Studio Cam 3 – Re-working unfinished paintings

Studio Cam 3 for Aug 2015

Studio Cam is a look into my studio as I work on current projects. Studio Cam 3 covers the period from the end of July and the first week of Aug 2015.

Thanks for dropping by.

Chris Erskine

urban landscape artist

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

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.16

 

Art Post No.16 for Wednesday, February 25, 2015

 

Artist Chris Erskine
Artist Chris Erskine

Art Post is published every Wednesday morning on this blog: Fat Cats – Starving Dogs.  As an artist, I focus on urban landscapes and architecture that is found in the City of Hamilton, Ontario.  Every building and landscape has a personality, a history, and a story to tell.  My art explores these visual stories.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Art Post No.14

11 Feb 2015

Art Post is a weekly review of my art related activities.  Art Post is published every Wednesday morning by 9:00 am.

11 Feb 2015
11 Feb 2015

This week, I continue to work on the Bold Street Painting Project.  This is my big return to painting from 10 plus years as a lino-woodblock print artist. As a self-trained artist, I lack many technical insights that are available to individuals who have completed undergraduates or graduate studio/art history programs.

While some may view this as serious weakness, I choose to view it as strength.  I embrace my outsider status and freely explore the out-of-date or passé approaches to art.  Sometimes too much knowledge can kill creativity or turn something into a visual thesis rather than something to enjoy.

Maybe, I am fooling myself?  You are in a better position to judge than myself.

Anyways, to return to the Bold Street Painting Project, I am not happy with results with the large canvas. So, I have returned to my original plan of working of the sketching details in smaller/single building studies.  Once the problems have been resolved, I will return to the large composition.

The one danger with this approach is the large composition may lose all its potential energy.  Most of my paintings done in the past were done from life.  I find the challenge of completing a work within a single sitting quite fun.  However, the details in buildings and urban landscapes require more time than can be achieved in one or two sittings.  Also, many locations are not the most suitable for extended drawing sessions.  At least that has been my experience in the past.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec