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' ....

Friday, June 6, 2014

William Blair Bruce Retrospective at AGH

Into The Light: The Paintings of William Blair Bruce (1859-1906) On view until October 5, 2014
Curated by Tobi Bruce, Senior Curator, Canadian Historical Art

On Sunday June 28, 1914, the Art Gallery of Hamilton opened its doors for the very first time to great fanfare and expectation: the featured artist was William Blair Bruce. Born and raised in Hamilton, Bruce had died prematurely in 1906, in Stockholm, at the age of 47. His widow, the Swedish artist Caroline Benedicks, his father, William Bruce Senior and his sister Bell Bruce together offered the City of Hamilton a collection of significant paintings by Bruce with the proviso that an art gallery be established. And so was born the AGH. On the occasion of our centennial, we pay tribute to this founding donation, and this significant Canadian painter through the mounting of a major exhibition of his work.

OPENING: Sunday June 8th, 3-5pm
... The following two paintings were done last year
in tribute to W.W.Bruce's iconic 'Phantom Hunter' of above ...

In truth, neither are great ... but, in this particular instance, it was the meditative 'journey' that counted ... 
William Blair Bruce's painting (top), is a marvelous one to 'riff on'.  
Don't miss the W.B.B. exhibit at the Art Gallery of Hamilton, on til October 2015. 

p.s. Little sidebar story: When I first started out in the book publishing business decades ago, I 'apprenticed' with T.H.Best Book Binding & Printing (now defunct). One of my first titles to 'produce' from a supplied manuscript by noted Canadian art historian, Joan Murray, was a riveting black & white illustrated biography of the 'little known' William Blair Bruce ...  I'm rather proud of that book 'product' ... The gold-foil W.B.B. stamp on the red linen front cover was my 'break-out' design idea ... :)  Seriously, that was a 'risky' design concept, back then.

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


Friday, April 4, 2014

Regression: In Four Parts - (Mixed Media)

Regression: Part 1 - Time & Tide - Mixed Media

Regression: Part 2 - Whirlwind

Regression: Part 3 - Spiderboy

Regression: Part 4 - Circle of Pooh 

Fun one. Mixed media and YES, those are dollar store stickers & stick-on rhinestones
 mounted on painted canvas ... framed ... 
Sometimes you've just gotta PLAY & stop taking yourself so SERIOUSLY.  seriously. 

Alternate naming for this grouping could be 'Cabin Fever'
... it's been an exceptionally LONG winter. 

I haven't decide to sell the originals of these at present. 
But might make high-quality prints available when they come back from the framer.

Interested? Let me know. 
(Would be GREAT for a kids room ... or an 'innovative office' enviro ... )