Paintings and More!

The Industrial Captivation Collection

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.

Facets of Dofasco

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!

Parkdale Pipe Palace

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!

Skyward Deco Dance

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 Bungee Busy-ness

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!

The Dofasco Experience

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.

Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay

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

The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace
The Obleakly Netherlasting Grace

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

Facets of Dofasco
Facets of Dafasco

 

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 Busy-ness
The Bungee Busy-ness

 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

Bountiful Busby Above the Blue
Bountiful Busby Above the Blue

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

Contrails From the Trellis
Contrails From The Trellis

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

Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay
Gilded Haze at Hamilton Bay

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

Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth
Rainbow Crown at Kenilworth

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

Skyward Deco Dance
Skyward Deco Dance

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

The Dofasco Experience
The Dofasco Experience

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

Parkdale Pipe Palace
Parkdale Pipe Palace

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

Gage Street Steelway
Gage Street Steelway

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.

 


 

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Fresh From the Easel!!!

Releasing Long-held Grievances
Into The Blinding Light of Love

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Releasing Grievances Into The Blinding Light Of Love by Amy Ferrari

Acrylic on Canvas
36 x 48     2018
$1900.00

This is a recently finished painting that I worked on for almost six months.  So to have it finally finished is indeed a celebration!  Much of that six months was taken up by my relocation efforts moving my home from Waterloo to Hamilton.  But whenever I could steal a paint day, I’d find new ideas to try with the painting…

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Reference Image

The thing I really love about doing abstract paintings is that the reference image, or, starting point, for the piece need not dictate the final piece in any way.  Which means I can fall down the rabbit hole with the painting for as long as it takes me.  This piece took me for quite a journey far far away from the source material which consisted of a few random drips of paint forming four figures.  The source material drips had inspired me because it hatched the thought of trying to create a piece that was about bringing out the dark grievances in life into the light of understanding and love.  It seemed like an important idea to chase, and chase it I did!  While the imagery evolved drastically, the concept of dissolving grievances with understanding remained a constant.  

The images of the four figures, though radically transformed, also remain somewhat intact.  Everybody has unspoken grievances, and usually it’s because it can be difficult to talk about the things that can lead to disagreements.  The grievances are stored in the dark vessels along the bottom of the picture.  The left-most figure happens to be the figure getting the most attention, and the grievances that are being aired mostly come from her.  This figure is deemed by me to be a ‘she’; her focus is her immediate neighbour, who I deem to be her partner. The two figures on the right are relatives and also serve as support for the couple.  As she is finally able to communicate her grievances, the darkness she had held inside dissipates into the yellow light as the understanding from her loved ones becomes evident.  The grievances are dissolved into smaller effervescent particle globs that are surrounded by the yellow light of love that bubble upwards and eventually dissipate into the yellow light of understanding.

While the exact issue that formed the grievances is not terribly important to the piece, I invite viewers to come up with their own ideas about that.  My only suggestion is that she may happen to be reaching the later stages of her childbearing years…   As well, the ultimate result of airing her grievances is not exactly important to the piece, and again, I invite the viewers to envision the ultimate resolution. I suggest that important point of resolving her grievances is that she was heard, appreciated, and loved by the most important  figures in her life.

While the painting is essentially about love and understanding, I am hoping that it is a visual treat with humour, warmth, and harmonious spirit with a presence of positivity.

I wish you all a very merry holiday season full of light and understanding and mostly, full of love.  🙂


 

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A Sneak Peek at the Ferrari 500!

Here are some of the original art pieces I’ll be offering for sale at the upcoming Ferrari 500!  The ‘500’ means no piece of art is priced over $500.00!  The prices of many of the pieces I am presenting here are well over 50% off their usual price! WooHoo!!!

Catalyst 137 (137 Glasgow in Kitchener)
Friday, May 25  2018
The show starts at 5:00 and runs until 9:00pm.
Get there early to make sure you get the piece you want!!!


Original Art for Sale!

PondeRoseprnt
PondeRose

PondeRose
30 x 40  Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Treeonblueprnt
Spirit Tree Dawning

Spirit Tree Dawning
20 x 30 Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Double Door Power Play
Double Door Power Play

Double Door Power Play
40 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$500.00

 

Available
Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists

Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Available
A Farewell to Diet Coke

A Farewell to Diet Coke
36 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

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Flatlander Fabric Flow

Flatlander Fabric Flow
20 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas
$250.00

 

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Above and Beyond

Above and Beyond
20 x 16  Acrylic on Canvas
$275.00

 

Pathways to Peaceful Positivity
Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities

Pathways to Peaceful Possibilities
30 x 30  Acrylic on Canvas
$450.00

 

Available
Grow House Groove On

Grow House Groove On
36 x 12  Acrylic on Panel
$400.00

 

Available - Chrysalides House
Cy-Pressing a Wave

Cy-Pressing a Wave
24 x 36  Acrylic on Canvas
$400.00

 

Happosition Harmony
Happosition Harmony

Happosition Harmony
30 x 40  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 


And Some Smaller Original Works!

 

Happy Huddle
Happy Huddle

Happy Huddle
8 x 10  Acrylic on Panel
$125.00

 

Casting A Net
Casting a Net

Casting a Net
5 x 5  Acrylic on Cavas
Sold!

Ferrari Fugitive 1 Acrylic on Canvas 5 x 5 $75 2018 R
Fugitive I

Fugitive I
5 x 5  Acrylic on Canvas
$35.00

Ferrari Fugitive 2 Acrylic on Canvas 5 x 5 $75 2018 R
Fugitive II

Fugitive II
5 x 5  Acrylic on Canvas
$35.00

 

Ordinary Specimenprnt
Ordinary Specimen

Ordinary Specimen
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

Yellow Channelprnt
Yellow Channel

Yellow Channel
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Roswellian Relicprnt
Roswellian Relic

Roswellian Relic
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Yellow Hopperprnt
Yellow Channel

Yellow Hopper
8 x 8  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Whispering Wanda
Whispering Wanda

Whispering Wanda
12 x 12 Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Gaston Gusher
Gaston Gusher

Gaston Gusher
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Ace Kid Mark
Ace Kid Mark

Ace Kid Mark
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 

Smelly Nellie
Smelly Nellie

Smelly Nellie
12 x 12  Acrylic on Canvas
Sold!

 


 

As usual, I’ll have have some of my archival prints and drawings on hand, so there are many options for growing your collection of Amy Ferrari Art!

Looking forward to seeing you there!


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The Ferrari 500 is at Catalyst 137!!

It’s coming up before you know it – Friday, May 25th at Catalyst 137!
You won’t want to miss it!!

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Catalyst 137  (137 Glasgow, Kitchener)

I am delighted and honoured to present the 33 artists who will be participating in the upcoming Ferrari 500! Such a diverse and talented group!!!

Cathy Amos
Michele Braniff
Dominique Cinq-Mars Delay
Jennifer Depencier
Barb Di Renzo Moore
Carolyn Dix
Diana Erb
Cathy Farwell
Amy Ferrari
Anne Filiatrault
Frances Gregory
Jennifer Gough
Faith Hieblinger
Maria Holland
Greg Kirch
Annette Kraft van Ermel
Desiree Lichty
Christina MacLellan
Shaun McFee
Paint by Munzy
Roslyn Ramsay
Steven Restagno
Pamela Rojas-Perez
Jax Rula
John Rula
Liz Skelton
Logan Soeder
Maca Suazo
Elvan Konedrali Suzer
Terry Torra
Sheila Trinkaus
Ralf Wall
Trevor Waurechen


Why Go to the Ferrari 500???

The Ferrari 500 aims to help support our local visual artists by providing a lucrative opportunity specifically designed to promote sales of original art along with original art-related merchandise.

Amos, Open Barn, acrylic on canvas,
Open Barn by Cathy Amos

The $500 price cap is meant to inspire buyers! Many people are intimidated by the prospect of buying art; and knowing that every single item in the show is priced at $500 or under, allows our art lovers to wander through our displays, knowing any single piece that they fall in love with is within the realm of relative affordability!

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Peculiar Breeze 3 by Annette Kraft van Ermel

This also gives our artists a chance to explore their possibilities for presenting work at lower price points. This could mean our artists are offering smaller works, experimental works, reproductions of works, or even some older works that are in need of forever homes where they can bee seen and loved, rather than stored away. You just never know what wonders you will find!

Liz Skelton. Inti. (spirit of the sun) 30X40. $550
Inti. (Spirit of the Sun) by Liz Skelton

Many art events restrict artists from selling their own reproductions of their original works, insisting on showing and selling only the original hand crafted items. While the Ferrari 500 deeply appreciates this focus on original handcrafted art, we also wish to provide a rare opportunity for artists to expand the income producing potential of each work of original art by allowing artists to sell reproductions and original art-imprinted merchandise. Which means even more affordable options for our art lovers.

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Splitting Ground by Trevor Waurechen

And fall in love with art they will!! We have a roster of 33 professional artists oozing with creativity, offering refreshing, colourful perspectives expressed through their original art. Our art lovers will have a chance to engage with the artists to unlock even more insights into the art being presented.

DiRenzo_Tag_Necklace_$50
Necklace by Barb Di Renzo

And to further inspire our art lovers to become art collectors, each artist has agreed to donate 10% of their night’s sales to an amazing organization, House of Friendship, who supports Waterloo Region’s low-income residents by offering assistance and support (Addiction Services, Community Services, Housing Services).

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Morning Splendour by Anne Filiatrault

Just for showing up to our event, our art lovers will be given door prize tickets… a chance to win a valuable piece of artist-donated art or art-related item … for free!! The door prizes will be announced at 6:30, 7:30, and lastly, at 8:30. The lucky winners need to be present to win!

Ferrari DoorPrize
Door Prize Donation by Amy Ferrari

Lastly, in addition to a table full of enticing nibbles, you will have access to our lively cash bar, featuring selected beers, wines, and an original moonshine concoction provided by Moondance Whiskey

Midnight-Liason
Midnight Liaison by MoonDance Whiskey

For this rendition of the Ferrari 500, MoonDance Whiskey is providing a stunning custom cocktail  entitled “Midnight Liaison”.  It’s so pretty, I might even base a painting on this beautiful drink! Can’t wait to try it!

See you there!!!

 

Ferrari500-3_Poster


 

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Homer Watson House & Gallery, merchandise, Paintings and More!, Prints, Wearables

TreeCentricity… The Merchandise!

As with most of my paintings, I’ve uploaded images of my tree paintings to my favourite print-on-demand websites (Art of Where and Fine Art America), allowing you to order fun items, like beanie hats, shower curtains, and tote bags emblazoned with images of my art!


 

TreeCentric Framed Prints

You may wish to collect all of the paintings from my “TreeCentricity” exhibition, but alas that may not be reasonably affordable.  One thing you could do is order prints or posters from Fine Art America!

 

 

Fine Art America also offers a variety of imprintable items….

Shower Curtains

 

 

Duvet Covers

 

 

Tote Bags

 

 

Spiral Note Books

 

 

Pillows

 

 

and Mugs

 

 



Art of Where offers a variety of wearables (leggings, headbands, scarves, etc.), along with many other items.  This link will take you to my “TreeCentricity” Collection page.

I love the prints on these wonder beanie hats!  Great for keeping the ‘ol noggin warm in these colder temperatures!

 

 

These styling notebooks are a new offering from Art of Where – they’re the same ones that I have in the gift shop at Homer Watson House & Gallery.

 

 



 

As always, if you’d like one of my images on an item, but can’t find it, please simply email me to let me know, and I’ll do all I can to create that combination for you!


 

If you missed the exhibition’s opening reception at Homer Watson House & Gallery, don’t fret…
You can see them in person through the remainder of February, until March 7.

And, if you’d like a chance to find out more about the pieces in this collection, please plan to attend my Artist’s Talk, which is scheduled for Saturday, February 24, 1:00 – 3:00pm.
Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, Noon – 4:30 pm

Also, please be sure to notice the gift shop, where you can find greeting cards, unframed art prints, and notebooks, all for sale, and featuring the exhibited images of my work!


 

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The Ferrari 500 – A Sneak Peek!

As many may know by now…. The 2nd rendition the Ferrari 500 is nearly a week away, and every single painting will be priced at $500.00 or LESS!

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the art I’ll be having for sale……

Available
Pursuit of the Pink Preservationists
Available
Kakabeca’s Concertillion
Tree Amigos
Tree Amigos
AbouttoSpoutwebr
About to Sprout
Above-and-Beyond-webr
Above and Beyond
Flatlander-Fabric-Flow-webr
Flatlander Fabric Flow

 

and… the MUKsters will be making an appearance!

 

and the remaining Snarkle Tarts will make an appearance….
(Prints of all 15 Snarkles are available!)

 

and so much more!  Hope to see you all there!

Friday the 13th of October, for 5:00 to 9:00pm at Communitech!

 


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Amy Ferrari Art

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Amy Ferrari Art – Online Gallery

I celebrate colour as a glorification of life.  My vision is that vibrant, joyous potential thrives in everybody, everything, and in every situation.

My current work is acrylic on canvas.
The links below will navigate to different categories of my available art!


Thunder Sky
Land Shapes

 

The Seasonal IndusTreeprnt

TreeCentricity


 

 

Vegetationage                              Figuration


 

Relearning Gravitational Resistance

 Abstracts


 

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Serene Yellow Spaces


         

 

Snarkle Tarts                             MUKsters!!!


 

SenTrees Of The Grapes

Limited Edition Archival Prints

Artist-signed, limited-edition archival prints (archival ink on archival paper) produced by Amy Ferrari Art.  These prints are designed to last a lifetime.


 

Commissions!
Above are some paintings that I’ve created for other people…
What can I paint for you?


 

Imprinted Merchandise

The Imprinted Merchandise category encompasses items produced and imprinted by selected print-on-demand providers:

Fine Art America   (quality artist prints, greeting cards, device covers, home decor)
Zazzle   (mugs, calendars, totes, throw pillows, fabric, ties, blankets, post-its, etc.)
Art of Where   (wearables: leggings, skirts, scarves, beanie hats)
Blurb  (The book – ‘A Big Number 2’ – is available in soft cover and e-book editions!)

If you can’t find the item you’d like imprinted with the image you’d like, please let me know, and I’ll do all I can to make the item available.



 

Amore Magic Bracelets
If you received a bracelet with a card that led you this site… well you’ve found the source of the magic bracelets.  But be aware, while I believe the bracelets contain magic from the force of good, the magic only works if you believe.

Even if you never received the card with the bracelet, the bracelets I made still have special magic, so if you wear one, be on the lookout for good things to come!

Most of my bracelets feature handmade beads that I made from polymer clay (the kind you bake in the oven).  So the bracelets with the polymer beads have the strongest magic.  If you have a magic bracelet with no polymer beads, don’t worry, there is still magic that comes in through the random patterns and regular patterns of the beads.

 

 

 


 

Questions!  Comments!  Let me know!