Archive for the Art Category

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.

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.

It’s All in the Details

Posted in Art, Process, Technique, woodburning with tags , , , , , , , , on July 25, 2012 by scratchyb

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I once had an art teacher call me “tedious Eric,” because I worked over the tiniest details with careful precision. At least, I think he was referring to that, and not my personality.  Anyway, I never broke the habit, as you can see here. This is one tiny part of a larger piece I’ve been working on, and even as I asked myself why I’m focusing so much on this repetitive pattern, I understood that I couldn’t do it any other way. Repetition of patterns is almost meditative, and it allows me to get into a state of mind where I can think through other things, solve other problems even as I focus on the work in front of me.  Of course, when I changed over to stippling further down, it broke the rhythm and I started to feel a little fidgety and anxious.

Forevertron!

Posted in Art with tags , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2012 by scratchyb

I was so excited to have finally made it here. We took a special trip up to the Wisconsin Baraboo area just to see this amazing sculpture garden. The story is, Tom Every, aka Dr. Evermor, was a wrecker who had become depressed to see so much quality work just end up as unused scrap.  The Forevertron is the solution, an homage to Science Fiction afficionados everywhere. Mandy and I took so many more pictures than I have space for here. I’d been dying to see this place ever since a coworker described it to me two years ago.

The Epicurean is among my favorite pieces here, it all just comes together so well.

I loved this telescope. There’s something slightly ominous about it.