Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Launch of The Frozen Goose - Part 1

As some of you know, I've been involved with filmmaking over the past few decades ...
I am delighted to announce a new project, The Frozen Goose. Releasing in the Fall of 2016.
Please 'like' and 'follow' our production over on Facebook.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Exhibit 18 - 'Art in the Workplace', McMaster Innovation Park, Hamilton

'Dory', acrylic on canvas - by mlholton - 2015
'Art in the Workplace
 Exhibition Opening 
Date: Thursday, August 6th, Time: 7-9 pm. 
Place: McMaster Innovation Park, Atrium
Live music, free horsey d-overs, 
cash bar - and of course, LOTS of fabulous art!* 
Don't Miss It!

'SAIL PAST' by mlholton -  2015
* Note. The painting that I will have in this above show is 'Woodland Deer'. I've posted that around the 'web' a couple of times, so rather then 'repeat', I'm posting two newer works. If interested in either, please contact the artist for sizes & prices. nb: 'Dory' has NOT been stretched or framed yet.

McMaster Innovation Park

Address: 175 Longwood Road South, Hamilton, ON

Monday, July 6, 2015

Winona Escarpment View

Winona Escarpment View by mlholton - Acrylic on Canvas 

This is, in fact, a painting from last year, but I wasn't happy with it ...
So, after working up the sky (again), and foreground (again), I think I've finally got it!
Contact artist for purchase details - ie. size, frame (silver) and price.
It's signed '2014'.

Monday, June 22, 2015

MLH & Garageband

... It happens. Sometimes I come across an app that's just so much fun to fiddle with, there's no going back. Below is a sample of my goofing around with Garageband. And I've only been doing this for two weeks! Sky's the limit. :) Don't be too critical of the visuals, I just dropped in some footage from my mobile device to carry this little tune by 'mlh'. Fun stuff! 

(Just to keep things in perspective, here is a fantastic interview with the late great James Horner, (who died recently in a plane crash.) He clearly identifies the difference between film scores that have memorable "melodic GIFTS" to those driven by sheer rhythmic & formulaic "propulsion". Insightful ~ and sensible: )

Sunday, June 14, 2015


The 'Worlds Smallest Film Festival' challenge was to shoot an ultra short film ( less then 3 minutes) using a smart-phone or tablet. My ultra short 'stop motion' film, (52 seconds) was shot on an iPod in the spring of 2015. - The 'theme challenge' this year was WATER. So, guess what I did??

WATCH & 'LIKE' - my light-hearted mini film - 

Sugaring Off -Video Still  by M.L.Holton

NIFF FESTIVAL DATES: : June 18-21, 2015
Expect a unique culinary & film adventure with exquisite food, phenomenal films, and stellar wines all in the heart of Niagara. The Niagara Integrated Film Festival (NIFF) is an unforgettable adventure in great food and phenomenal film taking place at all the top wineries in breathtaking Niagara Region.

Consider one of the four event 'packages': -

GALA - Experience a Hollywood premiere-style affair. The Opening Night Gala will take place at Peller Estates with a seasonally designed plated dinner and delightfully paired wines to kick off your NIFF experience. Fri-Sun night Galas will take place at Jackson-Triggs Winery with spectacular chef-attended food stations spanning the property. We'll have red carpets and talent to introduce the films and provide an interactive audience Q&A. Finish the night off at the complimentary after-party with a glass of wine!

FILMALICIOUS - It's dinner and a movie at its finest! Hosted at some of the most splendid wineries across Niagara-on-the-Lake and Twenty Valley, during this sensory experience guests will enjoy a sumptuous dinner paired with award-winning Niagara wines selected specially by the winemaker.

FILM FEAST - Film Feast shines the spotlight on the very best of food, film, and wine -- all combined to create a unique afternoon in the vineyards. Leave the tour behind and take a guided bus tour to some of Niagara's remarkable wineries. At each winery, guests sample a flight of vintages accompanied by exquisitely prepared hors d'oeuvres. What makes Film Feast unlike anything else is that at each winery you will enjoy the amazing short films selected from Canada's Not Short on Talent, a program imported express from the Cannes Film Festival.

SPOTLIGHT SERIES - Spotlight Series takes place at the Pen Centre in St Catharines and at the historic Seneca Queen Theatre in downtown Niagara Falls. The Spotlight Series Weekend Pass is your best bet to see as many films as you can from Thursday to Sunday for one low price!


Learn more about NIFF: 
Bill Marshall (Founder & Chair Emeritus of TIFF) & Sar Ruda (Producer at Corsair Entertainment Corp) head up the Founders & Board of Directors -

Individual Tickets - Schedule of Galas & Special Events -

Line up of the Main Festival 2015 FILMS - 

Saturday, May 30, 2015

OFFA-Oakville Festivals of Film & Art: June 26-28th

   June 26th -28th



And, JOIN US at the GALA - Saturday, June 27 at 8pm

Photo Art Fête is an exclusive celebration for VIP OFFA supporters to meet, hear, and celebrate the works of curated local and international photographers. This portion of OFFA 2015 is what sets us apart from any other film festival in the region. But more importantly it follows OFFA’s mission to “Breath new life into the Oakville Community.”

Photo Art Fête begins Saturday June 27th at 8pm with drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The night continues with live art, live music and live performances throughout before a riveting discussion with a few of the 16 featured artists - including yours truly :)  I will speak about my evolving photo-collages, and about a new MLH film project in the works .... 

Finally, the first ever Oakville Festivals of Film & Art’s People Choice Award: Best Photograph will be presented preceding a great night of socializing and fêting. The event will be hosted by SavvyArt Market, one of Oakville’s leading art distributors.

If you are on Instagram, you can vote, if you like, (and I would appreciate it if you did!) for either one of my two favourite photos collages in the exhibit: 'Wolf Eye' - here, or  'Apple Sleeping' here

PHOTO ART Fête 2015 will take place at Aroma Espresso Cafe in Downtown Oakville,
 at 321 Lakeshore Road E, (Lakeshore and Reynolds, one East of Trafalgar.) and remain 'up' throughout the month of June.

Join the Photo Art Fête! 
See you there! - 8pm, Saturday, June 27th.

Update: A great occasion - albeit the weather was TERRIBLE. Kudos to all who braved the elements! 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New Paintings: Spring 2015

Tulips in the Garden - Acrylic on canvas by M.L.Holton
 A loooong winter has passed, and a delightful, 
albeit flitting, spring is upon us. Summer beckons ...

Zoom into Summer - Acrylic on board by M.L.Holton
I'm shifting into a 'Canadada' kind of mood ... 
For sizes and pricing, please contact the artist.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Re-post: The Scenic Journey of Edgar Payne (1883-1947)

InCollect has done a great profile of Edgar Payne, the man and his works, aptly entitled, 'The Scenic Journey' (2013). When I discovered it, I loved it. So, I'm reposting that direct LINK .

I mean, really, LOOK at THIS. ....  It's bleedin' FANTASTIC!