Our Wintery Friend the Wendigo

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2013 by scratchyb

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A little break turned into a bit of an unexpected hiatus. Here’s something I did at the tail-end of 2012. I’m calling it the Wendigo. The lonely hiker continues on, unaware of his own state of deterioration and the force that haunts him.

I’m working on a new site design. I’m using wordpress.com right now, but since I have a host I’m going to install WordPress there and run this blog right and proper. This changeover will most likely occur either over the summer or in the latter part of 2013, as I would like to take my time and do it right.

Saying No

Posted in Uncategorized on December 16, 2012 by scratchyb

A lot of my Facebook friends were posting and reposting an article from the Onion: “Fuck Everything, Nation Reports.” I can understand the despair in this uncharacteristically unfunny article. But I respectfully have to say no.

“Fuck Everything” has been a mantra of my teen years, then seeping into my young adulthood, corroding everything I value and turning every desire to take positive action into a frustrated, impotent rage. No thanks. Not anymore.

With every senseless tragedy that happens I find another piece of my old anger falling away. Why not the opposite? Because I’ve been there, and it leads nowhere. Accepting the fact that tragic, senseless things happen and are part of the human condition is in itself not a negative thing, unless you allow it to progress into despair. Acceptance leads to action. I fear everything, I live in dread of any number of things my imagination can conjure, and my imagination is strong. But I also prepare, I plan, and ultimately, I accept.

So no, I’m not going to say I give up on humanity, or that the world sucks. Because I already knew that the world sucks—in part. I also already knew that the world is a beautiful place, where life returns again and again no matter where it is snuffed out, nor how badly it is crushed. That’s a solid fact, not a sentiment. And I think a little distance will show us that humanity is in fact, decent at the core. Where else do you think your outrage comes from?

Here’s what I will do instead: I will redouble my efforts to be a better person. I will stop the selfishness that’s prevented me from seeing the needs of others, I will stop wallowing in my own misery. I will set aside the petulant “why me” attitude, and recognize the wealth I already have. And then I will share that with others, to the degree that I know how. Because in the face of overwhelming evil, all you can really do is roll up your sleeves and get to work.

Dark Lords, Their Minions, and Frost Breath

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2012 by scratchyb

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© Eric Battaglia 2012

Here’s a little something else I did last week titled “The Dark Lord Riseth, His Minions Follow.”

By the way, that painting I posted last time now has a title, “Frost Breath,” and is posted for sale on Etsy.

New Corpsepaint Face

Posted in Art, Projects, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 21, 2012 by scratchyb

Today I’ll be putting the finishing touches on this corpsepaint face painting. It’s going to be the sixth in the series. I plan to stop at seven. It’s time to move on to some other projects.

 

© Eric Battaglia 2012

22 Berwyn art show

Posted in Art, Painting with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 18, 2012 by scratchyb

Modular22, the art/design hybrid collaborative show is still going on through December 22nd at Studio 22 Berwyn. Saturday’s opening was fun, and it was great to see what the whole thing looked like once it was together. This assemblage of laser-cut panels was the brainchild of Jessica Calek and Dan Streeting, who run 22. If you live near the Berwyn area, you really should put it on your to-do list to pay this gallery a visit.

Photos by Mandy McGee

 

Modular 22 Opening, Saturday, October 13th

Posted in Art with tags , , , , on October 8, 2012 by scratchyb

Saturday opens a unique local show in Berwyn, at a gallery called 22Berwyn, combining architecture, design, and art in a structure of individually painted, interlocking wooden panels. The only restriction on this project was that the art all be in black and white, or shades of grey, and that nothing restricted the panels from fitting together. For that reason, I decided that with my contribution I’d forgo the woodburning and do a black and white acrylic painting.  I’m really excited to see the end results of all this, because there are over 300 great looking panels, and the whole structure once put together should look awesome. The show opens October 13th and runs through December 22nd.

Black Metal Faces

Posted in Art, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2012 by scratchyb

Over the past seven months I’ve been working on and off on a series of small 6×6 inch deconstructed corpse-paint face paintings, experimenting with variations of  woodburning and painting techniques.  I have five completed so far, I plan to do up to seven. I first debuted these at the Constructor Craft Fair, and I’ll have five of them complete and shown all together on September 15th at the Cigars and Stripes September art show.

I’ve also begun listing them in my Etsy shop. I’ll probably be adding one every few days.

Slooow

Posted in Art with tags , , , , on August 29, 2012 by scratchyb

Sometimes I feel like I work at a snail’s pace.

The snail was burned, and the background is acrylic mixed with modelling paste, and graphite for the details.

Adventure Time Tribute Group Show

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2012 by scratchyb

If anyone is local to Chicago, you may want to stop by the OhNo!Doom gallery Saturday August 11 through August 30. There just so happens to be a terrific Adventure Time! tribute show, featuring over 40 artists, including myself. The show opens Saturday (oh, that’s almost here) August 11 from 6 PM through 10 PM.

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This piece incorporates pyrography, gouache, acrylic, modelling paste, and graphite.

No New Ideas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on July 26, 2012 by scratchyb

I was doodling at a show one day and came up with a sketch that I thought would make a cool pyrography painting. Then my girlfriend bought me a t-shirt on Threadless that had the same elements, same concept and motifs, but different design. It was just close enough to kill my enthusiasm for that particular design, but it got me thinking a little bit about the nature of ideas, the old saying that there are no new ideas. That saying pre-dated the Internet, but what happens now, when we are all basically tied into the zeitgeist, and the zeitgeist is composed of all of us?

I get my ideas from the outside world, just like we all do, but I also go to great pains to keep from being derivative. I usually let an idea stew for a few months, even if it means potentially missing the opportunity to be a “leader” in a trend and not just another dude on the bandwagon. And why should that matter anyway? How many innovators were overrun by the people who copied and then improved upon their innovation? Truth be told, I’m doing the same thing, as are most of us. But part of staying creative includes realizing this, and making the effort to keep the pool of influence wide enough to avoid clear and obvious influence.