#Hamilton2Views

Mulberry Red by Aleda O'Connor

#Hamilton2Views a two-person show with Barry Coombs, continues until November 14, at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton. The gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday. 

After focusing mostly on rural and maritime landscape for more than a decade, the shapes and colours of Hamilton’s cityscape are a change of direction for me.

These paintings are all Oil Pastels on panel. My approach is similar to drawing, using every imaginable mark-making technique, from layering and cross hatching, to blending and scratching with tools, my fingers and paint mediums.

Since we moved to Hamilton in May 2012 I have been documenting the city and its inventory of wonderful residential, commercial and industrial locations. But it wasn’t until Barry Coombs began documenting the urban landscape in the city that I fully embraced this project.

The idea of a conversation between two artists’ vision of the same subject, sometimes the very same places, added particular piquance to the idea.

 After focusing mostly on rural and maritime landscape for more than a decade, the shapes and colours of Hamilton’s cityscape are a change of direction for me.

 All of my work in #Hamilton2Views is done in Oil Pastel on wood panel. My approach is similar to drawing, using every imaginable mark-making technique, from layering and cross hatching, to blending and scratching with tools, my fingers and paint mediums.

I was introduced to the New York Ash Can school of painters when I was still in art school, and always admired Edward Hopper.  I didn’t discover the wonderful pastels by Wolf Kahn until I had begun using pastels myself. His landscapes and use of colour made a permanent impression. For many years I have also referenced the compositions, structure and brushwork in paintings by Henri Matisse and Richard Diebenkorn.

 

Opening Thursday October 9: #Hamilton2Views

Please join us at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street North, Hamilton.

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#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

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