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Eleven Images, New Work 2019

As always, see the older work here (2018): https://wp.me/p2c9SR-Is

 

Starting off the new year, I have about 30 pieces currently at the Pride Center for the Capital Region. In February, I will be opening another show at Savoy Taproom. Make sure to check those out if you’re in the area.

To purchase via Pay Pal, message me at eaton.robertb@gmail.com. Payment plans available.

On my second easel:

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“My Pretty Little Flower” oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ (oriented on its side) $250.

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ (oriented on its side), second sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ (oriented on its side), first sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ (oriented to one side) color blocking.

 

New work, did the first sitting over the previous couple days:

New finished work:

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The Chaos is Designed,” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $185

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

 

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

 

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

The other night, color blocking and a first session with a couple small pieces. Aiming these for around the $100 price point:

Three new small pieces in progress:

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A Life, Beyond the Possibility of Loneliness. oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″ $115

 

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

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″ color blocking/first sitting

 

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“If the loudest and the guiltiest are the same?” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ $145.

Will check to see if have additional process photos, –didn’t realize I hadn’t updated the development of the image since color-blocking it.

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas 9″ x 12″ first sitting

 

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“I Got the Sliver Out (But I Still Feel You There)” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ $95.

 

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

(Discerning observers will note that I flipped the canvas because I liked the composition better inverted).

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“The Howling of Alecto at Her Birth” oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ $80.

 

 

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

This is nearly done, but I will be working on it throughout the day.

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“We are the Watchful and Tireless” oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″ final,   $95

 

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

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″

 

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

 

 

Started a couple multi-panel pieces, –they seem to be well-received by folks.

On the smaller easel:

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“In Dreams (you’re mine all the time)” oil and graphite on 2 x 11″ x 14″  panels (total dimensions: 38″ x 11″) final $180.

 

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

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 2 x 11″ x 14″ color blocking.

On the larger easel:

Still working. This will probably be done the next time I work on it.

New work (final):

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“And All of Us With Our Snouts in the Offal” oil and graphite on 4 x 10″x 10″ panels, $285.

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 4 x 12″ x 12″ canvas,

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“Untitled, 4 x 10″ x 10” panels, oil and graphite on canvas, third sitting.

 

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Untitled work, oil and graphite on 4 x 10″ 10″ panels, second sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 4 x 10″ x 10″ panels, first sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 4 x 10″ x 10″ panels, color blocking.

 

Going forward, the first two 2019 pieces:

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“When One Door Closes, Another Door Also Closes” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $265.

 

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

 

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

 

More photos:

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“A Lullaby, but Sung as a Dirge” oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 48″ $335.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 48″ second sitting.

 

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untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 48″ first sitting.

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untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 48″ color blocking.

 

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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.

 

 

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.

Other images/process images:

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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

 

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“Time is the Architect of Ruins” oil and graphite on 2 x 11″ x 14″ final. $400.

 

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 (sold)

 

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 acrylic 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. $120

 

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, (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.

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.

 

En Plein Air (open air) Painting

While I am not primarily a water-colorist, (to me that was always my mother’s medium and she still owns the title family water-colorist) –I have begun to develop a lot of work in that medium. However, since the weather has been lovely as it has been, I have decided to do a series of watercolor paintings painted around Albany En plein air. Early in my teaching, I made an effore to develop proficiency in the medium. As I had to teach other people to use watercolor, I quickly taught myself and have greater comfort with it.`As the summer progresses I will probably do a lengthy series of watercolor.

Currently, I am intending to incorporate Eleven Images as a 501c (non-profit) in the very near term, and I also need a passport to begin traveling overseas. So, sales of this series will likely be used towards those purposes. I can ship these, and I accept paypal. though they would probably be most meaningful to someone with ties to the area.

Today, I was in Washington Park, on the west side of the lake there. The images are looking east over the lake. (all images watercolor on paper, 11″ x 14″)

I could sell these as a series (3, make offer), or $30 each.

 

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Sky, Washington Park

 

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Stones, Washington Park

 

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Lake and Trees, Washington Park

 

6/24/16: I returned to Washington Park today to paint a few more images. I think I will begin, next time, moving my easel around the city, and also, perhaps, into Troy and Schenectady. So if you happen to see me out and around, feel welcome to say hello and peek over my shoulder.

Enjoy

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“Washington Park Lake, Bridge” watercolor on paper 11″ x 14″

 

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Washington Park, flower beds, watercolor on paper, 11″ x 14″

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