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All about 7-PR11SOn

This gentleman at 7-11 was kind enough to allow me to take his photo knowing my hope was to paint it. Been trying to catch him for days now.

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An immigrant from India, I first met him at my closest 7-11 right after the new year when he started. He was so energetic and happy.


He works graveyard most nights, and I have seen him attacked, almost robbed at gun point, constantly shoplifted from as he works all night, 6 nights a week, by himself.

I have tried to cheer him up, or offer alternates so many times. I have almost stopped. I am so glad he agreed to this. Not sure the affect, but he was pleased when I showed him the 1st layer.

Took this just as the morning started. Had him print and sign the back.

  • Orig pic for 7-pr11son
    Orig pic for 7-pr11son

Laid down water wax. Water soluble pastels, and ket it soak for several hours in the moist wax inbedding the pigment in the coarse pastel paper.

Then I rubbed Munkyo oil Pastels ontop of the wax using a rubber spatula, then lightly scraped it off. Touched up the lines and gently rubbed in some more was to smooth out the scraping lines.

I will wait a couple of hours, finish touching it up, then all done!

I am glad it captured how I have witnessed him withdraw into himself, I left the 1st lines that I you come to as you look at his surroundings edged and well defined. He knows where his “prison” is. Beyond the “bars”, everything becomes a miasma of undefined potential, that fades into the unknown darkness of the future.

He is a smart young man. I dislike watching his spirit melt like slowburning candles. Hmm, perhaps I ought to reconsider telling him all of this? Seems prudent to allow his right to interpret for hu himself.

1st Color app 7-11prison
1st Color app 7-11prison
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Oil Pastels

What Does “Service”, Mean?

Service.

When I started the arduous process of getting my skill level up to something that resembles current web designer/ web design standards in order to build for the un-tech-savvy, aging Marines I was inspired by, a website I would be proud of, the eastbaymarines.us, the first thought i had was, “well, what IS ‘service'”?

At that time, I boiled down what I understood into that website’s “About Us”

ABOUT US


What you should know About US (The Marines)
This is About Us, but, it is also about YOU.
It is about every one of us who earned the title of Marine before setting out to learn our various military occupational skills and then being deployed to areas throughout every part the world, since the inception of the Corps back in 1775. That title, “United States Marine,“ that’s just a phrase. The title is utterly meaningless without the context from which it springs, the solid foundation on which recruits transform,


Is The Forge of SERVICE


We Marines carry within us a crystal-clear understanding of the motivation of service. It is imbued deep, through centuries worth of hard-tackling by battalions of drill instructors to create a well-honed, visceral crucible that breaks down the resistance of recruits, through squeezing, stressing, and pressing, so that within the Marines who emerge from graduation, that ingot of service has been transformed into a bonding agent we call “Esprit d’ Corps“.


Esprit d’Corps


This Spirit of the Corps. What is it? In its modern expression, it is a single assertion of brother and sisterhood among those who have prepared to share mud, blood, and dirt, going further still together to shared injury, pain, and death. The Corps has often been the 1st of the military to face the conflicts that threaten or call to us. It is within those conflicts, when finding ourselves before the gate of the final experience, stripped down of all prejudice, every experience past, all desires, dreams, and goals filled and unfilled, we find a truth known to those who have passed on before us, that all will pass through that final gate. What we have before then, is each other.


DEDICATION


We will assist our brother and sister Marines. We will leave none on any of the battlefields of life if we are able. Politics, position, and religion are ever present in life, and noticeably absent from our Mission. All freely given aid from citizens is very welcome, but not required. Anything that will hinder us, or compromise the faithful execution of our Mission, should be set aside.


and HONOR


We have a Mission, and through it, we will honor the title of United States Marine!

From “About Us”- eastbaymarines.us (closed)

So many lessons have been inprinted since last November 2018.

One of them is that I have a talent for oil pastels. The other week I started ” “All ‘Bout the Barista’s”, set in Zocalo Coffeehouse in San Leandro. The woman making my coffee is Jacquelina Arneta. Kevin Dittiannis(?) is the gentleman behind her. He is a jazz musician. So many stories.abtb updat 6-10-197-pr11son Update

Marine Bill
Marine Bill

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Bill has a very interesting story. Some of Bill’s highlights:

  1. 68 years.
  2. “almost 7 decades of what?”
  3. 68 years with his high school sweetheart.
  4. Volunteered for the Marines.
  5. Afterward, drafted into the Army.
  6. Did two (2), count them, TWO Boot camps.
  7. Never went to war.
  8. Never heard of the Marine Corps League before 3 years ago.

“7-pr-11-son”, is in “finishing” phase

7-pr-11-son

Waiting for Gadot?

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Oil Pastels

Art Tip of The Day

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Civic Actions

National P.T.S.D. Awareness Month

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Civic Actions

KEEP AN EYE ON YOUR FRIENDS P.S.A.

PTSD Notice
PTSD Notice
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Oil Pastels Service Series

3rd Service Series Painting Started

Working Title “We Think His Name Is Brad” 2nd Study in Yellow and Light Grey. Strathmore Pastel Paper 11 x 14 in. Will be transferred to Strathmore 18×23 in Pastel Paper Series 400. Southwest Airline Steward upon landing in Baltimore, MD 7-13-19. Permissions granted by model.
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Oil Pastels Service Series

SERVICE SERIES, PC #3 – Update

STATUS UPDATE ON SERVICE SERIES #3

Well, it is launched!

After the C & P (Color & perspective) study is complete, I will enlarge it bigger sheet to capture more of the scene.

“I Think His Name Is Brad”

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Oil Painting

Portraits And Just How Damn Good Are Oil Portraits These Days?

A picture is worth a 1000 words, and if this portrait by Alex Venizia doesnt simply floor you immediatly, then you have no sensibilities whatsoever, and we are all in trouble. “Haunting” takes home : 1st Place Painting & People’s Choice Award at The 2019 Portrait Society of America’s – “International Portrait Competition” ALEX’S Site #love #like #follow #beautiful #photo #instagram #nature #instadaily #fashion #travel #photographer #art #happy #followme #instalike #ig #cute #style #likes #summer #travelphotography #me #photoshoot #igers #smile #bhfyp#photooftheday #instagood #photography #picoftheday
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Oil Pastels Portraits

Portraits Update!

  • Aidan when he was 11
  • Judah at 13
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Unhomed Oil Pastels Therapy Quick Tip Portraits Projects Portfolio A. 'Yobi' Blumberg

Attention To Detail Is A Sword That Cuts Both Ways

I have had a paiting that should have taken no more than 20 hrs, end up being 64, because I have both, paid too much attention to detail, and too litte.

This painting is beginning to show the fruits of my long labor to reconcile my two urges into a seamless, natural whole