Odds & Ends – artist notes

Odds and Ends for Monday 06 July 2015

Chris Erskine, urban landscape artist

Chris Erskine, urban landscape artist

Odds & Ends – 06 July 2015

Urban homes is the subject of my first painting series for 2015.  Our homes are our castles, particularly when the neighbourhood is not so perfect.  How the landscape affects our little islands of safety and peace is the focus.

I have asked Artist Christina Sealey to a portrait of my youngest daughter.  She dropped by over the weekend and took some photos.

Urban Landscape Artist, Peter Harris, is an amazing artist.  He captures that still of the night in locations that are closed for the day.  I like how he constructs his landscapes and his principle subject – house, factory, store etc.

He is part of a group show at the Mira Godard Gallery in Toronto that is currently running from June 27th to September 27th.

Cheers

Odds and Ends is a weekly review of the bits and pieces that make up an artist life.

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec


Art Post No.27 – New Landscape Series

A weekly video blog on my art and film-making. Posted every Wednesday morning on Youtube and my blog: Fat Cats – Starving Dogs.

This week: new landscape series focusing on urban houses.

Chris Erskine
Urban Landscape Artist
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec


Odds and Ends: 29 June 2015

Odds & Ends: 29 June 2015

Odds & Ends: 29 June 2015

Odds and Ends – 29 June 2015

With the success of my recent school painting project, I am re-focusing my efforts on single buildings within an empty void. Exploring how the world may not be to our liking, and how we try and block out those unpleasant realities.

At the moment, my principle source of inspiration is artist, Tony Scherman. The campus art gallery has a very nice study, about 3 feet by 3 feet. I find the square shape particularly appealing.

Over the past week, I been searching for small houses in West Hamilton that are very similar to each other, but still maintain their uniqueness.

I envision a series of house paintings, likely between 12-20 pieces.

In addition to houses, I started a painting that deals with a car. Again, I hope to create a series that contains 12-20 pieces.

Cheers

Odds and Ends – a weekly review of bits and pieces of activity and information that sums up an artist life.

Chris Erskine
Urban Landscape Artist
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec


Art Post No.26 – School Painting Project

Art Post uploaded every Wed morning; providing an update on my art projects.

Chris Erskine

Urban Landscape Artist

chrierskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec


Odds and Ends: 22 June 2015

 

Earl Court Gallery, Ottawa St., Hamilton, Ontario

Earl Court Gallery, Ottawa St., Hamilton, Ontario

Odds & Ends – 22 June 2015

There was an opening reception at Earls Court Gallery on Thursday (June 18th) for artists Katherine MacDonald and John Miecznikowsk.  I know both artists as instructors at the Dundas Valley School of Art.  While I consider myself as a self-taught artist, I did take about a dozen or so courses at DVSA in the late 1990s.

This was my first visit to the Ottawa Street location.  I would often visit the gallery when it was located in the core.  They still seems to be a very serious gallery with strong connections to Hamilton art collecting community.

I was also impressed by diversity of businesses on the street.  I wouldn’t be surprised if the future of the arts community is on Ottawa Street.

Odds and Ends – a weekly review of bits and pieces of activity and information that sums up an artist life.

 

Chris Erskine

Urban Landscape Artist

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec


Art Post No.25 – Upgrading to Adobe Cloud

Art Post No.25

Chris Erskine

Urban Landscape Artist

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec


Art Post No.24

AP24 – 10 June 2015

Chris Erskine at Campus Art Gallery

Chris Erskine at Campus Art Gallery

I hope everything is well with you.

Sorry about missing last week’s Art Post.  I have just upgraded to Adobe Creative Cloud and there have been a few transition problems.  I will talk more about this change next week.

My recent break in weekly art postings has given me the opportunity to reflect on where and how I can improve things.

The goal of these video blog postings is to give you a sense of my creative practices. I love studio tours and the chance to see artists at work.  It is my hope that this video postings can achieve the same effect; essentially a virtual studio tour.

To increase the chance of you visiting on a regular basis, I have decided to drastically reduce the length of each video art post to 60 seconds.  Hopefully, this will give you a snapshot of my creative activities.

Since the City of Hamilton is source of creative inspiration for urban landscape art, I will try and post from various locations in the community.

Art Post will continue to be published every Wednesday morning between 7 am to 9 am.

 

Chris Erskine


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