I’m so happy to announce that as a result of the 2022 Art Gallery of Hamilton (AGH) Art Sale, I have sold 6 paintings! Much appreciation to my collectors! Here’s a peek at the pieces that are no longer available:
I am beyond thrilled to announce that the remaining available pieces from my Industrial Captivation collection can now be purchased through the Art Gallery of Hamilton! It means everything that the industrial scenes regularly seen here in Hamilton are being represented and sold here in Hamilton, where these is much appreciation for our industrial landscape. Here’s the link to all the images and information:
It seems April is THE month for online auctions! With the pandemic still raging, fundraising by means of art auctions has been relegated to virtual online auctions… and what a better way to Spring-vigorate your space and help out a worthy cause! It’s also an excellent opportunity to get a great deal on an Amy Ferrari Art original since the reserve prices are set well below usual retail prices!
I am participating 3 separate online auctions, so I wanted to sort it all out for you, since it can get confusing. Below, I have information on all 3 auctions, the links to registration information, and images of the paintings I’m offering.
50th Annual Art Auction (Take 2)
Dundas Valley School of Art (DVSA) April 12 – April 17
With over 1200 pieces of art up for sale, I am overjoyed that one of those 1200+ was painted by ME!
Welcome Inn Community Centre Food Bank April 14 – April 19
A Message from the Executive Director:
Art Feeds is our online auction for the Welcome Inn Community Centre. Some of the artists have chosen to donate some or all of their work. The others will be receiving a portion of the amount paid for each piece.
Join us in supporting local artists AND our local food bank!
Welcome Inn Community Centre has been serving the North End of Hamilton since 1966. We provide community programs for children & youth, seniors, families, and operate the New Horizon’s Thrift Store.
I am thrilled to have five paintings up for sale in the Art Feeds Auction. All four of my current vegetable paintings and a single tree painting too!
This sale is presenting artworks by over 60 regional artists. Every dollar spent supports local artists, public programming, and community education at the AGH. Register today for the Collectors Online Preview!
I am honored to have all six of the paintings I submitted accepted into this show and sale! All six pieces showcase industrial scenes found in the industrial sectors of Hamilton.
Well, it is weird. I have never really enjoyed eating vegetables, and now, I am dedicating a whole collection of canvases to them! It has always been a losing battle to get myself to eat properly, thus, I have mostly ignored the whole matter of health and nutrition. Predictably, this pattern of eating caught up with me, and as a result. I have been an obesity statistic for far too long.
Finally, I made the decision to turn things around before Diabetes or even worse conditions could take hold. I started making small improvements and dedicated myself to researching the healthiest possible diet. Happily, I have now adopted a plant-based way of eating, and though it is still a struggle, it is becoming easier every day.
One of the easiest facets to love about the plant-based lifestyle is the beauty to be beheld in the plethora of fruits and vegetables. I may or may not want to eat them, but they certainly cast a captivating spell as I butcher them for my evening meal. I decided that the fleeting beauty of the vegetables as experienced in the process of food preparation was something I wanted to preserve and celebrate in my paintings. So far, I have completed four paintings, and now, I simply want to share!
Acrylic on Canvas, 2020 30 x 30 $900.00
Cauliflower: My gateway to healthier eating. This vegetable is easy to like when steamed, pureed, and combined with mashed potatoes!
Acrylic on Canvas, 2020 36 x 36 $950.00
Cutting into a head of red cabbage reveals such a visual treat! This painting celebrates this unique labyrinth tinged with healthy phytonutrient pigments.
Call of the Kaleidoscopic Carrot Medallion
Acrylic on Canvas, 2020 18 x 18 $450.00
This painting is inspired by the beauty of the humble slice of carrot, one of the few vegetables I have always been able to eat without too much fuss.
Acrylic on Canvas, 2020 30 x 24 $800.00
A playful look at the swirling refuse end of a celery bunch. I never have been able to tolerate eating celery unless it is pulverized and disintegrated into a soup!
Thankfully, I am now a much healthier version of myself! My journey to better health continues, and I look forward to becoming even more at ease with incorporating vegetables into my meals. If you are interested in learning more about the plant-based way of eating, you can check out these very illuminating resources! You can also see countless videos featuring these good doctors on YouTube.
Dr. Michael Gregor Books: How Not to Die, How Not to Diet, How to Survive a Pandemic Website: NutritionFacts.org, drgregor.org
Dr. William Bulsiewicz Book: Fiber Fueled Website: theplantfedgut.com
Dr. Alan Goldhammer Book: The Pleasure Trap Websites: learntruehealth.com, healthpromoting.com
Dr. Garth Davis Book: Proteinaholic Website: Proteinaholic.com
Dr. John A McDougall Books: The Starch Solution, etc. Website: drmcdougall.com
Dr. Michael Klaper Website: doctorklaper.com
Dr. Neal Barnard Books: Your Body in Balance, The Cheese Trap, Reversing Diabetes, etc. Website: pcrm.org
Dr. T. Colin Campbell Books: The China Study, The Low Carb Fraud, Whole: Rethinking the Science of Nutrition Website: nutritionstudies.org
Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn Books: Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Website: dresselstyn.com
Dr. Dean Ornish Books: Undo It!: How Simple Lifestyle Changes Can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases, etc. Website: deanornish.com
Dr. Joel Khan Book: The Plant Based Solution Website: drjoelkahn.com
Covid certainly puts a damper on selling art this year, but nevertheless, I’d like to offer a sale on a selection of paintings that are in need of forever homes!
If you agree to schedule a time to come to Hamilton (Ontario) to pick up the painting (I’ll bring it out to your car!) and if you agree to pay via Interac E-Transfer, I am happy to offer a selection of paintings at some amazingly reduced prices! These touchless provisions will keep you safe and keep me safe too! Due to wanting to take an abundance of caution, I won’t be opening my home to visitors, so for now, virtual browsing will have to do!
All selected paintings are priced at or below $500.00!!! This is a limited time offer; all prices will go back up and return to the original prices in 2021.
Scroll down to see all the selected paintings and painting information!
E-mail me at AmyFcar@aol.com if you’re interested in arranging a purchase or if you have questions!
Purple Lyric 1 2018 18 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $350) Purple Lyric Package Deal: All 3 for $500
Purple Lyric 2 2018 18 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $350) Purple Lyric Package Deal: All 3 for $500
Purple Lyric 3 2018 16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas $175 (was $300) Purple Lyric Package Deal: All 3 for $500
Tree at Lake Ontario 2019 20 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $350)
Ellie’s Tree 2017 18 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas SOLD!!!
Spirit Tree Dawning 2017 20 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas SOLD!!!
Cy-Pressing a Wave 2013 24 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas $350 (was $550)
Grow House Groove On 2014 36 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas $450 (was $700)
Lazy Hazy Saunter Sunday 2016 16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $400)
Post Pourdown Puddle Party 2016 10 x 10 Acrylic on Canvas $50 (was $100)
Mustering Mojo for a Monday 2018 12 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $350)
Renaissansical Generation Jam 2016 24 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas $400 (was $750)
Thoughts From The Commencement Chamber 2009 30 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas $500 (was $800)
Happy Huddle 2016 8 x 10 Acrylic on Panel $150 (was $225)
Above and Beyond 2016 20 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $400)
Tribal Tranquility 2012 16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas $100 (was $200)
Flatlander Fabric Flow 2016 20 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas $200 (was $360)
Angel Attitude 2015 18 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $150)
Happy Butt 2013 18 x 18 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $150)
Joe Cat 2011 28 x 22 Acrylic on Canvas $300 (was $350)
Grokster 2011 18 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas $300 (was $400)
Gilamon 2011 24 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas $250 (was $300)
Zaaagwood 2011 12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $150)
Slimon 2011 30 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas $250 (was $300)
Genetic Experiment 2011 16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $95)
Brinkmon 2011 12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $95)
Watching It Go By 2011 12 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $95)
Moogie 2011 16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas $75 (was $150)
I’m so happy to have delivered and installed “Mantis Making Way”, which was commissioned by Mantis of Burlington, ON. This painting celebrates a new addition with a total renovation of the Mantis manufacturing and warehouse facility. To me, the painting is a kind of portrait that also celebrates a new beginning and bright future.
While all the elements have been abstracted at least to some degree, I intentionally restrained the abstraction on the building elements, as it seemed important to keep this celebrated building somewhat intact. I wanted to be sure to include the whole building, which is why I chose this specific vantage point. Also, I eliminated the trees located in front of the building, as they greatly obscured its view. Thus, the green elements and the sky elements had more permission to disregard reality, and to become more expressive of growth and energy.
More than once, I remember seeing Wally, the president of Mantis, riding on the lawn mower, keeping the grounds looking trim and proper. So just to tease, because Wally enjoyed a bit of teasing, I made sure the grass was a little bit too wild, and in that way memorializes that he is and always will be missed since his passing in January of 2020.
I was so happy when the new president, Michele, informed me of the new landscaping, because to me, the new landscaping offers elements that represent how she has stepped up to continue the leadership of growing the company. So, the shrubbery, represented here as the young plants they are, are intended to be a series of individual sculptures celebrating individuality that are learning and growing together.
At least in my mind, this piece has an underlying nautical theme, mostly to honor Wally’s love of venturing out on his big boat. So, the sky had to culminate in the deepest infinite blues. And the building often reminded me of the bow of a great ship, with the bright red swath lining the deck, which is why I decided to use a vantage point that is slightly lower than eye-level.
In nautical terms, ‘making way’ means ‘being propelled through the water and controlled by the helm’. I like that term because I am so impressed with how Mantis continues despite many unexpected challenges brought on by the year 2020. A similar term is ‘underway’, but ‘making way’ seems to be more about proceeding along a controlled path, which seemed appropriate. ‘Making way’ also reminded me of Toolgrid, which exists to help people take control of the organization of tools, ‘making way’ for greater productivity.
What a strange time this is! I am grateful that so many people have decided to purchase face masks bearing images of my art!
I appreciate that you are looking to protect yourself and others, or at least that you are looking to be compliant with the local regulations.
Who says you can’t have a bit of colourful fun while being in compliance!
As many have experienced, the providers of face masks have been slammed with orders, and receiving your order can take an extraordinarily long time.
The 5 mask order that I placed took over 2 months to arrive!! I was beginning to doubt that it would ever show up. But then it did – but it was 2 masks short. The remaining two arrived two weeks later. I am very hopeful that the wait time is improving as production continues. Much appreciation to all who have waited and are continuing to wait…. I truly feel your pain!
About Placing an Order
For those who are contemplating placing an order for an Amy Ferrari Art face mask, please realize that you are likely in for a wait!
I can’t and don’t carry a stock of my imprinted products, so ordering directly from the provider is best.
If something should go wrong with your order, please contact the provider directly, as I do not receive any of your order info. I never know exactly who orders the masks, as the artists only receive info that an order was placed for ‘x’ numbers of a particular design, but nothing about the customer. Which is why I especially love it when people post pictures of their masks when they arrive!
There are two providers of face masks that I currently use: Fine Art America (Pixels), which is based in the US; and Art of Where, which is Canadian!
In terms of Customer Experience, I’d rate Fine Art America (Pixels) as ‘pretty good’ and Art of Where as ‘great’; no company is perfect, so please proceed with due caution, as you would with any internet purchase.
About Fine Art America (Pixels)
Fine Art American (Pixels) came on the scene first, as they were quick to offer imprinted face masks. This is really not too surprising, being a rather large company with manufacturing partners throughout the US and beyond. Fine Art America (FFA) offers a terrific variety of products from art prints, to tote bags, to shower curtains, to yoga matts, to t-shirts, and more. Their most recent offering is the fabric face mask. Every time I upload an image from one of my paintings to FFA, I am taken through a somewhat automated process of designing the placement of my image on each of their products. Sometimes the images simply won’t work well for a certain product, so not all products are available for all designs. As of this posting, I am up to date with uploading my most recent images.
The face masks from FFA are one size fits all masks which have a side pocket for an air filter. Here is the description of the face mask on the FFA website:
The Center for Disease Control has recommended the use of cloth face masks to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
This face mask is made from 100% polyester and includes two woven, elastic loops for a comfortable, one-size-fits all fit.
Please note – this is NOT a surgical grade mask. It is not intended for any medical or commercial uses, whatsoever. It is a simple, cloth mask designed for everyday use to cover your mouth when out in public. The mask should not be used in any medical or surgical setting.
We make no warranties that the mask prevents infections or the transmission of viruses or diseases.
After a couples months or so of FAA offering face masks, Art of Where (AOW), started to offer face masks as well. Art of Where is a Canadian company based in Montreal. All of their printing and sewing is done onsite in Montreal. They even manufacture some of their fabrics! AOW is a smaller company that puts a great emphasis on quality. Their line of products is centered on their wearables, but they also provide art prints, pillow covers, notebooks, and more…..they will even print custom fabrics for you to sew with! I am still in the process of adding my images facemasks on AOW. Their uploading process for artists is a bit more demanding, thus the process of creating a collection of faces masks similar to my FFA collection is taking some time. I am consistently growing the collection that as of now stands at around 24 mask designs!
AOW’s masks come in a selection of sizes and are more form fitting than the Fine Art America masks.
Here’s AOW’s description of their face masks:
Give yourself some extra peace of mind and protection with custom printed 100% cotton sateen face coverings! Available in multiple sizes with metal nose piece and an internal filter pocket, these coverings provide confidence in both safety and style.
Keep up with our changing world with 100% cotton custom printed face coverings! Complete with a stainless steel nose piece, filter pocket and soft fabric elastics, these 200 thread count cotton sateen face coverings are here to give you a little more peace of mind. Printed with permanent reactive inks, you can fill confident washing them over and over without fear of fading. Stay safe and stylish with custom printed cut and sew face coverings.
1 to 5 items: ~25 business days
+ 3 business days per 6 items
If you see a design you like on the Fine Art America site but prefer the mask from the Art of Where site and you can’t find the same design on my Art of Where site, just let me know. It’s absolutely easy and no problem for me to add it to the Art of Where site. (I’m still adding designs!)
The featured painting on this post is fresh from the studio:
I had a dream last night involving weird happenings as our way of life went further into chaos. People driving upside-down buses?!? Anyway, the upheaval we are currently experiencing now was further amplified, and indeed in the dream, everything was much stranger. Oddly enough, despite the upside-down bus incident in my dream, it wasn’t actually a nightmare.
The Covid pandemic has uncovered atrocities in our healthcare systems that are starting to spark changes.
Black people have been treated atrociously and the Black Lives Matter movement is starting to spark changes.
The horrid acts against our Native Peoples and all of our Peoples of Colour is causing outrage and is sparking changes.
The blatant lack of concern for our environment is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
The disregard for animals in our food supply is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
The blatant disregard for peoples’ wellbeing by our governments and big Pharma, big corporations, and big everything is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
The insatiable desire for more, for having the right to treat people like crap, and for having the right to disregard human decency is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
Being complacent in having racist, sexist, hateful, homophobic thoughts and actions is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
Everything shitty that privileged and power-hungry people are doing to hurt others and to hurt the environment is causing outrage which is sparking changes.
So much outrage! It seems like a nightmare, but what keeps it from being a nightmare is the wee spark of hope that all this upheaval, as tragic and painful as it is and will continue to be, will bring lasting changes as we continue to look closer into our own hearts, our organizations, our businesses, and our governments. Things get dicey for everyone, for a long time, but we are all forced by circumstances to reflect, feel compassion, and act upon making better decisions that lead to a better world for everyone… EVERYONE… every person, culture, species, race, country, gender, sexual orientation, age, color, religion, weirdness, etc. EVERYONE.
I’m thinking my dream of upheaval and outrage is already a reality. More than I know. But I hold on to the optimistic hope that as a result, our world and ourselves will change for the better. Perhaps we all need to figure out how to drive buses upside-down…. or at least how to make changes that seem impossible… POSSIBLE.
I have a lot of self-reflection to do and I’m wondering how I can reflect any of this in my art and actions. At least for now, I will continue to create and share art that expresses my sense of positivity and harmony.
Here are three recent paintings that I hope are imbued with positivity, harmony, and love….
16 x 16 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This painting is about the elation and exuberant happiness that bubbles up as a result of unconditional love.
16 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This painting is about the joy of thriving in chaotic environment because you know where everything is.
Cerebral Memory Echo
24 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This painting is a representation of a place where all things harmoniously flow together
with connectedness and free, loving expression.
My Industrial Captivation Collection has grown.. by one painting.. so far.. so I’d like to share.
This one building continues to fascinate me. The painting is a close-up of the monolithic blue monstrosity which I’ve already captured in the previous “Gage Street Steelway”. I couldn’t help revisiting this structure.
So Much Blue. So Many Curves!
With so many of us spending all this time at home in close… perhaps too close… quarters with our loved ones, I’m thinking there may be situations arising that call for some humour.
I’ve determined that this may be a good to open a window…
and share some good-natured rhyming fart humourfrom my Google-Eyed Snarkle Tarts in the form of a free downloadable PDF of my picture book, “A Big #2” for a limited time.
This picture book features my Snarkle Tart characters presenting different ways to talk about poo’s. The characters are captivatingly cute; and the poems that accompany each image will make you snicker!
Here’s a sample page featuring Ace Kid Mark (say it fast):
For optimal viewing of the PDF in Adobe Acrobat, under the “View” tab, be sure to choose the “Read Mode” and also choose the “Page Display” in order to select the “Two Page View”. While you’re at it, under “Display Theme”, be sure to select the “Dark Gray” option.
If you’d simply like to see the Snarkle Tarts painting collection, Click here!
For an even better reading experience, the iBook version is available for only $4.99 USD.
This collection is the reason I have seemingly stopped posting my work for the last year. I wanted to have a chance to present the paintings as a cohesive group, and had hoped to post the entire collection once I had an exhibition scheduled. But since all things have changed, I have decided that now would be a great time to share over a year’s worth of work.
Usually when people are thinking about the unique beauty to be enjoyed in and around the city of Hamilton (Ontario), the most prevalent thoughts immediately go to the escarpment, which lovingly looms over lower Hamilton. While I greatly appreciate this natural beauty, what has recently captivated my eye is actually man-made.
Since moving to Hamilton and living in the east side of the city, I’ve been enamoured by the sky. What really sticks out are the vertical plumes emanating from the industrial pipes throughout the industrial areas along the bay. These vertical plumes are exciting! Perhaps because vertical sky formations tend to be indicators of danger: both tornados and smoke plumes from fires are sky formations that can indicate a fair amount of danger!
The plumes, though ever-present, always manage to look different every day – depending on the atmospheric conditions. Sometimes the plumes dissipate almost immediately, and sometimes they linger until you’re not sure whether you’re seeing plume trails or actual clouds… when does one become the other? I do love how they animate the sky! It brings a certain dynamic quality to the beloved tradition of cloud watching…. You’ve got to be quick to see that elephant or that fluffy bunny wafting by!
As I’ve travelled around the industrial areas to try to get a better grip on what is going on in these steam-spewing industrial complexes, I’m captivated yet again by these pipe-laden cathedrals of industry. These structures are metal monuments to complexity with perplexing organizational purpose. It’s all so wonderfully mysterious! Where do those pipes go? What’s going on in those shiny tanks? And why? I don’t really wish to know, as it’s much more fun to wonder and imagine.
The captivation factor of the industrial buildings is further enhanced by the architecture of the buildings, which is often rather brutal in scale with strange angles and catwalk-like structures strewn all around. And the colors….!!! Nowhere else do you see such brilliant colors in the environment! Oh! the blues, aquas, and greens! The yellows in the ladders, steps, and guardrails winding through and around the structures! And the reds and oranges from the rusting smokestacks! And the flames! It’s such a spectacle that there are open flames coming from some of the stacks!
As dusk falls, the situation takes on an even more animated appearance, as the lights become an exciting visual factor, and the flames really steal the show! In the low light, the plumes take on an even more ominous appearance, especially as the lower plumes intertwine with the pipes and obliterate large chunks of the structure.
I have indeed been captivated by all of these industrial sites, and thus decided to create a (still growing) collection of paintings portraying some of my favourite sites in the industrial area of Hamilton transformed by imagination. Now, I’d like to share my vision of “Industrial Captivation” and hope to inspire a new appreciation for these crazy structures.
The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace 36 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas 2020
This image is from Beach Road. I love the way these dreary yet colourful buildings seem to be striking a pose as they diminish into the distance.
Facets of Dofasco 48 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This image is from atop the escarpment. The Dofasco factory is in the foreground, and Lake Ontario is in the background.
The Bungee Busy-ness 20 x 20 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
The Bungee building on Burlington Street has always fascinated be with all the pipes going everywhere and the wonderful yellow/blue color combination. But my favorite aspect of this particular building is the X-mas tree form looming above everything.
Bountiful Busby Above the Blue 36 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This building on Burlington Street is such an inexplicable expanse of bright blue! But what really fascinated me was all the linear hair-like structures on top of the building!
Contrails From The Trellis 40 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This amazing trellis-like structure is located near the north end of Parkdale. It is one of the most prolific steam makers in town! The pipe complexity is so fantastic that it almost appears as stained glass in some areas. The two larger stacks on the left have two very faint steam trails drifting out… at least I hope that it’s steam.
Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay 24 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This is my rendition of one of the more iconic Hamilton Bay views as seen from the QEW. In this scene, the sun is going down and the lights are beginning to become pronounced.
Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth 48 x 24 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
The building is viewed from the Nikola Tesla near the Kenilworth exit. This particular view always appealed to me due to the rainbow colors of the stacks. What really confounds me is why the aqua and green stacks are in the wrong order, with all the other colors being in perfect rainbow order.
Skyward Deco Dance 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This is one of my favorite complexes and is viewed from the Nicola Tesla. The volume of steam is usually quite proficient, and the buildings with angles remind me of an art deco theme.
The Dofasco Experience 36 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This site is on Ottawa Street, and is perhaps as close to any of the structure that I been able to access. I just really wonder what is going on with the large pipes that seem to go nowhere.
Parkdale Pipe Palace 48 x 36 Acrylic on Canvas 2019
This is the complex at the north end of Parkdale. Besides the drama of the steam trails in the sky, the aspect that most fascinated me about this scene is the yellow ladders and rails.
Gage Street Steelway 30 x 24 Acrylic on Panel 2018
This site occurs near the intersection of Gage and Burlington Street. With so many interesting forms, I think of this painting as a study in blue.