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.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

The Ghost of Lover’s Lane – Hermitage Ruins in Ancaster, Ontario

Odds and Ends – Monday June 8, 2015

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist, outside the campus art gallery
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist; outside the campus art gallery.

In the next week or so, the re-building of the Hermitage Ruins will begin.  My understanding is that the process will start with the numbering of all the stone in the main structure.  I have not heard yet whether they are going to save the remains of the outer buildings or not.

Last year, I had the good fortune to have the founder of Ghost Walks to show me the ruins. He told me the tale of Lover’s Lane and the Hermitage Ruins.  A few weeks later, I went on the actual tour – at night.  It was an amazing experience, and I strongly recommend the experience to everyone.

For those of you who missed the original posting, here is a repeat of the Legend of Lover’s Lane.

http://www.ghostwalks.com/hermitage.htm

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskine

 

Hermitage #HamOnt – Part 8

Odds and Ends

Urban Landscape Artist - Chris Erskine
Urban Landscape Artist – Chris Erskine

 

This is part 8 and the final installment of the unfinished Hermitage Ruins doc.  Last year, as it appeared that the Hermitage would be partial demolished, a group of activists held a gathering at the Hermitage.  Their goal, to save the Hermitage.

This short and unfinished film follows some of the lead organizers as they explore the ruins and try to understand the location of the various buildings on the site.

It was a wonderful day of exploration, and really captured the power of the Hermitage over the imagination of those who visit the site.

Hope you enjoy the final installment.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec