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Effects of Weather

My 2017 Solo Exhibition, Effects of Weather, opens on Thursday, May 4 at Earls Court Gallery, 215 Ottawa Street N. Hamilton, Ontario. There will be wine and cheese from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Please come! There is parking on the street, or in the municipal parking lot just behind Ottawa Street.

If you can’t make it for Thursday’s wine and cheese, come to Ottawa street for lunch and a gallery visit on May 5 instead. That’s the day that there will be 27 food trucks parked EVERYWHERE on Ottawa Street, cooking up a storm for the Sew Hungry rally. Yum. I’ll be there too.  The work remains in the gallery until June 8.

Earls Court  Gallery is open Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. | 905-527-6685 | robert.daniels@sympatico.ca | @earlscourt215

Atlantic Breakers 36″ x 48″

DVSA fundraiser

Coat of Many Colours by Aleda O’Connor, 18″ x 24″ Oil Pastel

Coat of Many Colours will be on the block April 8 in the live auction of paintings at the annual art auction at the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA). The school, a non-profit registered charity, raises a significant part its program funding through the sale and auction of donated work. You can preview the hundreds of paintings, drawings, sculpture and ceramic works between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. April 6 and 7, then from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 8. The sale begins Saturday, April 8, at 8 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $40 at the door, $35 in advance at the school or https://dvsa.ca/events. DVSA is at 21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas Ontario. And here’s just a little more about the flock this particular sheep belongs to from CBC’s news program,  The National.

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.