Odds and Ends – Free Art

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

Odds and Ends – Aug 24th
First and foremost, art is my passion. Like any passion, one wants to share what you find interesting and rewarding. So, here is my offer of free art. Dundurn Castle is one of the great treasures of Hamilton and I would like to share one of my sketches of this 1835 heritage site. On Wednesday, I will show how you can get an email copy of my sketch and create a print copy that can be framed for your office or home. It is my way of giving back to the community.

Dundurn Castle Sketch by @erskinec
Dundurn Castle Sketch by @erskinec

 

The 1875 McClure House Painting Sketch Project – Part 2

Sorry for the rough quality of the video, but ran out of memory on my SDRC card.

Artist Chris Erskine continues with his painting sketch of the 1875 McClure House located west of Toronto. Mr. McClure was a stage coach-hotel business person. The location is half-way between Hamilton and Toronto. People would travel by stage coach from the 1830s to the turn of the 1880s. This is the fourth visit to this location.

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 28 – Painting Hermitage Ruins

This week: painting the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster (Ont).

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Studio Work Continues

Hamilton Sketches – the 1853 Central School Canvas Sketch.

Sketching on canvas
Sketching on canvas

To create larger works, I use a field sketches and photographs.

The strength of photographs is that it captures every detail but that is also its weakness.  By capturing every detail you get too much information.  While the human eye sees everything, we are only become aware of the details that are important to us.

This is why photographs become dated and paintings less so.  The artist is capturing the essence of the subject.

In addition to sketches and photographs, I also try to understand the history of the building.

I want to stress the historical parts of the building rather than more recent additions. In the case of the Central Public School, there were major renovations in the 1890s and 1960s.

Here is the canvas sketch after my second session.

Day 2 of the Central School Canvas Sketch
Day 2 of the Central School Canvas Sketch

On Day one, I rough out a sketch of most of the building.  This is hard to see in this photograph.  On Day two, I started working on the clock tower.  I first work a section with pencil and then re-trace the pencil lines with black ink.

Studio Work

Hamilton Sketches – Central Public School

I try to get into the studio every day; usually in the morning before everyone gets up.

Working on Central Public School in the Studio
Working on Central Public School in the Studio

Being on summer vacation, I divide my time between outdoor and indoor work.

My preference is to sketch buildings with full exposure to the sun.  So, depending on the orientation of the particularly building, I will either work outdoors in the morning or the afternoon.

The balance of the day will then be spent in the studio.

On Monday, I started to work on an ink and gouache sketch on canvass of the Central Public School building.

Again, the goal of these sketches is to quickly capture the portrait of these buildings.  To encourage a more informal approach, I use inks and gouache washes rather than acrylics or oils.  At least in my mind, this creates less pressure to make a polished piece.