marked NFS, of course) simple e-mail me at eaton.robertb@gmail.com.

Meanwhile, here’s what I have been up to since the first of the year:

I am feeling very pastel today, began working on the two newest pieces. On the small easel, here:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 2 x 11″ x 14″ canvas, first sitting.

 

Did some more work on both the oil paintings:

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“Time is the Architect of Ruins” oil and graphite on 2 x 11″ x 14″ second sitting,

 

I think the painting here is done, before I put it up for sale it will be suspended by chain:

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“Time is the Architect of Ruins” oil and graphite on 2 x 11″ x 14″ third sitting

 

And on the large easel:

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 29″ first sitting.

Second sitting:

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Untitled work, oil and graphite on canvas 24″ x29″ second sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 29″ third sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 29″, fourth sitting.

 

 

I’m still working on the two previous pieces. Lately, I got a little side-tracked by something that interested me about doing the Sketching events. For those events, I have been working in mixed media (graphite, markers, paint, colored pencil). I started work on a mixed media piece on a roll of gessoed brown paper:

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Untitled work in mixed media on brown paper, 16″ x 30″, work in progress.

 

Back to working on the mixed-media piece:

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The mixed media piece on the floor, where I have been working on it.

 

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“Untitled (better image) mixed media on gessoed brown paper, third sitting.

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“Untitled” mixed media on gessoed brown paper, in progress.

On the small easel, color-blocking a smallish piece in oil:

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New work, color blocking, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 14″

 

Spent a couple hours on developing the smaller of the two oils I am currently working on:

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“No Matter Where I Go, I keep Finding Myself Back Here” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ second sitting.

 

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“No Matter Where I Go, I Keep Finding Myself Back Here” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″, third sitting.

 

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“No Matter Where I Go, I Keep Ending Up Back Here” oil and graphite on Canvas, 11″ x 14″ $145.

 

Started a new piece. For whatever reason, I wanted to orient this canvas diagonally to make a 10″ by 10″ diamond shape. Like so:

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Blank canvas, on easel.

I began by sketching an idea in graphite, and decide on a mix media piece, using graphite, marker, and acrylic paint.

This is the first sitting with that painting:

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The Hummingbird, mixed media on 10″ x 10″ canvas, first sitting.

 

Did a little work yesterday, working slowly and exacting to get what I want here:

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Hummingbird, mixed media piece (acrylic paint, graphite, pencil, marker on a 10″ x 10″ canvas, second sitting.

 

It finally came together in the third sitting, really happy with this now.

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“Hummingbird” mixed media on canvas, 10″ x 10″  $135 (sale pending)

 

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“Hummingbird” mixed media on canvas, 10″ x 10″  $135 (SALE pending)

 

Started working on two new pieces. Like the last one, this will also be joined by lengths of chain.

 

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Untitled, graphite and oil, 2 x 16″ x 20″ first sitting.

 

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Untitled, graphite and oil, 2 x 16″ x 20″ second sitting.

 

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Untitled (birb-something) oil and graphite on two 16″ x 20″ canvas, third sitting.

 

Worked for a little while on this one, it is getting much much closer to where I want it to be, but I will likely need another time or two at my canvas before I am ready to hang this one and let it dry.

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Untitled, graphite and oil on two 16″ x 20″ canvases, fourth sitting

 

Continuing to develop this piece, it is very close here, but I will likely continue working on it.

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 2 X 16″ 20″ canvas, fifth sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 2 x 16″ x 20″ panels, panel 1. (top)

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 2 x 16″ x 20″ panels, panel 2. (bottom)

 

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“Every Mourner’s Cry Echos” oil and graphite on canvas, 2 x 16″ x 20″ canvas affixed with hooks and chain (16″ x 44″ total dimensions), final, $480.

 

…and on the smaller easel:

 

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Untitled, graphite an oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″, first sitting.

 

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Untitled, graphite and oil, 11 x 14″,  second sitting.

 

Final

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“At a Red-light in a Warzone” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ final $205

 

I needed to push out some quick canvases to hit some of those lower price points.  Tweaking this one, but it’s done. It just needs a coat of finish, once it’s dried overnight:

 

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“Dispatches from the Life-ruiner’s Society” graphite and acylic on canvas, 8″ x 10″ (draft)

And development:

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in progress

 

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Dispatches from the Life-ruiner’s Club, graphite and acylic on canvas 8″ x 10″ $45

Began color-blocking a new piece:

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Untitled, graphite and oil on canvas, color-blocking.

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ first sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ (second sitting)

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“Those that Keep Watch” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ $235

 

 

A little more minimalist that what I generally do, but so far I like how this one has started, quite a lot.

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas 11″ x 14″, first sitting.

Second sitting:

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“It’s not that way, It’s over here” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ second sitting.

To finish out this piece, my feeling was a couple of touches were needed, to balance the image with a cool-ish color, but very subtle so as not to change the over-all tonal palette of the image. I think I got what I was looking for with this piece.

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“It’s Not that Way it’s Over Here” Oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ $145

 

 

 

New works in progress. It’s been a while since I have done anything very large. A lot of my recent work been with 12″ x 12″ canvases, and 8″ x 12″. I decided I need to scale up, and I put three 16″ x 20″ canvas together for a total dimension of 20″ x 48″. Did the color blocking, and I have begun to move into building up the paint.

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“Untitled” oil and graphite on 3 x 16″ x 20″ canvas panels, first sitting.

 

This has been a slow practice in building color, at first glance, it may look like little has changed since the first image, but several more hours of building color have now gone into this one:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 3 x 16″ x 20″, third sitting.

Spent some time on this one:

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Untitled, 3 x 16″ x 20″, oil and graphite on canvas, up close details

 

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shot 2, up close, details

 

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Untitled, 3 x 16″ x 20″ oil and graphite on canvas full image, second sitting.

 

Third sitting:

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Anguish is the Only Language in Which I have Proficiency” Graphite and oil on 3 x 16″ x 20″ canvas, third sitting.

A better look:

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Panels 1, 2 and 3, respectively.

 

The piece is done, and drying, I will post more images of the triptych when it is dried and attached via chain and ready to hang:

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The Triptych, (“Anguish is the Only Language in Which I have Proficiency”) drying.

 

Triptych, fully assembled, “Anguish is the Only Language in Which I have Proficiency” oil and graphite on 3 x 16″ x 20″ panels. Hung with chain, full dimensions: 20″ x 62″.

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“Anguish is the only Language in Which I have Proficiency” oil and graphite on 3 x 16″ x 20″ panels, hung with chain (full dimensions 20″ x 62″), $650

 

 

This piece came together quickly, I will do a little cleaning the image up, but likely, it will be 90% done as of this image:

 

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“Aphasia (Blunt Force)” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ first sitting.

 

This piece may be done –I’m still deciding.

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Aphasia (blunt force) 16″ x 20″ oil and graphite on canvas second sitting.

 

Began color-blocking on a new piece:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 2 12″ x 12″ canvas, color blocking.

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Untitled, first sitting, oil and graphite on 2 12″ x 12″ canvas.

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“She Has Constellations Within Her” oil and graphite on canvas on 2 x 12″ x 12″ canvas, second sitting.

 

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“She Has Constellations Within Her,” 2 x 12″ x 12″ oil and graphite on canvas, suspended with chain & hooks (final). $195, (on left), pictured here with its companion piece, “No One Got Left.” [sold].

 

New work, first sitting. A couple artist friends have suggested a very high-gloss varnish for this piece. As a result, I am probably going to clean up this image only slightly, –leaving the image mostly unchanged– and experiment with some varnishes. Stay tuned as I develop that process, I’ll be updating as this one is finished:

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“Don’t Let Your Light Go Out” graphite and oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″ (first sitting).

An artist friend recommended I finish this work with a very high gloss finish. Finishing the work took a bit of experimenting –but I think I have gotten most of what I wanted. This is a piece that really needs to be seen in person.

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“Don’t Let Your Light Go Out (in memory of John)” 8″ x 10″ $180

Working on new pieces this morning, this was the first sitting with this one.

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“In Cold Spirals”graphite and oil on canvas, 16″ x 20” color blocking.

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“In Cold Spirals” 16″ x 20″ graphite and oil on canvas.

 

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“In Cold Spirals” 16″ x 20″ oil and graphite on canvas, second sitting.

 

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“In Cold Spirals”(final) oil and graphite on canvas 16″ x 20” $165

 

Some of the first new pieces this year:

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“Not All Wolves,” graphite and oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, second sitting.

 

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“Not All Wolves,” graphite and oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″  final. $85

 

This one is shaping up to be a recent personal favorite, it’s name however, remain elusive.

 

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Untitled, graphite and oil on canvas, 16″ x 20″ color blocking

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Untitled, graphite and oil on canvas, 16″ x 20 ” second sitting.

Nearing done, but I may still work on it some more. Right now it’s drying on my easel.

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“No One Who Wanders is Truly Alone”  16″ x 20″, graphite and oil on canvas, $180

 

…and on the second easel:

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Untitled, graphite and oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″, second sitting.

Still working on this one:

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Untitled, 10″ x 10″ graphite and oil on canvas, third sitting.

 

This one goes to the done-pile (tweaked a bit, but here):

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“Bedhead” graphite and oil on canvas, 10″ x 10″ $65.

New Small Works, (Small Works Progress Administration) 2017

 

Another new one:

 

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Acanthonus Armatus (Boney-Eared Ass Fish) mixed media on cardboard. $25*

  • buyers note: this is part of the SWPA series, but is slightly smaller in dimension 5″ x 7″, and on a flimsier type of cardboard than I have typically used with SWPA pieces.

Some new pieces to add to the collection of Small Works.

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“Banded Piglet Squid” mixed media on gessoed cardboard (SOLD)

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“Sea Worm” mixed media on gessoed cardboard $25

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Study, Rat skull, mixed media on gessoed cardboard $25

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Seahorse, study, mixed media on gessoed cardboard [SOLD]

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Study, bones of seal flipper, mixed media on gessoed cardboard $25

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Study, child’s rib cage,Italian 1880s, mixed media on gessoed cardboard. $25

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abstraction, mixed media on gessoed cardboard $25

This one sold before I even had a chance to add it here, which is fantastic.

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study, human spine, rib cage, pelvis, juvenile. mixed media on cardboard (SOLD)

I have started a new set of the Small Works Progress Administration (small paintings in acrylic and mixed media). That in the parenthesis there is something of a change in of itself: I discovered I really enjoy working in mixed media by doing a project for a friend. Previous series of small works had been in acrylic paint only, but this set includes acrylic paint, graphite, and marker, on gessoed cardboard. This new series will sell for $25 each. (dimensions are approximately 5″ x 9″, though these are hand-made items and their sizes vary)

[All works in The Small Works Progress Administration series are all currently on sale $20, or 2 for 30, –further discounts for sets]

The older small works can be seen here: http://wp.me/p2c9SR-bl

Another new one (painted at one of the sketching events):

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Figure (sold)

A couple new, enjoy:

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Bacteriophage, mixed media on cardboard, $25

 

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Combat boots, mixed media on cardboard, $25.

Putting newer stuff to the top now. I managed a few pieces this evening. I returned to images I have treated before in other places, some images come from cabinet photos, others are from my own 35mm photography of the area in which I live, and sometimes still life of random objects around my apartment:

 

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from cabinet photo, mixed media on cardboard $25

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still life of skull and small statuette, mixed media on cardboard $25

 

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Cabinet photo, mixed media on cardboard. $25

 

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Two versions of the same cabinet photo together, mixed media, $25.

 

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Entrance to St. Patrick’s Cathedral (Watervliet, N.Y. demolished) from on of my 35mm photos of the church. [SOLD]

Here are the first three of the new series, keep checking back as more will be going up soon.

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1868 Holy Bible, mixed media on gessoed cardboard (SOLD)

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Decorative Skull, mixed media on gessoed cardboard

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Polyhedron Die (D-20) mixed media on gessoed carboard $25 (SOLD)

I have always been fascinated with skeleton keys. As an adult I have a small collection of them I buy in antique shops. Here are three studies of a couple keys I own, one is decorative, the other was bought at an antique shop.

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Skeleton Key (3 of 3) mixed media on gessoed cardboard. $25

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Skeleton Key (2 of 3) mixed media on gessoed cardboard $25

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Skeleton Key (1 of 3) mixed media on cardboard $25

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Skeleton Keys all three together on my easel. If someone wants to buy these as a set, I will sell them together at a discount.

Cultivating the Sketching Habit: Figure V2.0

It’s been a little while since I have updated this particular page. The sketching events have been wonderful, and I have gotten some great images over the last several months.

Here is a small selection of some of the things that came off my easel. Enjoy!

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Figure Study, mixed media on paper, model Kyo

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Study, model Kyo, compressed charcoal.

 

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fFigure study, model, Kyo, mixed media on gessoed paper.

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Figure study, model Tabbi, mixed media on gessoed paper.

 

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Figure study, model, Tabbi, mixed media on paper.

 

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Figure study, model, Hayley, mixed media on paper.

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figure study, model, Hayley, mixed media on paper.

 

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figure study, model Muse, mixed media on gessoed paper.

 

All these studies are coming from the past couple months, I am hoping to find time to rummage through my port and add a few more to what is here.

 
Our new model Kyo did a great job tonight. He wants to see images of his modeling, so get them to him if you can:

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Adding the images from our previous session. We meet and sketch and drink again, this October 24th.

Enjoy.

 

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Study, female figure, graphite on paper. (The note, right is a reminder for me to recreate this image in a series of works done in wet gesso and acrylic paint)

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Study, back, male, graphite on paper

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Study, female figure, Prismacolor marker

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two studies, female figure with lap-harp, right, study of arm and clasped hands.

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Dancing, interactive pose, graphite on paper

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Back, female, graphite on paper

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interactive pose, graphite on paper

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graphite on paper

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Interactive pose, Casein paint, on paper

Thanks to everyone who attended, and special thanks to the models. Let me know if/how you would like your attribution to appear here). It was a great night for me and a great first night for the event.

Also, I came away with a lot of useful studies and sketches which might serve as jumping off points for other works down the line.

Enjoy the sketches, and keep reading below.

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figure studies, female and male, standing graphite on paper

 

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Female standing, male seated, figure study, graphite on paper

 

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Figure studies, female and male, standing, back view, graphite on paper

 

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Male, standing, study with figure aids (was explaining a concept to a class attendee) pencil on paper.

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Study, female figure, kneeling, graphite and casein paint on paper

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Male figure,seated, graphite and Casein paint

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Male figure, standing, graphite and Casein paint on paper

 

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Interactive pose, figure study, graphite and Casein paint on paper.

[continued below]

As many of my readers know, I am getting geared up to start a sketch and sip event at a local club. Since I am the host, it’s not like I can let my sketching game get slack. Nope. It’s time to get to work and pick up some graphite and brushes.

I booked a room at the Albany Barn, and scheduled a session with model, J, who is going to be one of our figure models for the event.

Before I scheduled the session, I talked with my model and I wanted to have a theme or an idea to build the session around so I might then have some images to work into a later piece. I decided on a post apocalyptic theme, and borrowed a Kukri (a type of machete) from a friend.

One of the things that is challenging at first, to learn about drawing figure is you simply do not have time to work in great detail. The key here is make each image a study of gesture, –the shapes you see in the body, light and the pose of the body. The images here are presented out of the order in which I did them. I began with a few short (5 minute) poses in graphite, the sketches done in Molotow acrylic paint markers were slightly longer poses (10 minutes) and the poses in which I used a mixture of graphite and Casein paint were 15-20munte poses.

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Pose 1, graphite on paper, model -J

 

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Pose 2, graphite on paper, model -J

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Pose 3, Molotow acrylic marker (sadly, the marker, which is metallic and reflective, does not show up well in photographs)

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Pose 4, graphite on paper

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Pose 5, graphite on paper.

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Pose 6, Molotow Acrylic paint marker

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Pose 8, graphite and Casein paint

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Pose 9, graphite and Casein paint.

 

The Punk Rock Sketch and Sip

A different kind of art event.

Let me introduce myself, I’m Rob. I’m a local artist.

Something that bothered me: the best way to develop great paintings of the human figure is with an actual live model in the room. I could very well ask any number of friends and they may pose for me at no cost to me, –but I am an artist and expect to be paid for my work– models should be paid for their work, too.

So this is where the punk rock comes in, and let’s just get great people in the room with a desire to draw.

So, I book it, –we all just split the cost while we listen to some great indie, punk and electronica music– and we have a pint on the house. Then we draw from some great art models with tattoos and dyed hair, –and they are just cool people anyway.

So, the Punk Rock Sketch and Sip was born. It sounds great already.

We’re at the Low Beat, 335 Central Avenue, Albany NY 12206, –in one of the best rock clubs you’ll find in the area –or anywhere, really. Come in, draw, drink, –and I’ll use my decade of teaching experience to walk you through drawing figure. Come in if you’re still learning it for the first time, –or if figure is old hat. We get professionals, and any other skill level. Your all welcome. If you can make a line I will teach you. If you’re a working artist, I’ll just be at my easel, drawing, and I’ll let you do your thing.

Its a low-stress, casual way to practice figure, –or learn it for the first time. We give a discount for students with a valid college ID.

We have some materials, but attendees are encouraged to bring their own. Bring an easel if you have one. Seating may fill up quickly. Bring a sketch book and go at it.

Our next event is Wednesday, July 25th at 6pm.

$12 general/$8 with a valid student ID. Hope you’ll join us!

For more information, or to get on our e-mail list (6 or so emails a month) message me @ eaton.robertb@gmail.com.

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