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

#SavetheHermitage Update

A quick update on the latest developments for the Hermitage Ruins, located in Ancaster, Ontario.

Please don’t forget to email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council prior to Wed’s vote on saving the Hermitage.

http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/WardCouncillors/

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

#SavetheHermitage – Call to Action

Call to Action – Email 159 words of support to Hamilton City Council by 5 pm, Sept 24, 2014 to save the Hermitage Ruins that are located in Ancaster, Ontario. One word for every year that the Hermitage has existed. Council needs to know that the community will support their decision to save the Hermitage.

Here is the link to the Councillors emails

http://www.hamilton.ca/YourElectedOfficials/WardCouncillors/

Thank you in advance for your support

Chris Erskine
chriserskineartist@gmail.com
@erskinec

Hamilton Artist Update 34

This week:

1. Documentary work (2.34)

2. Hermitage Update (4.19)

3. Centenary’s Fate (5.23)

 

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

Hermitage Update – Sept 11, 2014

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec

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

Meaning of Hermitage

What does the Hermitage mean to you?  This is the question posed by Leanne Pluthero and Marla Loretta (on Aug 22nd), organizers behind the Save the Hermitage Facebook page.  Artist Chris Erskine tries to answer this question as an individual and as an artist.

Chris Erskine

chriserskineartist@gmail.com

@erskinec