#Hamilton2Views: a two-person urban landscape show

I’m looking forward to seeing my work hanging at Earls Court Gallery in Hamilton Ontario, as part of a two-person show with my partner Barry Coombs.  We’ve both been painting Hamilton’s urban landscape for quite a while for this show, but because our two approaches are completely different, the outcomes have been fascinating!

Oil Pastel on Wood Panel 18" x 24"

Overpass. Oil Pastel on Wood Panel 18″ x 24″

Everyone is invited to the opening on October 9, from 7:00 to 9:30, at the Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday.

Two Drawings

Two of my mixed media drawings were recently included in the Grand Manan Art Gallery’s first ever Square Foot Art Show, a new fundraising event.  I am very happy to be able to contribute to the operation of this gallery, located on Cedar Street on the Island of Grand Manan in the Bay of Fundy, that “welcomes and exhibits the work of resident artists, seasonal island artists, regional artists and some from further away.”

Dulse is a sea vegetable, rich in minerals and vitamins, that is a popular snack food and as a flavor enhancer. It is picked from the rocks at low tide and is usually eaten raw, after being cleaned and dried on nets that are spread across beds of chipped rocks. Roland’s Dulse Grounds are located at 174 Hill Road in Grand Manan.

Please Do Not Drive: Mixed Media on Wood Panel 12" x 12"

Please Do Not Drive: Mixed Media on Wood Panel 12″ x 12″

Mackerel: Mixed Media on Wood Panel 12" x 12"

Mackerel: Mixed Media on Wood Panel 12″ x 12″

Why Sheep?

Sheep 3

Sheep 3 Pen and Ink 6″ x 4″

My exhibition of new work, Flock, ended this week. I’m very grateful for all the support and encouragement I’ve received and for the effort that people made to attend. I’ve had many questions about why I chose them as the subject for a show. They seemed a natural for me. 

My affection for them is deeply embedded.   I was introduced to sheep through nursery rhymes, songs and bedtime stories. They have been associated with people for more than 10,000 years, since they were first domesticated and have been depicted throughout history in paintings, drawings and sculpture. The most memorable for me are Henry Moore’s charming line drawings of the sheep outside his studio at Much Hadham, in East Hertforshire.

I’m not sure if their similarity to clouds inspired me to consider painting them instead of my usual  landscapes. It’s likely, because in my search for places that are shaped by weather, I have often found them patiently munching while enduring extreme climatic conditions. 

Snow 18 x 24

Snow 18 x 24

If they aren’t sheltering from snow, rain, fog and wind, they are huddled into shady spots to escape the burning sun or searching parched riverbeds for water. 

I made my first painting of sheep more than 20 years ago and have returned to the subject many times.

This collection was completed between November 2012 and March 2014 in my Hamilton studio.   I painted the first few to accustom myself to a new work space after moving to the city in 2012. Their texture and forms are so well suited to interpretation in oil pastel that I just carried on until I was surrounded by my own gentle flock. 

Solo Exhibition, DVSA Gallery

Gathering Flock     36  x  48

Gathering Flock 36 x 48″

Bonavista     12 x 24

Bonavista 12 x 24″

I’m very excited about my solo exhibition of new work, FLOCK, at the Gallery in the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA), 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas Ontario. The exhibition will be installed on May 3 and runs until May 24. 

The Opening Reception is on Saturday May 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Please join me!

The Gallery is open from 9 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.  It is not open on Sunday. Phone 905-628-6357. 

DVSA is an independent, not-for-profit art school that has made an enormous contribution to the visual arts in the Hamilton area for more than 40 years.






New work at Art Etc. Gallery, Burlington

The Art Etc. Gallery in the Burlington Art Centre, has added six of my new Oil Pastel landscape paintings to their collection of works  for sale or rent. Located at right on Lake Ontario, at 1333 Lakeshore Road in Burlington, ON, the shop features original works by established and emerging artists.

Inc. Squared 2014

My 12”x12” mixed media drawing on a wood panel was part of Hamilton Artist’s Inc. annual fundraising show, Squared

Please Do Not Drive...12"x12" Mixed Media

Please Do Not Drive…12″x12″ Mixed Media

A Rocha – reviewed

I’m pleased to be quoted and to see a photo of my work included in a review in the Hamilton Spectator by Regina Haggo.  Down to earth artists explore ecology theme focuses on the exhibition at the Carnegie Gallery in Dundas Ontario. It continues until March 30, 2014.

Merging Art and Ecology

On the Rock: Merging Art and Ecology opens Friday March  7:00 pm. at the Carnegie Gallery 10 King Street West, Dundas Ontario. It runs until March 30. 

Each artist’s contribution was inspired by the landscape at Cedar Haven Farm, north of Hamilton. The exhibition is a project of the Hamilton Chapter of A Rocha, an international organization dedicated to environmental stewardship. Across Canada its volunteers act locally to carry out community based conservation work. On-the-Rock-Invitation

A Rocha: dedicated to environmental stewardship

Three of my paintings in Oil Pastel are included in the show On The Rock – Merging Art and Ecology, at the Carnegie Gallery, in Dundas, from March 7 to 30 2014.

Path and Apple Tree 18" x 24" Oil Pastel on Wood Panel

Path and Apple Tree 18″ x 24″ Oil Pastel on Wood Panel

The gallery is located at 10 King Street West, Dundas, Ontario. The opening is Friday March 7, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Tree and Saplings 18″ x 24″

This exhibition is a project sponsored by the local chapter of A Rocha  an international organization dedicated to environmental stewardship. Ten artists were invited to respond to the landscape at Cedar Haven Farm near Freelton Ontario, where A Rocha volunteers have been very active.  These images are based on the landscape at that farm. 

Fence and Barn 18″ x 24″

Exploring oil pastel with the Markham Group of Artists

Thanks very much to Maureen Thompson of the Markham Group of Artists who invited me to lead a full-day beginner workshop on how to use oil pastels.

It can be challenging to work in a new medium, but as one participant observed it is also liberating because it is easier and more fun to take risks when you’re a learner. We began by preparing masonite panels with Golden Acrylic Ground for Pastels.  While they were drying, everyone practiced applying and blending colour as well as mark-making on test sheets of tinted paper coated with pastel ground, before turning their attention to their chosen landscape images for the rest of the day.

Most of us recall working with crayons or coloured pencils as children, an experience that gives artists their starting point.  Colours can be stroked gently into the surface and feathered together to create new transparent blends, almost like tweed, or they can be scrubbed firmly into the surface to create dense opaque shapes – and everything in between. Everyone finds their own unique way to apply colour.  

 As part of today’s process we also looked at the work of two very different artists: Canada’s  A.J Casson whose paintings are notable for a strong sense of design that he used to tame complex landscapes. Later, we looked at a number of exquisite works by the American artist  Wolf Kahn, whose brilliant colour and calligraphic approach to landscape suggest a completely different way to tackle the challenge. 

And here are the results of today’s labour:

Markham Group of Artists Pastel paintings

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