Studio Cam 2 – Chris Erskine urban landscape artist

Studio Cam 2 - a peak into artist chris erskine's studio
Studio Cam 2 – a peak into artist chris erskine’s studio

Studio Cam is a periodic peak into the studio of urban landscape artist, chris erskine.

Chris Erskine

urban landscape artist

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Art Post No.31 – searching for a way forward

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist

A weekly update on my work as an urban landscape artist. Posts are uploaded here and on my youtube channel every Wednesday morning.

 

Chris Erskine
urban landscape artist
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

Odds & Ends – #HamOnt Urban Houses

Odds and Ends – artist notebook

Chris Erskine's weekly artist notebook
Chris Erskine’s weekly artist notebook

The past week has been one of reflection. How to approach my subject: the single detach home within an urban landscape.

My working thesis is: our home is our castle. This is particularly true if you are an urban settler or someone who lives next to challenging neighbours.

So we try and shut out the world with our electronic gadgets and home furnishings. Nevertheless, many still feel the need to make some sort of statement with our home architecture and landscaping.

This is the space that I am trying to explore with my new series.

Hamilton Urban Homes
Hamilton Urban Homes

 

As part of my research, I been looking at several landscape artists for inspiration. I am particularly impressed by the following:

Peter Harris, Toronto
http://www.peterharris.ca

Hans Habeger, Chicago
http://Hanshabeger.com

Marc Trujillo, Los Angeles
http://www.marctrujillo

Each of these artists explore the overlooked spaces within our urban landscapes like parking lots of commercial properties, rear of strip malls, or the fronts of chain store operations. There is also a theme of night time landscapes and a feeling of isolation.

Peter Harris is part of a group show at the Mira Godard Gallery, 22 Hazelton Ave, until September 12th.

This week:

Monday – Odds and Ends

Wednesday – Art Post No.31

Friday – Studio Cam 2

Chris Erskine

Urban landscape artist
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

Odds & Ends – Adobe CC and GoPro

Odds and Ends – an artist notebook

Artist's Notebook by Urban Landscape Painter, Chris Erskine @erskinec
Artist’s Notebook by Urban Landscape Painter, Chris Erskine @erskinec

July 20th, learning how to use new software and equipment is taking up most of my time. I have upgraded from Adobe essentials to Adobe CC.

I have also switched from the audacity to audition. On the surface the different pieces of software look similar, but in reality they are not, so there is a steep learning curve.

I have also purchased the GoPro Hero 4 – Silver as a camera for filming quickly and with a lower profile than my Canon 3Ti. I am still trying to determine its limits compared to the Canon. I wanted something to use in crowds or where the weather is less than ideal.

I also hope to use the GoPro as a second camera in film interview setups.

I heard somewhere (Film Riots I believe) that each type of Camera (Canon, Sony, Nikon, and GroPro) have their own ecosystem that requires its own batteries, lens, cases, etc. GoPro is very much little this, with unique batteries, cases etc. All of which costs time and money.

At present, I learning the different features of the GoPro and what kind of sound I can get out of the system. As a result, you will be seeing a lot of this experimentation reflected in my film projects like Art Post, Studio Cam, and Art Crawl.

Speaking of art crawl, my apologies for the delay in showing the street footage. The file size of the GoPro footage required significant compression and this required to learning do this in Adobe Premiere Pro CC.

This week:

Wed, July 22nd – Art Post No. 30, more on learning to use GoPro

Fri, July 24th – Art Crawl July 10th – Part 2.

Thanks for dropping by.

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

Art Post No. 29 – Why Commission An Art Portrait

Art Post No. 29 by Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist

Art Post is a weekly review of Chris Erskine’s art related activities and is posted to Youtube and his personal blog (Fat Cats – Starving Dogs) every Wed morning.

Chris Erskine
urban landscape artist
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

 

Odds and Ends – Hamilton’s Art Crawl

Odds and Ends for Monday, July 13, 2015

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec

I came to art at an age before the birth of the art crawl. So, I remember the dark ages when artists really had to look towards Toronto.

For emerging artists, Hamilton Artist’s Inc., provided the only real opportunity to stage a solo or group show. Of course, your art had to match the current trends in the non-profit scene.

So, the creation of the art scene on James Street North (around 2005) has been a truly remarkable development. I understand there is an excellent documentary made on the birth of the Art Crawl, but after 4 weeks I am still waiting for the arrival of my DVD.

Today, the Hamilton gallery scene is really quite small, and struggling to find enough buyers from a really small pool  of art collectors.

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec

On Friday, I join a healthy crowd of visitors who walked up and down James Street North, despite the competition from other local events and the Pan-Am games.

I don’t get down to the Art Crawl that often because the kids are usually heading to bed around 8 pm, but today managed to get there and I was struck by two things.

1. With a warm and pleasant evening, why are places like Artist’s Inc., and Centre3 not open at 6 pm versus 7 pm? There is certainly enough people walking around the area to justify their doors being open earlier.

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec

2. While there are some people selling art and craft items, the rest were certainly not threatening the status of the Quebec City street artists. The side walks seem filled with sellers with only the weakness link to the arts.

Fear for the future of James Street North. Does it become the future bar district or some sort of flea market?

Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec
Chris Erskine, Urban Landscape Artist @erskinec

Maybe what is required is some sort of organized effort to provide quality art that may not be ready for or have access to the gallery scene; something like the maker’s market.

Visiting the art crawl always leaves me dis-spirited.  Am I alone with this uneasy feeling?

Chris Erskine

Urban Landscape Artist
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

Studio Cam 1 – Chris Erskine Urban Landscape Artist

Studio Cam 1 – 10 July 2015

A 60 second time-lapse look into my studio while I work on my latest urban landscape painting. Posted here and on my art blog, fat cats – starving dogs.

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