Hamilton Artist Update 32 – Finger Painting

This week:

1. On Painting – getting caught up in details (1.55 minutes)

2.  On New Technique -trying out finger painting (2.15 minutes)

3. On New Projects -doing finger painting (0.40 minutes)

4. On the Hermitage – joining forces with Rob Patry (0.40 minutes)

5. On the Hermitage – latest developments (2.35 minutes)

 

 

Painting outdoors is about speed and editing; capturing only the most important elements.  This summer, however, I been loaded down with details and time.  So, I decided to mix things up with a change in technique: finger painting.  Using my fingers to sketch and paint buildings and landscapes.  Traditionally, you only show your most successful pieces, but I feel the journey is just as important and as the distination.

Warm-up charcoal sketch and chinese ink sketch of the 1853 Central Public School, located in Hamilton, Ontario.
Warm-up charcoal sketch and chinese ink sketch of the 1853 Central Public School, located in Hamilton, Ontario.

 

 

 

For my first attempt at a finger painting, I decided to use a large 40 by 48 inch canvas.  It was surprisingly hard to spread the paint around and the amount of paint required was quite alot.

 

the beginning of an acrylic finger painting of the 1853 Central Public School, located in Hamiton (Ont).
the beginning of an acrylic finger painting of the 1853 Central Public School, located in Hamiton (Ont).

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Fate of Hermitage Hangs in the Balance

This Tuesday, the Heritage Permit Review Sub-Committee will decide the fate of the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster, Ontario.

At issue is how much of the Hermitage will be saved.  The Hamilton Conservation (HCA) authority is proposing to reduce the surviving walls to a height of 3 feet, except for the area immediately around the main entrance to the mansion.

The HCA case for partial demolition of the Hermitage is based on safety and costs.

The safety argument is based on people jumping off walls seems a bit of a stretch.  If that is the standard for safety then the gates at Dundurn Castle will need to be torn down.

If the argument is that the walls may collapse then proper fencing around the structure (until proper restoration work is performed) should address any insurance concerns.

People, who knowingly climb over or under fencing that is setup to protect them from falling stones, should no longer be able to hold the Hamilton Conservation Authority responsible. This is why the City puts up fencing and signage around construction sites.

With regards to the money, the Hamilton Conservation Authority is a large organization with significant resources available to it, much more than the average home owner.

In addition to its own budget, it has access to further resources through its foundation (including the ability to fund-raise).  Therefore, there is no financial reason why the HCA cannot do full and proper restoration work.

Furthermore, the HCA has had stewardship responsibilities for over 40 years, lots of time for them to plan and set aside funds for proper restoration work.  The issue isn’t money or safety, its values. It appears that the HCA does not value the Hermitage Ruins, and if you do not value something, why would you invest in proper restoration.

When the HCA comes before the Committee on June 24th, it is my hope that the Permits Committee will stand up for our heritage and say no to any request for a partial demolition.

In my view, the job of the Permits Committee is to protect our designated heritage, not smooth the path towards it destruction.

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

 

 

5X5 Update 1: James St. Baptist Church

Five different shots, each lasting five seconds, using natural sounds.  James Street Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 16: Hermitage Ruins

Sorry for the poor sound quality.  First attempt at syncing sound and video.  Racing to put together the video, so lacking text.  Please contact the Heritage Permits Sub-committee and demand that the Hermitage Ruins be fully restored.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Call to Action: Gore Park

On Monday, May 5th, 2014 – the Property Standards for Gore Park will be meeting at 9:30 am in room 264 at Hamilton City Hall.  My understanding this that the Gore Park Buildings will be on the agenda, possibility with the developer.  It is really important to show that the community cares about the Gore Park Buildings.  I know this is short notice and the time of day will be a challenge for most of us, but if anyone can attend the meeting that would be great.

 

Again, call to action for the Gore Park Buildings:

The Property Standards for Gore Park

Hamilton City Hall, Room 264

Monday, May 5th at 9:30 am

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Save the Hermitage Ruins

On May 27, 2014 – the Heritage Permits Sub-Committee will be deciding the future of the Hermitage Ruins located in Ancaster.  The Hamilton Conservation Authority wants to demolish the ruins to a height of 3 feet.

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec