Posts Tagged ‘ works in progress ’

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:

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).

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.

 

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, third sitting.

 

…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.

Cultivating the Sketching Habit (III)

I’ve started taking around graphite and torn-up sheets of paper around with me wherever I go tucked into my day-planner. The other day, headed to a talented young friend’s gallery show I sketched this out of some trees in Washington Park (Albany, NY)

Graphite on paper.

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Today, when I took my son to the library, I did a little sketching with graphite the Molotow Acrylic Paint Markers. The paint markers were part of a recent donation of supplies I received. I have enjoyed using them, and I am learning a bit how to get the most out of them. I know a few artists who use acrylic paint markers heavily in their work, so I have been playing and experimenting with them.

Both images from the book “Digital Photography Masterclass” by Tom Ang. The book itself is a wonderful and comprehensive text for learning digital photography. I gravitate to it because it is full of exceptionally good photography and makes for good sketches and studies.

6.28.16, last sketch in this sketchbook, Form a book of National Geographic Photos, Yemeni Women in a line to Vote, photo by Steve McCurry

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From a photo by Steve McCurry, Yemen Women at an Election, Graphite on paper, from a book put out by National Geographic.

 

A couple more sketches from when I was in the park with my son today.

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Study, Tree, Washington Park, Albany, N.Y.. Graphite on paper.

 

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Study, Corning Tower, veiwed From Washington Park. Graphite on paper.

 

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As the weather has gotten nicer, I have been taking a sketchbook with me to nearby Washington Park, here in Albany. The other day, I did a couple quick images of things I saw. (Graphite on paper, all)

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I decided to do some sketching out of library books. On Wednesdays, I am always bringing my son to the library, –so, I either catch up on e-mail and web-surf, or I draw for an hour or so.

Today I did the latter

[2/24/16]

Been doing a bit more sketching while I help my son with his home work. This is again from Tom Ang’s book (see below for full source info)

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Older man, from Ang’s book, Digital Photography Masterclass, pencil on paper.

 

The next several images are from a books on local history including  “Heldeberg Hilltowns,” (by Eberfeld & McLean).

 

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Schenectady Dayline trolley car, pencil on paper, From the book “Adirondak Trail,” by Donalf R. Williams. It is a reproduction of a photographic image.

 

 

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One-room school house, Rennsylaerville, NY, pencil on paper.

 

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Old Snyder Sawmill, Westerlo, pencil on paper.

 

The last image caught my fancy, because prior to going into a business of landscaping and selling Christmas trees, my grandfather ran a sawmill, and when I was younger, I remember when that building stood on the property of the business my father –then– ran.

 

 

The first piece was drawn from the book “Digital Photography Masterclass” by  Tom Ang. It’s a book about digital photography, butI love to draw from it because Ang’s photos are really good. The really lovely part of this sketch is the model’s face is almost entirely black in the photograph (illustrates using a distant room flash). The sketch was a lot of shading. And I do mean a lot.

I switched between a 2b and 4b to get the shading right. A challenge but fun.

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Portrait, Pencil on paper, from Tom Ang’s book “Digital Photography Masterclass”

 

 

The second image is from the same book. Admittedly, I have only had occasion to draw a person’s pet once. I have not drawn animals frequently. So, of course, I took it on myself to practice with another image from the book:

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Dog, pencil on paper, from the mentioned book.

 

In the photo, the dog is looking around a corner through a door frame, which is why he/she seems to be missing an ear. Not a great first go, but this is why sketching is important. I have been making more from commissions lately. I’d rather not pass on a commission because I wasn’t comfortable with the work. It is important to vary your work and keep working at those areas that are weaker.

Lastly, I had ten minutes left before it was time to take my son home. I pulled a local history book off the shelves and based this mage off a 1909 sketch by S. Hollyer of Henry Hudson’s ship –that Halfmoon– arriving at the current location of  my home-city, Albany NY.

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The Halfmoon, pencil on paper, based on an image by S. Hollyer.

The sketch is very whimsical and very loose. This brings me to an important point: experiment stylistically!!! If you are really tight, do something very quick and loose and with a few lines. If your work is busy, –try something minimalist. For my students that are very young: you are still discovering how you like to create. Experimenting allows you to find your style, to find your own unique artistic voice. There is never just one way to create an arresting image. Goof off. Work fast. But always, always experiment.

Cheers!

A recent sketch I did waiting for my class to start. (6/2015)

Quick sketch before class. Rear of Buffalo State Psychiatric Center (Richardson-Olmstead complex) pencil on paper.

Quick sketch before class. Rear of Buffalo State Psychiatric Center (Richardson-Olmstead complex)
pencil on paper.

Update, 4/10/15 I take my son to the library a couple days a week. He lives with his mother. Between helping him with long division and fractions I sometimes sketch from photography books in the library. These sketches are from a book by Tom Ang that I have drawn from before. Pencil on paper: IMG_0243 IMG_0244 … Update: 3/22/15 Prior to the beginning of class, I did these three studies of people walking in the hall. IMG_0116 IMG_0117 IMG_0118 … Update: 2/28/15 I am adding some more sketches from my sketch book. First some simple studies:

Basil plant, (left) pencil, and brown banana, pencil and charcoal.

Basil plant, (left) pencil, and brown banana, pencil and charcoal.

Figure studies, club dancers, pencil

Figure studies, club dancers, pencil

Edgar, skeleton decoration, w/sash. to the right, Sif the cat, my friend Seamus' cat.

Edgar, skeleton decoration, w/sash. to the right, Sif the cat, my friend Seamus’ cat.

study, figures at a bar

study, figures at a bar

study, park bench with balloon.

study, park bench with balloon.

Finally, I began earlier in the month drawing images from the book “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from the State Hospital Attic.” It’s been a book I have returned to again and again, some of the photos are archived photos of patients from the New York State Department of Health, and some are photos done for this book by photographer Lisa Rinsler. The photos make exceptional studies, and since I do peer work in psychiatric hospitals, and have been in and out of psychiatric care for much of my adult life, the subject is a meaningful one to me personally. I did these studies (of patients who lived in Willard State Hospital during the twentieth century) with what I hope is a great deal of sensitivity. Also, I hope I am not miss-attributing any images that I have used as source material in these sketches: All sketches are pencil on paper: DSCF0006 A better image of Lawrence, who was a patient and Willard hospital’s long-time grave digger. DSCF0010 Another patient, Dymitre, an artist who painted images of his home village while at Willard. DSCF0011 Sister Marie, who was a nun before coming into psychiatric care. DSCF0012  Ethel, at an advanced age by the time this picture was taken. All of the first names used in the book were the patient’s actual names, the last names used in the book were pseudonyms to protect the confidentiality of the patients. This last image is a study of a window in an endangered historic building, in Hudson, NY. This is a window in the First Presbyterian Church, on Warren Street –Hudson’s main commercial thoroughfare. The sketch is in charcoal and pencil:

First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, New York. Charcoal and pencil on paper.

First Presbyterian Church, Hudson, New York. Charcoal and pencil on paper.

[…] Update: 2-9-15 I have been doing a lot of sketching over the last couple days. Most of these are simple studies which I am developing for small works. This sketch though, is one of the more complete renderings i have done over the last couple days.

Pencil on paper, Lawrence Marek, Willard Psychiatric Hospital's (Willard Lunatic Asylum/Hospital for Incurables) long-time grave-digger. photo credit Lisa Rinsler

Pencil on paper, Lawrence Marek, Willard Psychiatric Hospital’s (Willard Lunatic Asylum/Hospital for Incurables) long-time grave-digger. photo credit Lisa Rinsler

The image comes from the book “The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from the State Hospital Attic” by Darby Penny and Peter Statsny (photographs by Lisa Rinsler). It was a museum exhibit based on the compiled information in this book that launched my interest in State Psychiatric Hospitals and the patients that lived there. I periodically borrow this book from my local library to read it again. The image here is Lawrence Marek, who was a patient and worked in the hospital’s cemetery from 1937 until his death in 1968 at age 90. This blog by John Crispin talk more about the suitcase project: http://joncrispinposts.com/ After this sketch, I am, of course, working on new works for myself, and for the small paintings I have been doing. I wanted to share this sketch though, as well as it’s excellent source material (worth checking out –very much– on its own). Sorry that the image is not the best quality, but I am still without a proper digital camera to take pictures of new works. Hoping some of the work I have currently exhibited sells, so I have an opportunity to replace my digital. Because, there rally are a lot of new works lately. […] Lately, I have been feeling slightly barren of ideas for new works. So, I have returned to sketching a few ideas out in my sketchbook. Two ideas I am developing, today: I am fortunate enough to have my own still model. At times when she is not too busy, she’s offered to pose for me, and I haven’t taken advantage of that nearly so much as I should. In the past she has done art modeling and still modeling. KODAK Digital Still CameraI have just done a simple line drawing. I needed to make sure I can capture the pose. The main struggle here is getting the line of the spine correct when the body is reclined to the side, and since the legs are brought forward, they must be fore-shortened. It is possible I have foreshortened them too much here. I am going to keep working with this pose, there’s probably a larger work coming out of this in acrylic or oil.  The other piece is a simple sketch of an old church in Hudson. The church is currently endangered and there is a strong sentiment in the city to restore and preserve the church. So far as I know, the work is ongoing, both to raise the funds needed, and do stabilization work. KODAK Digital Still Camera There were several other pieces I have done in my sketch book. This first one is of a church that –quite regrettably– met with the wrecking ball locally. This is an image of St. Patrick’s Church, which was recently demolished to make for a new grocery store in Watervliet, NY. KODAK Digital Still Camera There’s a lot of smaller sketches I have been doing, usually during my down times at work. (Get time to sketch when you can take it, is fantastic advice –applies here). A lot of the sketching I have been doing at lately, I have been doing at work while I’m waiting for the class to start. The sketches tend to be of plants in the common areas. There’s also a sketch in here from a book I took out of the library on digital photography, “Digital Photography Masterclass” by Tom Ang. KODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still CameraKODAK Digital Still Camera

New works, 2014-2015

Keep checking back. I am trying to start the new year off with a lot of new pieces. The newest canvases are going to be towards the top. With the majority of my work back, I am building up a portfolio and have plans to show multiple places concurrently.

Two new works started:

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New work, untitled, first sitting, 11″ x 14″ oil on canvas

Second sitting, and it got a name:

 

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“Mindfulness Through Starvation” 11″ x  14″ oil on canvas, second sitting.

And this one:

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New work, untitled, first sitting 16″ x 20″, oil on canvas

 

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“Do Hearts Find Jagged Edges?” 16″ x 20,” oil on canvas, $165.

 

Second shot, on the easel:

 

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I hope to have a chance to work on these again before I head out on the trip to Buffalo Thursday morning. I am playing a live music set out there. I am not sure how close I made it to my goal of doubling my inventory before the end of the year, but I know I am well on my way with these couple here.

 

Working on the piece:

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Two new works started:

Started to block out the canvases,

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Untitled, oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

 

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Untitled, oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″

 

Then both, after a first sitting:

 

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Blocking in main colors, after first sitting

 

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Second sitting, “A Maelstrom Will Love You In its Time” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″ $345

 

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After first sitting

 

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“Stay The Oracle” oil on canvas,  8″ x 10″ NFS.

 

Canvases are piling up:

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Current work space, ’15

 


12/18/15

Started two new works today. Also, I titled one of the pieces from the previous session of painting I wasn’t sure was done. It grew on me when it sat, and I don’t think it needs to be worked further at this point. (scroll down to see “Memory Was a Predator”)

Here are the two pieces I worked on today (blocking color):

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Untitled work, Oil on canvas, 4 8″ x 10″ panels/canvases

 

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Untitled, first sitting, oil on canvas, 18″ x 20″

You notice that I this point both works have precisely the same color palettes, ultimately, you’ll see, they end up going quite different directions:

(after the end of the first sitting):

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“Teach a Man to Grind an Ax,” second sitting, oil on canvas 18″ x 20″

Got to a second sitting on two of the recent pieces today. They are both now finished. I intend to bring the works in (when the are dry, next class isn’t for two weeks) to make a comparison between different color schemes. One of the paintings ended up dominated by green/blue/yellow (analogous) and the other by red/pink, /blue/ (essentially a triadic color scheme):

Here is the first:

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“Teach a Man to Grind an Ax (He’ll Devour for a Lifetime)” oil on canvas 18′ x 20″ $155

 

 

You’ll see the other take on a loose analogous color scheme:

 

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Untitled, oil on canvas, 4 8″ x 10″ panels.

 

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“Simple X” 4 8″ x 10″ panels, oil on canvas, $248

 

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Untitled work, Oil on canvas, 4 8″ x 10″ panels/canvases

[on to earlier posts]

 

I have a particular exercise in mind with these two canvases. Something I want to experiment with myself, and then have the students in my class reflect on and talk about. When I am further along in both works I’ll get to explaining what I am doing here…

Thanks for reading.

I have two pieces I am working on today (12.5.15). I started both pieces today after the class:

 

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New work, blocking color, untitled, first sitting. Oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″

Second sitting:

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“Set to Spark”11″ x 14” oil on canvas, $205

I may do some additional tweaks on this one, but I think it may be done. I’m really happy with how this one went.

 

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New work, as yet untitled, 18″ x 24″ oil on canvas

 

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“Memory Was a Predator”, second sitting, oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″ $$185

Did some color blocking on this new one today, (as yet untitled):

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New work, oil on canvas 18″ x 24″ color blocking

Later:

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Blocking in the negative space…

 

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Second sitting, earlier today…

 

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“Just Sweep Up the Casings, We Open in 5″ (final) oil on canvas, 16″ x 20” $235

This piece, which I started a couple days ago, I think is now done:

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“Icon: Our Lady of the Dissolution” oil on canvas 11″ x 14″

 

This one came together quickly, done in two sittings. “Red Planet Psalm”

 

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Final, “Red Planet Psalm” 11 x 14″ oil on canvas $95

 

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“Red Planet Psalm” oil on canvas, 11″ x  14″ $95

 

 

A recent habit I developed is to block out shapes and color on a new canvas with whatever color is left from a previous canvas. So, when the last canvas seemed done, I took a small canvas and scratched this out.

 

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“Red Planet Psalm” oil on canvas, 11″ x 14″ first sitting

 


Blocking out canvas # 3 that I have been working on this weekend. By working on I sometimes mean just I am thinking about what needs to happen and letting it incubate. Obviously a work in progress.

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“Eat the Heart” 18 x 24 oil on canvas.

second sitting, building up color and negative space:

“(if you love a thing) Eat its Heart” oil on canvas, 18 x 24, second sitting.

This canvas seems to be failing to thrive.

Third sitting with the new piece, I think it may be done, perhaps just a little cleaning up and intensifying color:

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“Eat the Heart” 18 x 24 oil on canvas.

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on the easel

 

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Eat the Heart (todos vosotrus padres eran tótemas) 16″  x 20″ $185

Should you be translating, I am meditating/editorializing on my own role as a father/parent.

 

 

New work, “The Bloom, see pictures for details:

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“The Bloom” oil on canvas 11″ x 14″ $145

This piece slipped right out of my hands and became a very different thing than what I intended. But it just hit the done pile. It’s hanging on the wall to dry. The image isn’t great, I’ll update with a better image when I remember to use flash…

A shot of the new piece with better light:

“The Bloom” oil on canvas 11″ x 14″ $145

Started a new work. Yes I’m doing two new canvases at the same time. This is the first sitting. When this dries, I’ll start ratcheting up the intensity of the colors. The color needs to be corrected slightly. (the palette is by request). This work is not for sale.

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New work NFS

second sitting:

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New work, second sitting NFS

Essentially, all I have done at this point is to outline the shapes in the image with a mixture of Ultramarine blue, ivory black, and panes grey. It is giving it the effect I am looking for, however, this piece is close to done, when the outlines are dry, it’s back to work on the shapes.

Third sitting with the new piece. The title I am leaving for it’s owner to disclose. The most enjoyable part of painting this piece was that to get the effect I was looking for I painted meticulously with very thin washes of paint mixed carefully on my palette. Generally, I paint quite heavily but this allowed succeeding layers of paint to bleed and show through. I’m going to take another look at this in the morning under natural light, but I think I am ready to call this one done.

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New work, third sitting, oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″ NFS

update 9/20/15

Started a new piece, yet untitled. I am slowly building up the paint. I blocked out the shapes a few days ago and got around to cover the canvas. It’s a small canvas (11″ x 14″). It’s starting to come together, the paint is thich in several places, so I will probably wait for it to be a little tack to being working on it again.

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New piece (untitled) oil on canvas 11″ x 12″
First sitting.

Second sitting: I loved the colors in this, but as I started the second sitting, I felt some darker colors might give the image some depth and movement, there will probably be another sitting with this one as well:

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new work, oil on canvas

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new work, oil on canvas, second sitting

Update: 8/8/15

Started a new piece. I did a lot in just one session, but it isn’t done, it seems flat. The contrast isn’t deep enough, though these are the colors I decided I’m using. The piece is tentatively titled “The Murder Slug,”–based on gaming lore that the significant human told me about: one of the lord of the nine hells is described a slug like creature. Hence the name. The topic came up after a recent semi-weekly table-top gaming session. And yes, I am a thirty-seven year-old that plays table-top games and I feel no shame about it.

First a picture of the image alone, and then myself with the canvas.

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Image of new piece 16″ x 2o” oil on canvas.

In this image, an intentional optical illusion (of sorts) begins to be apparent. The devils in the lore accompaning the game are always deceptive and shifting shape, so this became something I was working on since the first sitting with the piece.

Myself, with the new canvas, a work in progress...

Myself, with the new canvas, a work in progress…

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Got to a second (then third?) sitting with  “The Murder Slug (in the house of filth)”. The piece took on a life of it’s own, especially after I told my partner I thought it might be done, and then she made a few suggestions. As I had sort of envisioned the painting the main are I wanted the viewers’ eyes draw to (ie: the murder slug) was sinking into the back ground. The color scheme remained mostly the same, but the composition wasn’t working out with the background remaining as mostly a washed out white and burn sienna.

“The Murder Slug (in the house of filfth)” oil on canvas 16″ x 24″.

After my partner’s feedback, I realized I have to go darker, and I worked in a lot of Prussian Blue and burnt sienna. This finally, not only made the sort of optical effect I had intended, but also drew attention to the center thirds of the canvas to create nice movement in the piece (remember my original comment was the piece was too flat with not enough movement.

Here are a couple images of the (hopefully finished) piece:

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(third sitting) “The Murder Slug (In the House of Filth)” oil on canvas, 16″ x 24″

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“The Murder Slug” on my easel.

Update, new piece, 2 sittings, “Science-Fiction Double-Helix Picture-Show” 16″ x 20″ $140

Science-fiction double-helix picture-show, on the easel

Science-fiction double-helix picture-show, on the easel

Another shot:

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Science-fiction Double-helix Picture-show, 16″ x 20″ $140

Update: This is the finished piece 18″ x 24″ oil on Canvas $185, “The Sentinel”

“The Sentinel” oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″ drying on my easel.

Another shot:

“The Sentinel” oil on canvas 18″ x 24″ $185

This is my second sitting with this piece, tentatively titled “Sentinel” (until I have something I like better (oil on canvas, 18″ x 24″):

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Oil on Canvas 18″ x 24″

Worked a second sitting on the new piece (tentatively titled “The Sentinel”). It’s coming together, but my feeling is it may be getting a little too representational. It recalls, for me slightly, some of Klee’s works in that direction though it was common for Klee, if he painted a figure, for the figure to take up far less real estate on a canvas. Here it is after the second sitting (on my easel):

“The Sentinel” Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″

More images coming as I am working on them. Which is becoming a major part of my week this week. […] Finally, a better image of the new piece, “Specters” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

“Specters,” new oil on canvas

There’s still two new works that are hanging at the art on eight gallery right now, that have not been photographed yet. Hoping to add images of those soon. Make inquiries through the contact e-mail in this web-sites about section. […] The reception for the Art on Eight Gallery was this past Thursday. Thanks everyone who came to look around and see what I have been up to and the work that Ben (who shares the show with me) has done. A coupe people who were unable to attend the reception have expressed interest in trying to get in to see the gallery at another time. I will confer with my contact at the building to see if such a thing is possible. Thanks everyone for your support and enthusiasm.

“To Realize You Dropped it.” oil on canvas, 24″ x 36″

“To Realize You Dropped It” is a companion piece to “To Love a Falling Object” (the making of which is described below). The two were intended to be very similar. Both are currently on display at the Art on Eight gallery, and have gotten a lot of positive comment. As the show was coming together, I was trying to avoid hanging the gallery with too many older works so the focus would be on work I am doing now. There’s another small piece that I still do not have a proper photo of, “A Tired Script,” (oil on canvas, 8″ x 10″). For another blog, I snatched  a photo of myself next to my easel as it was drying, so you can see that here:

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artist, with “A Tired Script”

There’s (yet again) a black canvas currently on my easel. As anything happens with that, I will continue to update here. […] Update, first sitting with a new oil. First sitting with a new large oil piece. I did several new works before the Art on 8 show, but, since my digital camera met an untimely end, I don’t have images of the new works that went in the show. Also, since I don’t have any digital camera other than what’s on my MBPro. Since this is a first sitting, the colors are faint, and somewhat hard to make out in this shot.

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First sitting with New Painting, oil on canvas 24″ x 36″.

Even on a snowy, blustery winter day, I try to take advantage of what natural light I can get. The next sittings are going to intensify the areas of blues and greens, as well as the area that’s rather the focus of the piece, the side in the image that is dominated by yellow ocher. […] Started a new oil. I’m tentatively calling this “His Eye is on the Swallowed.” (2 images) This was my first sitting with this piece. Oil on gessoed canvas. 16” x 20″. After this, as I do sittings with this, I will just be fixing the color and contrast, –tweaking the image. This one came together quickly.

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“His Eye is on the Swallowed,” oil on canvas, drying on my easel.

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His Eye is on the Swallowed, drying, first sitting.

[…] Mission complete. I don’t have a firm title for this, but “To Love a Falling Object,” so far,  is the working title. It’s done, for sale, and I hope to be exhibiting it when the right opportunity arises. Trying to put those opportunities together now. Interested parties see the contact in my about section. Here’s a couple images:

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On the easel, “To Love a Falling Object” 24″ x 36″ oil on canvas.

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Detail, “To Love a Falling Object” 24″ x 36″ oil on canvas.

[more images as I worked on the piece, and other new work continue below] I’ve started new works for upcoming shows, and so on. This one is oil on canvas, 24” x 36”. Photos show how I blocked areas of the canvas into light and dark and started building up the sections. 111_4244 Starting… 111_4245 Detail… 111_4246 The work so far, (first sitting). [update: second sitting] Working on the new oil. It is yet untitled. Here it is after a couple hours this morning:

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Oil on canvas, work in progress, untiltled, 24″ x 36″

Tonight I did a third sitting with the large (yet untitled) oil. I may still do another sitting, but lightening the highlights and deepening the contrasts are bringing the piece together nicely, in my mind: Photo on 7-13-14 at 8.40 PM Photo on 7-13-14 at 8.43 PM Photo on 7-13-14 at 8.58 PM Photo on 7-13-14 at 9.05 PM … Second (as yet, untitled work): The idea for this was developed from the Tumblr.com blog Fuck-ton of Anatomy References Reborn (see here: http://fucktonofanatomyreferencesreborn.tumblr.com/post/85055323385/artists-subject-prompt-1). I began with using a sketch I had done previously, the source material for that was The Northampton Historical Society’s book: “The Life and Death of a State Hospital.” Here is the sketch (original photo by Sherer) 111_4163 Hospital Ward hallway, pencil on paper, based on the photo by Tom Sherer.

I adjusted the storyline to suit the back-drop I was creating, and made a few modification on the sketch image I had drawn. The piece is nearly done. The over-all effect is very much what I wanted. There’s a lot of detail work, and since I had some tubes of incandescent paint, I decided to experiment with incandescent copper (Golden acrylics) and incandescent gold. This afternoon I worked on it again (after this picture was taken) and the walls and foreground are much darker and look less washed out. Aside for bringing more light at the back of the hall and around the figure, I am mostly pleased with today’s progress. Also, the discarded item is another detail I intend to work on when next I sit down to finish this.

Here’s an image, from this morning:

Acrylic on Canvas, my work based on prompt 1 from the blog Fuck-ton of Anatomy References, it's a really great blog and you should probably follow it.

Acrylic on Canvas, my work based on prompt 1 from the blog Fuck-ton of Anatomy References Reborn, it’s a really great blog and you should probably follow it.

Hope to be able to post either one of these as finished pieces within the next couple days. Morning sunlight tends to give me the best light for painting. I try not to resort to spot lights in my room in the middle of the night –as I did when I was a kid. Worked on this piece, again, this morning. It’s getting there, there’s mostly details left. Also, it has a working title:

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Acrylic on canvas, “Found Where Her Tormentors Never Rested.” For sale, inquire.

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canvas 3, untitled, built around some blue and burnt umber left over from another piece.

Commissions Progress Page

There are few things that give me satisfaction like delivering a commissioned piece to a client or friend that requested the work. I have not updated this page so often as I should, unfortunately. I have been very fortunate to have done several commissioned works in the past year. Some are included here.

Another commissioned work, and this one I enjoyed so much. When people approach me about commissions, I am often really surprised in a happy way with the ideas people come up with. A friend, who is a practicing Zen Buddhist, wanted me to do an image in the style of Buddhist religious iconography, but using the Nintendo character, Kirby, as the central character in the image.

The final image:

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Kirby, as Buddhist Iconography, Casein Paint, Acrylic paint and graphite on a gessoed wood board. In private collection.

To prep for the final image, I did the following studies:

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Study, “the Buddha” Casein Paint on Gessoed paper.

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Kirby, study, acrylic paint on Gessoed paper.

 

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8-bit Kirby, study, acrylic paint on gessoed paper.

 

 

 

This work was a lot of fun to do. Aside that it was being purchased by a very good friend, it was a deeply personal work in many ways. Also, the client’s requests about the work meant I used painting techniques very different from how I usually paint. I definitely learned a thing or do, doing this particular work.

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Commissioned work, I am going to have to check with the buyer, because I forgot the title I scribbled on the back. Oil on Canvas, 18″ x 24″ in private collection

 

The next piece was also a joy to do. Sometimes, when I am approached about an idea the buyer has a very specific idea of what they want, –down to materials and the actual image. I do enjoy, though, when the direction for a commission is a little more amalgamous I have have the go-ahead to play and experiment with my typical style. This was one of those works. I had little direction other than to do something in my style, but include crows in the image.

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“Mother of Crows” acrylic on canvas, 16″ x 20″ NFS

On the SWPA page, I put out there I was doing commissions. A friend asked that I do one of the small works of Albany’s long-time alternative music hang-out, the Fuze Box.

The Fuze Box was a rescued Art Deco building and one-time White Tower Hamburgers location. White Tower was a Wisconsin-based competitor of White Castle, the first store opened and the company peaked in the 1950’s. Most of the original details in the building are still present: the molded glass and chrome, as well as signs advertising the buildings history before it was reused as a night-club. Long-time Albany scenesters still remember the days when the club was the QE2, and hosted live all-ages shows, as well as alternative dance nights.

So, a venerable historic structure in its own right, the Fuze Box/QE2 has been an anchor of Albany’s nightlife as long as pretty much anyone cares to recall. My friend, James, wanted an image to commemorate the Fuze Box and commissioned the work. I started doing preliminary sketches this morning.

A bit about my process: any commissioned work, or a serious work I do generally involves a few sketches. The sketching allows me to work out problems and practice the image before I start the actual work. I encourage my students to practice their ideas with sketches on paper before they truly start a piece. In this case, this is a mixed media color study and architectural study of the White Tower building (as it was in 2006, this image is from my own collection, taken with one of my many digital cameras I have owned over the years).

The sketch:

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The original image I am working from is below:

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I’ll include images, with the permission of the buyer, of the full work when it is done. If you’re interested in commissioning a work, use the contact information in the about page.

[update]

Working on an architectural drawing of a highly symmetrical Art Deco building is proving to be a challenge (not an unwelcome challenge, by any means, but still a challenge). Hopefully, I am not trying the patience of my buyer by taking my time and doing a score of preliminary sketches to get the end product right.

Last weekend, I went out with my point and shoot and took a couple night-time images to make a composite image for the final product. Today, I am working off pencil sketches of the various angles.

here’s today’s sketch (pencil on paper):

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I have permission from the buyer to include the work, which he just picked up today, on my blogs here. I did two versions of the Fuze Box image, and James, in turn, wanted both images.

So here they are drying on my easel (the source images I used are above):

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Thanks James, and I hope you enjoy the images!

Good friend and fellow odd human Seamus approached me about doing a painting for his girlfriend, Sid, who is likewise a super-cool human. What Seamus (being a Star Wars fan with a command of apocryphal and character lore I do not, sadly, have) wanted was a re-imagining of The Jabba the Hut scenes in Star Wars, with his cat, Sif, and he and his partner as characters in the piece. So, Jabba the Sif, became a thing. I drew four or five character studies, and then began painting what was one of the most fun images I have ever committed with acrylic paint to a canvas.

I have used the image with Sid’s permission.

Jabba the Sif. Acylic on canvas. Commission and birthday gift from Seamus to Sid.

Jabba the Sif. Acrylic on canvas. Commission and birthday gift from Seamus to Sid.

Thanks Seamus and Sid, I am glad you enjoy the finished piece.

Regardless of how quirky the idea, I am glad to take commisions of whatever you are looking for, and will do my best to fit materials and time within a budget you can afford. If you’re interested in a commission, use the contact in my about section on this blog.