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Mixed Media Work

For a commission I am doing, I will be printing a photo on canvas and then painting over it. To give myself a little practice working this way, I took a while mess of photos from my personal collection, printed them out, mounted them on cardboard, and went at them with paint, maker graphite and whatever else was around.  I have always kept a camera or too around. I have a massive library of photos. The oldest picture that appears here was taken summer of 2001. The most recent photo was taken yesterday.

(These are a hand-made item, as such, dimensions may not be uniform)

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New Mixed Media work. Aside her art and her family, my mother was also devoted to keeping a number of lovely flower gardens around my father’s home. She kept a meticulous bed of tulips near the swing set I played on as a child in the back yard.

Each year, I look forward to Tulip Fest, here in Albany, NY, and on mother’s day, I go and photograph the beautiful gardens of tulips. For me it is a way to recall memories of my mother and the gardens she took so much pride in.

 

All: Tulips, Washington Park, Albany, NY, 2019, digital photo and mixed media 4″ x 6″ $65 framed.

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Did another set of Mixed Media Work (photographs and mixed media on paper).

Some of these are larger, the smaller ones are still $40. (Priced as marked). 4″ by 6″ prints of any of these are $10.

Crow Skull, photo and Mixed Media, 9″ x 13″, original $85, prints $15.

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Added a few more to the series.

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Livingston Ave train trestle, photo and mixed media on paper, $40.

 

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Residential building, Arbor Hill Albany, NY. Photo and mixed media $40

 

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Facade, former police precinct, Albany, NY. Photo and mixed media. $40

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Central Warehouse, Albany, NY. photo and mixed media $40.

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Stone farm house, Delmar, NY. Photo and mixed media $40.

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Trinity Church, Albany, NY (demolished). photo and mixed media, $40.

 

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Park South, Albany New York, (demolished) 45mm photo and mixed media 8″ x 14″ $90.

 

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Tulips, Washington Park, Albany, NY, 35mm photograph and mixed media. $90.

 

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Sainatos Market, Albany NY, 35mm photograph and mixed media. $90.

 

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Capital Building and Construction Cranes, Albany NY, 35mm photo (expired film) and mixed media, $40

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Exposed Root, Washington Park, Albany, NY. 35mm photo and mixed media $40.

These pieces are $40 each ($60 for custom framing). Pay-pal and shipping available. Inquire by e-mail @ eaton.robertb@gmail.com

New: these pieces are also available as 4″ x 6″ prints for $10, (shipping included).

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Photo prints (digital photo of the originals) $10

 

 

Added four new mixed media work (35mm photo prints, mixed media on cardboard):

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Abandoned House, Madison Ave, Albany, NY

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Washington Park Lake, Albany, NY.

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Double Exposure, Fayette, MI. 2000.

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Madison Ave, Albany, NY (Mobile sign).

 

 

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Still life, garlic peel, chef’s knife and rice noodles.

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Still life 2, garlic peel, chef’s knife and rice noodles.

 

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Central Ave, Albany NY. (SOLD. available as a print)

 

 

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Nipper, Albany NY

 

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Sheridan Hollow (demolished) Albany NY.

 

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Self Portrait, the artist 2018.

 

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Self Portrait, the artist 2004

 

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Angel, Albany Rural Cemetery

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Lake Michigan, 35mm photo damaged negative, 2001.

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Interior, Wellington Hotel (demolished)

 

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Missed Call, Albany NY.

 

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Apartment Building, Albany NY (demolished)

 

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Warehouse, demolished, Albany NY

 

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Wreaked SUV, Albany NY

 

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Self portrait 2, the artist 2004.

 

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Jesus Saves, Albany City Mission, Albany NY

 

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Apartment Building 2, Albany NY (demolished)

 

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Manhattan, NYC

 

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Violin with hand drum.

 

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Violin 2. [SOLD, available as a print]

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Empire State Plaza, Albany NY.

 

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Empire State Plaza 2, Albany NY.

 

 

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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, (SOLD)

 

 

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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 (SOLD)

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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.

The Class

For those that didn’t know, I have spent the last several weeks teaching an art class within the Capital District Psychiatric Center. My goal is to get funding to expand a program that makes fine art classes a part of mental health treatment both inside and outside the hospital in the city I live in: Albany, NY.

Again for those who didn’t know: this is a goal for me, because I know when I was inpatient in CDPC, art groups were important to me as a way to rebuild my life in the hard times I was having. The art groups were something I looked forward to each day when I was inpatient. As  teacher, I want to use art to help troubled people do what I did: get out of the hospital and live better lives outside of the mental health system. Mentally ill people can live full lives, hold jobs, and stay well. We can and do recover. I feel like art can help mentally ill people do that, and I am not alone in that belief.

In that spirit, I’d like to show some of the in-class demonstrations I have done. These are sketches and things I did during the class, demonstrating for my students, art techniques and skills.

It’s my hope that my students not only develop their own skill, but find ways to make art a part of thier lives once they are back living in the community –professionally, or non-professionally.

Art is important. I know from looking around my classroom, art is important to helping struggling people heal.

Some images:

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Bulletin board of my student’s work

 

[update] 5/21

This past week the class has been working with mannikins (croquis) I was able to purchase with the grant money I received. The class has really latched on to drawing with croquis. This past week, I have been encourage students to pose the croquis and talk about an incident in their lives. The class has a two-fold purpose of not only teaching art, but as an informal part of the students therapy and recover from significant mental illness (all students are currently admitted on an in-patient basis). There are two images from this (my in-class demonstrations):

croquis/figure study charcoal sketch on paper

croquis/figure study charcoal sketch on paper

 

The first sketch: a student described a family member who had overcome addiction.

 

Croquis/figure study charcoal on paper

Croquis/figure study charcoal on paper

 

The pose is meant to describe a student’s experience during a recent depressive episode.

 

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Adding some new works, older sketches and works are towards the bottom of the post.

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Acrylic on paper, student prompt was to represent what “trouble” meant to them, based on a podcast from “This Modern Life”. Related to a San Francisco cafe whose proprietor struggles with Schizo-effective disorder.

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Fayette Michigan, abandoned town and now a historical site. Watercolor on paper.

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Lake Michigan, near Escanaba, Michigan. Watercolor on paper.

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Sketch, charcoal on paper. Portraits.

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Oil Pastel on paper. Prompt for this was encouraging students to depict “Safe Spaces”

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Sketching architecture, reproduction of Van Gogh’s House at Arles.

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Architectural study, perspective example. In this case a very quick study of the corner of Clinton and N. Pearl St. In-class example.

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Study, landscape, another Van Gogh reproduction.

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Study of Paul Klee’s “The Red Balloon,” from a lesson on using color and abstraction/ non-representational drawing.

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Architectural study, from the book “Hudson Valley Ruins.”

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Portrait, study. From a lesson about composition and placement of facial features.

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Studies: faces and facial features.

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Study, portraiture, faces and facial features.

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Placement of facial features and composition.

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Manet’s work “The Old Musician” has been a recurrent theme in my sketching. In this case, the “dread-locked cow-girl” is based off a figure in the Manet piece, and swaps the gender of a figure from Manet’s work.

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Study, dog

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Study, infant.

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Study, tree trunk.

First, a figure study. Study of a child playing, including an illustrated armature (left). In class demonstration.

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Reproduction, Paul Cezanne. Working on landscapes, explanation of horizon line. Oil pastel on paper.

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“Years Later, I Stopped Looking for Places to Hide From Her”: Session 1

I started a new work today. The image comes from this sketch, which is a pencil drawing I did from a photo by photographer Clifford Richards of the Steven and Harriette Meyers House. The Meyer’s Residence was once a stop on the underground Railroad, and a local organization is currently fundraising to renovate the house and make it a historical site and cultural center. It is located on Livingston Ave in Albany:

Here is my beginning sketch (with my prompt for the larger piece, which I will talk about in a moment):

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Now, I have always believed that as an artist, one needs to find a way to connect to the emotional content of the work you are creating. Since pre Civil war as an era of history is a little beyond the scope of my experience, I used a prompt to get me thinking about the piece. The title refers to a period in my early twenties when I had to withdraw from school to tend to my health. At the same time, a pretty serious relationship had ended, and my former fiancee had made some pretty wild accusations about my behavior. As a result of that I developed a strangely specific anxiety about meeting my former partner in public places. I began mistaking almost any petite girl with dark hair that bore a passing resemblance for my former partner. Agoraphobia, if you call it that, or any related phobia of that sort is pretty balls. Panic attacks suck.

The prompt may be about a pretty dismal time in my life, but it’s hopeful, because it suggests that that fear passed with time.

Anyway, before the picture of my first session with the piece: I needed to let the first coat of paint dry before I continued to build the colors. I made the pitch of the stairs less steep, and opened up the fore-ground (see original sketch). I hope to continue to work on this piece throughout the week. If I make some progress, I’ll share it here:

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The work is large, acrylic on canvas. It is very much a work in progress.

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So, session two. I am building the colors and darkening the painting. I feel like the contrast has to be made even greater. Here is the work after session two:

 

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More recent works

Here is some of the recent work I have been doing:

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Not the best image, admittedly from the camera, but I liked this one. One of the other assistants in the class I teach brought in the subject for this still life from her day job –which is for a company that installs sprinkler systems, or something of the sort. Occasionally, they have to replace rubber tubing that is overgrown by tree roots, which is what this is.

I like that people tell me it looks like a heart that is pierced by something, or a dead animal or skull of some sort. It was a pretty challenging subject for painting. It’s acrylic on paper.

Recently, I began working on the sketch for another idea. At Trinity Institution where I teach the weekly class, there is a series of photos of the Steven and Harriet Meyers residence. The Meyers house was once an Albany stop on the underground railroad, owned by a prominent abolitionist. The house is currently being restored to be used as a historic site. The photos of the house under restoration are all compelling, but I decided to do a pencil treatment of the following picture as a warm up to a possible larger, complete work or treatment of the subject.

Here is my (unfinished) pencil sketch so far:

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The photograph was one that I found compelling because it shows the basement staircase –the basement being place that logically would hide the presence of people not wanting to be found. The photo was compelling as well because the area of greatest light is beyond the door-frame, and the walls beyond them darken into near total darkness at the bottom of the page. It was a very well-shot photograph (when I think to I will update this with the photographer’s name).

I apologize the photograph is not very clear, it seems the next thing I may need to buy is a compact digital camera to replace my trusty Kodak Easyshare. It seems to be on its way out.

A couple weeks ago, The art class I am a part of hosted an art contest held as part of the launch of a community walking path in the Arbor Hill neighborhood. I spent most of the day handing out pencils and paper to young kids in the neighborhood, and encouraging their efforts in the contest. As I was set up, I did a quick line drawing of a tree on the property.

Ultimately, I took the rough drawing home, and finished it in pencil. Still not happy with the result, I layered the painting with thin layers of water color paint. So the piece is mixed media, on a rather large sheet of paper.

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And here is the finished (essentially, there is one problem I may want to correct before sale) piece:

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Arbor Hill Tree, pencil and watercolor on paper. Inquire about sale and dimensions.

And a couple recent sketches:

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