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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.

 

New piece, (started this with a very specific palette in mind):

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 24″ x 30.5″ first sitting. 

Two new pieces:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 2 x 16″ x 20″ canvas, third sitting.

 

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

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 2x 16 x 20″ canvas (32″ x 20″) first sitting.

And on the smaller easel:

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New work, “The Emptiness in Me Greets The Emptiness In You,” oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″ (oriented on its side) $130.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on 10″ x 10″ canvas ( oriented on its side), third sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″ (oriented on its side), second sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 10″ x 10″ (oriented on its side), first sitting.

 

I forgot to take a lot of process photos for this one, –but here is the finished work:

 

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“Something So Beautiful is Rarely Beautiful Long” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ final. $260.

 

 

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 16″ first sitting.

and on the large easel:

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Untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 16″ first sitting.

 

 

On my second easel:

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“My Pretty Little Flower” oil and graphite on canvas, 12″ x 12″ (oriented on its side) $185.

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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.

 

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

And the last new work of 2018:

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

 

 

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

 

On the larger Easel:

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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 on canvas 24″ x 48″ second sitting.

 

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Untitled, oil on canvas 24″ x 48″ first sitting.

 

 

New window pieces:

 

A Window VIII, (“Don’t let your Light Go Out”) Mixed media on reclaimed wood panel.

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“A Window VIII,” (Don’t Let Your Light Go Out) Mixed media on reclaimed wood panel, 9″ x 22″ $305

 

 

 

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“A Window VI” mixed media on reclaimed wood panel, 9 and 1/2″ x 24″ $255

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“A Window VII” mixed media on reclaimed wood panel, 8″ x 13 and 1/4″ $125.

Two new pieces on my easel:

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(Tentative) “Embryo” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ first sitting.

 

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“Embryo” oil and graphite on canvas 16″ x 20″ second sitting.

 

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Didn’t get a lot done today, but enough to justify adding a picture. Work in progress.

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“Embryo” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ third sitting.

 

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

 

Detail shot:

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Embryo, detail.

 

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Love Me, Connect Me, (Embryo) oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $320.

 

 

 

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

 

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Untitled work, color blocking.

 

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“Untitled,” oil and graphite on 2 x 11″ x 14″ canvas, second sitting.

Realized that I didn’t like how the yellow was dominating the other colors, I like it much better with this cooler palette:

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

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Detail

 

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

 

Finished, finally:

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“Sow Your Grief in a Heaving Sky” oil and graphite on 2 x  11″ x 14″ canvas (full dimensions 26 and 1/2″ x 14″) $365.

 

 

Added to the series of “window paintings”:

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Process photo, the piece is painted over wet gesso.

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Process photo, most of the color is in place

 

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Deepening, intensifying the colors.

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A Window III, acrylic paint and charcoal on gessoed wood, reclaimed wood panel 11 and 1/4″ x 22″ $325

 

Two more new window pieces:

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“A Window IV” mixed media on gessoed, reclaimed, wood, 11 and 1/2″ x 22 and 1/4″ $285.

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“A Window V” mixed media on gessoed reclaimed wood,  5 and 1/2 x 11 and 1/4″ $85.


Not entirely sure where this is going yet, but I like how it’s started: (color-blocking, new piece)

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Color-blocking, new piece, oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″.

 

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

I feel like this one is nearly done:

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

 

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“Gaps in the Pavement, Gaps in Her Smile, ” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ $180.

Began a new piece:

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New work, untitled, oil and graphite on canvas, 9″ x 12″ color blocking.

 

 

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

 

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

 

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“The Balrog” oil and graphite on canvas, 11″ x 14″ $115.

 

Color-blocking on a new piece:

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New work, untitled, 16″ x 20″ oil and graphite on canvas, color blocking/first sitting.

 

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Untititled, oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″ second siting.

 

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“Whisper Her Name to the City at Night” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″, third sitting.

 

Setting this one aside to dry:

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“Whisper Her Name to the City at Night” oil and graphite on canvas, 16″ x 20″, final. $175

 

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.

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“This Was Only Meant to Scar You” (triptych) oil and graphite on canvas 3 x 11″ x 14″, chain, hooks, wood (total dimensions: 18″ (h) x 52″ (w), $550

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.”

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, August 29th 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.

Cultivating the Sketching Habit (V)

Again, at the library with my son, I fit in sketching where and when I can, even if I am only sketching for twenty minutes at a time. A lot of people think you have to set large blocks of time aside to draw or paint. This can seem daunting to most people (self included) but if you set aside shorter intervals (15-30 minutes) you lose the excuses that keep you from being creative:

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reproduction “Bamboo Groves in Mist and Rain” Guan Dausheng (1269-1319) Molowto Acrylic Paint marker (metalic silver)

(Author’s note: I have been fascinated with traditional ink painting as a form since discovering Gao Xingjian’s novels. –the author makes his principle living as a painter of traditional Chinese art). As a white artist I am sensitive to the idea of cultural appropriation, so I generally have shied away from trying to study or re-produce the form. As a general rule, I feel artists ought to be thoughtful about how their work borrows and is influenced by cultures outside their own. I may ultimately color this or tint it, since most of this type of painting was in color.)

 

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Study: Old Farmhouse, pencil on paper. From the book “The Photographer’s Mind, by Michael Freeman

Did a bit more sketching today while I was at the library with my son.

 

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” Birch Trees” pen ink on paper.

 

There’s only 3 images here, I was out at an event promoting the non-profit class and showing a few pieces at a vending table. So, I was sketching between interacting with people. The perfectionist in me would like to try and clean these up once I am back home –but I try not to let myself do that. Instead, I let these images simply be what they are: imperfect, incomplete, unfinished. They’re studies that might inspire further drawing or painting, but all in all, they’ll likely sit in a sketch book.

I try to encourage students to always be drawing. The practice keeps up your skill so it is there when called upon when you do commissions and your own studio work. My recommendation is you should match a twelve-to-one ratio of sketches and studies that get tucked away in your portfolio, to ever finished piece intended for a gallery or sale.

A higher ratio is better, but 12:1 is about what I aim for.

The first image is a composite:

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sketches, graphite and Molotow Gold Metallic Acrylic Marker

Image: (above) clockwise from top left:

1. Tree, Dana Park

2. Sofet detail, abandoned building, Lark Street, Albany.

3. Commercial building, Delaware Ave., Albany.

4. Mobil Sign, Madison Ave, Albany.

 

After that I did a couple quick studies of attendees in the crowd.

 

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Molotow Acrylic Paint Marker

 

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study, graphite

 

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″

Industrial Strength New Years Eve @ Broadway Joes, Buffalo NY, 12/31/1015

It was a bitterly cold end to the year, when Destroy Eleven joined Soul Reactor, Burrangels, Petals and Thorns, and Standard Issue Citizen for Industrial Strength New Years Eve. I didn’t get a lot of photos, but there were a few.

All and all, some fantastic performances…

Soul Reactor:

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Blurrangels:

 

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Petals and Thorns:

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Man Woman Machine:

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Also, (not performing, unless you count lulz as performance) NDru Virus:

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Thanks everyone who was a part of the night, whether I was meeting you for the first time, or we’ve worked together previously.