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″
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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.

Modest proposals

Whale Cove Seawall Enhancement Proposal Mixed Media 12" x 12"
Whale Cove Seawall Enhancement Proposal
Mixed Media 12″ x 12″
Dark HarbourSeawall Enhancement Proposal Mixed Media 12" x 12"
Dark Harbour Seawall Enhancement Proposal
Mixed Media 12″ x 12″

My two mixed media drawings, Dark Harbour Seawall Enhancement Proposal, and Whale Cove Seawall Enhancement Proposal are part of this year’s Annual Square Foot Show in New Brunwsick’s Grand Manan Art Gallery. I’ve been playing with ideas about what else could be built with the materials used to build piers and fishing weirs on the island, inspired by the driftwood sculpture constructions by Lars Vilks that are found on the shores of the proud, free micronation of Ladonia. I’m a citizen of Ladonia of course, and would certainly apply for citizenship of Grand Manan, were it possible to do so. In the meantime, I can only offer my collection of modest proposals. The Square Foot Show continues until July 14, 2016.

Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction

Supposing the wreckage of the Fishfluke Light, that used to mark the entrance to Grand Harbour in Grand Manan NB, were to be gathered up and reconstructed? And, what if the abandoned and disintegrating wooden lobster pounds was recycled to build a swing bridge crossing to Ross Island at the end of Thoroughfare Road? To move, the bridge would need some sort of mechanism besides the tide of course.

Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction, 18" x 24" Mixed Media on Panel, by Aleda O'Connor
Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction, Mixed Media 18″ x 24″

There may be others, but the only wooden winch that I’ve ever seen  is kept  in a smoke shed at Seal Cove, where the late Michael Zimmer preserved many historic artifacts of the Atlantic smoked-herring fishery in his Sardine Museum and Herring Hall of Fame. My drawing of it, Winch Herring Shed, is in the permanent collection at the Grand Manan Art Gallery and Proposal for Thoroughfare Crossing and Fishfluke Light Reconstruction is in the Island Art Show there from August 8 to 27 2015.

Winch, Herring Shed,  Pen and Ink on Toned Paper, 10" x 12" by Aleda O'Connor
Winch, Herring Shed, Pen and Ink on Toned Paper, 10″ x 12″

 

Grand Manan’s Dark Harbour and the Nimis of Ladonia

Dark Harbour Span Concept Looking South, Mixed Media  12" x 12" by Aleda O'Connor
Dark Harbour Span Concept Looking South, Mixed Media 12″ x 12″ SOLD
Dark Harbour Span Concept looking North, Mixed Media 12"x12", by Aleda O'Connor
Dark Harbour Span Concept looking North, Mixed Media 12″x12″ SOLD

 

My two small mixed media drawings “Dark Harbour Span Concept Looking North”, and “Dark Harbour Span Concept Looking South” are part of this year’s Square Foot Show at the Grand Manan Art Gallery in New Brunswick. My drawings were inspired by the amazing and mysterious tower at the mouth of the outlet to Grand Manan‘s Dark Harbour, the abundant driftwood on its shores and the wonderful driftwood sculptures (Nimis) built by Lars Vilks in the nature reserve Kullaberg, in the northwest corner of county Skåne, in Sweden, in the (similar-to-Grand Manan) micronation of Ladonia. The show continues until July 16, 2015. @Queen_Ladonia, @LadoniaHerald @Ladonia_Info @SeeNewBrunswick

At The Table, at DVSA, until June 12

Oil Pastel on Wood Panel 18″ x 24″

I’m pleased that one of my paintings in oil pastel, ”Cezanne’s Jug,” is included in an exhibition of drawings, paintings, and pottery vessels  now at the Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) Gallery. 

Each of the artists represented has contributed one piece to “At The Table, ” a satisfying and varied exhibition, that explores the Still Life and its subjects.

The participants are: Scott Barnim, Rae Bates, Helen Beswick, Wayne Cardinalli, Barry Coombs, Christie Gruppe, Rae Hendershot, Monica Hess, Jody Joseph, Louise McCann, Katherine MacDonald, T.R, MacDonald, John Miecznikowski, Terry Osborne, Colleen O’Reilly, Marla Panko, Janet Parker, Patricia Peacock-Evans, Timothy Smith, Anne Sneath, Holly Sneath, Rosemary Van Bruggen, Ann Walsh and me! I’m proud to be included with this group of artists.

The gallery is located in DVSA at 21 Ogilvie Street in Dundas Ontario, and the show continues until June 12.

Spring intake, Art Etc. Shop Burlington

Snow    18 x 24
Snow 18 x 24

Some of my sheep paintings have moved into the Art Etc. Shop at the Art Gallery of Burlington, as part of the 2015 collection of works available to buy or rent. I’m very grateful for the enthusiastic support and promotion I’ve received over the last few years from Rhonda Bullock, Sales and Rental Coordinator and Nancy Helmers, Shop Manager. As a result of their efforts, many of my paintings have made regular appearances on sets for such programs as Rookie Blue a Canadian police drama television series starring Missy Peregrym and Gregory Smith and Saving Hope a Canadian television medical drama starring Erica Durance and Michael Shanks. I’m chuffed.

Potluck Postscripts

 

Recently, as a fundraiser, the volunteers for the Art Etc. Shop in the Burlington Art Gallery gathered their favourite potluck recipes into a cookbook illustrated on every page with images of works by artists represented in the shop. Proceeds go towards promoting and supporting the Art Gallery of Burlington and its artists.

Three of my oil pastel paintings and four watercolours by Barry Coombs, my partner, are included. Yay. And I love the recipes.

 

#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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