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The Back Forty by Eleventyteen The Back Forty :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 13 7 Beyond by Eleventyteen Beyond :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 19 4 The Things Between Darkness and Light by Eleventyteen The Things Between Darkness and Light :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 16 2 A Virginia Snowfall by Eleventyteen A Virginia Snowfall :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 11 2 Mistaken Creek by Eleventyteen Mistaken Creek :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 7 2 Spires of the North by Eleventyteen Spires of the North :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 10 3 Yggdrasil by Eleventyteen Yggdrasil :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 25 6 Skanderborg by Eleventyteen Skanderborg :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 14 4 A Study of Mountains and Sunset by Eleventyteen A Study of Mountains and Sunset :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 17 7 The Names In The Rock by Eleventyteen The Names In The Rock :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 9 7 Gather Us Upon The Mountain by Eleventyteen Gather Us Upon The Mountain :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 31 17 A Risen Sentinal by Eleventyteen A Risen Sentinal :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 14 4 Tatters by Eleventyteen Tatters :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 6 2 Spire of the South by Eleventyteen Spire of the South :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 10 2 Like Simple Prayers Fulfilled by Eleventyteen Like Simple Prayers Fulfilled :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 39 14 Patient Without Time by Eleventyteen Patient Without Time :iconeleventyteen:Eleventyteen 11 8

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John
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
My work is about pain, loss, the darkness that follows death, emptiness, the faint wisps of joy which hang on the horizon but are never there, and the path back to something akin to happiness. The beauty of nature and the place of humans within it often form the backdrop for this expression of pain. I have a predilection for those themes which represent the joyous days of my childhood. Streams, rivers and bodies of water hold a particular fascination as do small towns and the fading remnants of our civilization, so quickly reclaimed by the land.


I am represented by Cantrell Gallery in Little Rock, Ellen Hobgood Gallery in Heber Springs, AR, and Frame of Mind in Camden, AR.

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The Back Forty

18X24, Oil on Panel

This one is another repaint of an older painting, solid in concept but lacking in execution.  I also had to perform some surgery on excess elements in the original.  The original version of this was completed in 2009 and was shown at a gallery in North Little Rock called Ketz during it's brief life.  The original version is still in my possession and will now either be destroyed or put into deep freeze.  The image was a complete fabrication from my imagination, cobbling together a variety of motifs from the Ozark Mountains.


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Beyond
4X6, Oil on Aluminum Panel

From a picture provided to me by my wonderful friend from way up north in Finland, korsonoraakkeli.deviantart.com…

I am getting a little out of order on my uploads as this one should actually be #9 of 50 for 2018
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The Things Between Darkness and Light
30X40, Oil on Canvas

This is the large version of the study of mountains and sunset I posted a while back.  This one again made me question the use of canvas for anything for me.  I just really dislike the brush feel of the surface.  I am currently experimenting with aluminum panels.  Hopefully that work will pan out and give me an alternative to canvas for big paintings in the future.
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Mistaken Creek
6X8, Oil on Panel

This was a little plein air I started near Waco, Texas around New Year's Day.  It was the only "warm" day around that time frame.  This little creek turned out to be the result of a burst water pipe that had been spewing water for who knows how long!  And thus how this piece earned the name, "Mistaken Creek."  The white limestone that formed the creek bed turned out to be tricky. 
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I thought last year was pretty successful.  It marked a solid turn-around from the slump that occurred in my life after the death of my wife in the summer of 2014.  She was my cheer leader and did a whole lot for me, both in terms of spreading my art with shameless promotion and also with encouragement.  She knew and understood what I was working towards, style-wise.  She followed the work of artists I admired to understand what made me like them.  Even though, she herself never pursued art in any way, she learned a lot about it in order to better understand what drove me and help me to better myself.  That is a rare thing to have.

So while I have not fully recovered, I have had some help in dealing and learning how to keep moving forward.  And I hope to continue this trend into 2018.

One huge goal I managed to accomplish in 2017 was getting my work into a third gallery.  It is a beautiful space in a quaint downtown in a small town in southern Arkansas.  The owner seems to be a wonderful person and I look forward to working with him to provide work of interest to this area.  However, I remain realistic about the prospects here.  Art is not a priority in the town in which this gallery is located.  Because of this, I will set my primary "not-goal" of 2018 to pursue a fourth gallery.  I will put some focus into a gallery in a larger city outside of Arkansas.  However, I will also be willing to find another gallery in-state if it is in a decent sized town or a town with a good art community, Hot Springs would be ideal.

1.   Get into a 4th gallery!  As discussed above, I will be looking for some very specific criteria here.  Either in a city modest sized or larger city out of state or an Arkansas city that should experience some relatively high traffic volume.  There are not many cities in Arkansas which fit this criteria so I should be able eliminate possibilities rather quickly.

2.  Start making my own frames! My online frame supplier of choice has discontinued more and more of my favorite styles of frames.  I really cannot afford to have a local company make my frames.  I bought a very nice used miter saw about 10 years ago and have yet to put it to use.  All I need is a corner pinner and I'm ready to start trying this.  I will target having this going before April.

3.  Make 60 blog posts...yes, I'm going to try for this again. It's totally achievable, especially if I blog more about works in progress or process related things.  No problem, lol.

4.  Complete 50 paintings...yes, I'm going to try to do this again too!

5.  Hang in 3 national shows.  I bested my goal of 2 last year so let's go for an improvement.  I would like for 2 of these to be outside of Arkansas.

6.  Line up a solo show for either end of 2018 or 2019.  Most likely this will be in 2019 because most galleries and arts centers will have already booked 2018.

I think you can see a theme beginning to develop here.  I am aiming for 2018 to be a year to establish footholds as a more regional artist with goals tied to out of state venues.

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Beggalind Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018
Thanks for the fav Hug 
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Eleventyteen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're very welcome! Hug 
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mp2015 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2018
Thanks for the fave!
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Eleventyteen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome!
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HendrikHermans Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for faving
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BeeTatyana Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2018  New Deviant Professional Traditional Artist
I'm watching you now :squee:
Thanks a lot for sharing your awesome work!
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CyanilurusJubatus Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you very much for the fav! :)
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mothandashes Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you for the +fav...:happybounce:  
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ChIandra4U Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2018   General Artist
I appreciate your fav 
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RiEile Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2017
Thank you for the fav and the watch! You have some amazing paintings in your gallery!
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