Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Culture Days, FAB & Doors Open in Burlington, Ontario, Canada

Sept 26th to the 28th, 2014. 
It's going to be a BUSY weekend ... 

Starting at noon on Friday, the 26th ...
Culture Days will be blasting off at Burlington Civic Square at City Hall. 
Calendar of events pdf, link here.

***My newly released 'Summer Haze' CD will 
be available via the Gift Shop at the Art Gallery of Burlington.***

On Friday, I will be at the Filmmakers Alliance of Burlington (FAB) table from 5:30-7:30pm. 
Drop by, say hi, & learn more about this newly-formed industry-networking FAB-ulous group. 
Opening Ceremonies by the Mayor will occur around 7-ish. 
Lots of live music, live acts, demos & samplers.

On Saturday, as part of  Doors Open Burlington

I will be at The Different Drummer Bookshop from 10am -12:30pm
participating in a 'meet & greet' for my short story contribution to a new book title - 
ENGRAVED: Canadian Short Stories of World War One
(edited by Bernadette Rule, published by Seraphim Books of Woodstock)

(If you can't make this author's signing, you can always pick up this title here.)

That afternoon, I'll be flying over to the Burlington Central Public Library  to be part of a screening and panel discussion  about film & video making in Burlington, by Burlingtonians:  'My Life as a Filmmaker/Video Artist ... '

As a dabbler in documentary filmmaking, one of my short videos (4min) will be shown. 
Mostly I produce, direct and shoot these items as compliments 
to larger articles published in Golden Horseshoe area news blogs.

Drop into any event. All are FREE.
Create, Participate & Celebrate!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

MLH Art Board prep ...

In answer to those who have asked: no, I don't paint on canvas, generally. Rather, I prefer the stability and texture of painting on mahogany or oak G2S 3/4" plywood. Painting on the undulating grain patterns connects me to my furniture and wood-working roots. It's an Earth 'tree' thing, that makes sense to me, and I really like how the wood grain pattern glimmers through when the painting is done.

I'll spend several hours selecting out the stock from the local lumber yard and then they will trim it down to my specifications.

Later, in prep, I sand the boards with coarse grain paper, do a prime top coat to see where and how the grain 'bleeds', sand it down again with fine grain paper, apply another prime coat, sand again, and then get on with it ... PAINT.

Serious Fun.

Friday, August 1, 2014

The Sun Rises over Lake Ontario

Without a doubt one of the never-ending delights of living on one of the Great Lakes of North America is the perpetual daily interaction with a 'straight line' horizon. I've been shooting, painting and interpreting this phenomenon for several decades now. 

Every day, every sunrise, is different. It is a constant reminder of not only the often startling Beauty of the Natural world, but the Majesty. 

The fiery orb of the Sun not only illuminates our world, but heats it. Through photosynthesis, most life, as we know it, survives and thrives. From a distance of 150 million km or 93 million miles away, sun light travels to our home planet, Earth , in a breath-taking 8 minutes and 19 seconds ... 93 MILLION miles in 8:19 minutes .... Wow.

It's relative size is deceptive to the naked eye. If, for example, the Sun was a door, the Earth would be the size of a nickel.

'Awestruck' - oil on board, by m.l.holton (2007)
I remain in awe.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Infinite Daydreams: Reflections on the Sublime Imaginary - Art Gallery of Burlington

 Delighted to be included in this Group show 
at the Art Gallery of Burlington.
My interpretation of the sublime ... 
a gentle sunrise on the lake  ...  Lake Ontario, Burlington

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Exhibit 15: Art in the Workplace - Hamilton

Thrilled to hear that I've been chosen again for the group show at McMaster Innovation Place.
Opens August and runs until November.

Delivered the works for hanging yesterday, July 10th, and was gratified to both hear and see the delight from those people receiving the items. These very small moments affirm what I do daily. It is gratifying to see that they were visibly moved by what they saw - it pleased them - made them happy for just that milli-second. And that pleased me.

Joy is an underestimated human emotion that radiates throughout our being.
It fills us with the sanctity, wonder and awe of Life.
What more could we possibly want? - - - Come See!

Grand Opening Gala - Thursday, AUGUST 7th, 2014 
at the Atrium in McMaster Innovation Place 
175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton. MAP/Directions.


Artist Statement

".. Sometimes you just can't take yourself too seriously ... The following selection is from a recent series called, 'Regression' ... Playful patterns emerge from careful placement of dollar store decals and cheesy rhinestones. Serious Fun. Google Margaret Lindsay Holton to learn more about this award-winning, mid-career, Golden Horseshoe artist, or contact the artist directly, at 'mlhpro' at 'hotmail' dot 'com'. "

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

New Paintings, Spring 2014

The first was inspired by a painting I saw done by local artist, Claudette Losier, (she's a great painter!) Trying a new technique, of 'rollers', I did several 'grounds' then painted over ... Lotsa fun!

Frozen Lake by m.l.holton
 The second was a return to 'my way' with brushes and metallic gold/silver pens ... This photo repro doesn't quite do it justice, but it will give you all the sense of where I'm going with this ...  Entitled: 'Dreamtime'

'Dreamtime' by m.l.holton

If interested in purchase, contact me for size, price and availability. (Both of these are LARGE canvases.) The first one is framed in a silver wood frame, the second is going for framing and I haven't decided yet if it will be 'black' or 'silver' ....

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Let's Go Fly a Kite!

I'm totally besotted. Went last weekend to the local Kite Festival and spent four hours enchanted by the mechanics of 'flight'. Aside from that, there is sheer pleasure in just holding a string and playing with the wind - and watching wonderfully colourful, often exotic, kites soar upward. Pure Deight.  Photo essay ensues ...

Initially, there was a lot of 'trial and error' ... 
Mothers & Fathers worked tirelessly 
to get their children's kites' air-borne ....

The satisfaction of staying aloft was an unbeatable feeling ...

Wonderful whimsical Full-On-Spring day. Blissful. 
Published too now on Raise the Hammer, with some helpful links.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

DVSA - 44th Annual Auction, April 12th, 7pm

44th Annual Art Auction

Dundas Valley School of Art

Saturday, April 12, 2014 -  7 pm

Presenting over 1200 original works of art from established and new artists. 
 Oils, Pastels, Watercolours, Sculpture, Pottery, Jewellery.

Free Previews:
Thursday April 10 & Friday April 11, 9am – 9pm
Saturday, April 12, 9 am – 4 pm

Silent Auction bids accepted during these hours
Auction Admission - $25 in advance
$30 at the door

21 Ogilvie Street, Dundas, Ontario


** I'm in with a photo-collage this year:  'Silk & Satin' - - Find it! :)  **
Update: The Hamilton Spectator story