Friday, February 2, 2018

Singleton Philly Celebrates Ground Hog Day

The answer is blowing in the wind... the jet stream is in the the typical ridge-trough pattern across Canada. Singleton remains in the cold trough in response to the warm ridge over the Rockies. Get used to it.

Weather I see my shadow or not is immaterial. The cold weather will continue through the spring. Computers worth a lot more than a Ground Hog Fur Coat have crunched the patterns. The Ground Hog inside that computer apparently only has access to a blue crayon. Cold... Get used to it especially over eastern Canada.



Singleton Philly never leaves the lake bit if he did, he would find that the equatorial Pacific has turned colder. Singleton Philly would diagnose that a weak La Niña (the blue crayon below the zero line to the right in the following graphic) has replaced the expected and aborted El Nino and expect it to continue until late spring... then La Nada with an inbetween ENSO pattern.
What does that mean for summer? Remember that climate change is real and that the Globe is really getting warmer. The computer ground hog was given yellow and orange crayons to colour the summer map (below). For Singleton, summer will indeed arrive and be near or warmer than normal... get used to it.

As far as this morning goes.. remember that Singleton Philly specializes in remote sensing. Why put your paws in harms way?
The cold trough and the northwesterly flow behind the cold front has created "circulation weather". Snowsqualls in the northwesterly flow off the Great Lakes are everywhere but not at Singleton.
The cirrostratus from the storm over the east coast is not nearly thick enough to block the dawn over Singleton. The new satellite is giving some terrific Water Vapour data!
So aside from from some patchy turbulent stratocumulus and some thin cirrostratus, Singleton Philly could certainly find some sun shining through the breaks in the cloud and maybe even see a somewhat ghostly shadow. 

Would such a shadow really scare Singleton Philly? Maybe because the ground hog in the computer says it is going to be a cold spring with six more weeks of winter weather anyway - just as the old saying goes when the scared Furcaster sees his shadows and scurries back into his hole in the ground. 
Regardless what happens, you can't please everyone so Singleton Philly relies on the facts - just the scientific facts. And he can do all of this using remote sensing technology with a hot coffee in his paw. Remember what Singleton Philly always says: everyone wants to see a tornado before they die......... but not just before they die. 

Remote sensing rules....

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Art and Science of Tom Thomson 2018

I started doing these presentations first using overhead transparencies in the early 1980's - seems more than primitive now looking back 35 years later. When PowerPoint started in the mid to late 1980's I migrated everything to the new and very powerful tool. I never looked back.

It has been a slow process to increase the awareness of the inspiration that really moved Tom Thomson and his friends - artists who would later form the Group of Seven. In recent years I have had some wonderful assistance from others like Ciel Variable. This magazine covers contemporary art processes, new image technologies and matters related to global culture. See the Ciel Variable Article. Also see the Twitter Announcement.

There is also a display with some of my research regarding Tom Thomson at the BIOSPHÈRE,
ENVIRONMENT MUSEUM . I have not seen the display but I am sure that it is very professionally done.

I am in the process of rebuilding my on-line version of some of the research into the art and science of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. The demise of the hosting website has required that I start over... it is harder to start again than it was to begin in the first place. Anyway the "rebuild" is a work in progress that I go to when not devoting my efforts to my own art or chores around Singleton. Here is the link to that site...The Art and Science of Tom Thomson 2018. I hope you enjoy it. There is some new weather research to be found there as well.

I still do some presentations but it is challenging to pry me away from the lake, my canoe(s) and my own art. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Paint the Town Kingston 2017 - The Judge's Comments

PHILIP CHADWICK – 184 YORK
"Another fine example of the sure hand and bold composition we've come to expect from the artist. Instantly recognizable stylistic approach – simplified, yet with sufficient detail to convey character. (I just checked, and found I'd said pretty much the same things last year!)

Because your “style” is so destinctive and predictable (not intended as a negative comment), I feel I have to suggest you ask yourself: Does your style serve the subject, or does the subject serve your style? Which do you consider more important? I guess the second question would be, does it matter?

As an example, Van Gogh's paintings are usually easily recognizable, yet his “style” tends to vary – perhaps in sympathy with his subject matter. Just a thought."

I was and am honoured to have anyone appreciate my art. Bruce, an Instructor at the Kingston School of the Art really thought about his comments... and they in turn, made me think as well. Thinking is always good. I seldom rework my plein air records in the studio when I get home. The effort seldom improves on the honest inspiration of the moment.

Here are my thoughts sparked by Bruce's observations...

My style as determined how the pigments "look" on the support does indeed vary. An early critic in the 1980's thought that my art varied too much. She didn't quite know who I was as an artist... maybe I was still finding myself as well. The classical education from Mario Airomi lent itself to photographic realism. The time and effort was not wasted as it was a great way to learn from the renaissance masters.

Certainly my style is influenced by the range of supports that I employ. I work on everything from coarse canvas to ultra-smooth panels. The age of the brushes and the oils also have a part to play within the brush strokes.

The subject matter is the vital element and I am very sensitive to the requirements and individuality of the motivation to record the particular star of the scene. My brushwork can be delicate and precise but can sometimes be jabs and slashes of raw colour. Of course the weather and the elements also play a major role – especially when I am out en plein air as I prefer to be.

Perfection can be over-rated. Sometimes the accidental strokes can subconsciously surface to reveal the soul of the subject. I try to preserve those imperfect but eloquent blobs of pigment. A thousand strokes striving for perfection can slay the soul of the painting.

To sum it up each painting and subject are individuals. My respect for them is always high which is why I decide to devote considerable effort in recording them anyway. My bold approach to colours and brushstrokes should be the recurring theme through my work. The influences above do influence this boldness but the distinctive passion for painting must always shine through.


Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Paint the Town Kingston 2017

Paint the Town Kingston 2017 is on at the Window Art Gallery! There are over 40 pieces in the show and it looks great! The attached poster tells the story. The Reception is this Sunday Dec 10th from 2 - 4 p.m. Hope to see you there! http://www.windowartgallerykingston.com/

There are larger sized posters in the office for $5 each if you would like one for your home. Paint the Town is in affiliation with the International Plein Air Painters (IPAP). and their Annual World-wide Paint Out. Art is all about being creative and making memories - sometimes with like-minded friends. There is a tremendous amount of organization and planning behind the scenes that make these paint outs so successful and so much fun.The Annual World-wide Paint Out is a Friday through Sunday event sometime in early to mid September.
I have been participating with Paint the Town Kingston for at least four years now... I forget. I really immerse myself into the oils for three solid days and am looking forward to 2018 already. In 2017 I completed ten pieces in those three days. That is about standard when I am in the creative zone. They are all posted on philchadwickart.blogspot.ca as well as on Fine Art America within the IPAP Gallery. Here is the link to the last painting from the 2017 Paint the Twon. This one is on display at the Window Art Gallery and included in the poster - thank you!
 #2023 "184 York"

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Artistic Journey of Phil the Forecaster Chadwick

Phil's artistic journey started in 1967 at the small cottage just east of the 1000 Islands Village which is home to the River West Company. Now in 2017, Phil and his art has returned home.

 The master artist Mario Airomi lived in that cottage and took Phil under his brush as his protege. Phil would ride his bike along the Old Kings Highway from Brockville for the Saturday lesson. Phil enjoyed a classical training in the arts until Mario passed away in 1976. That was the same year that Phil Graduated from Queens with a degree in nuclear physics. Mario was more than a friend and a teacher providing a start into the world of art.
A 36 year career in meteorology with Environment Canada combined both art and science. Every cloud has a tale to tell just like every stroke of a brush. Phil never stopped painting and works mostly "en plein air" in oils. Being retired he can now paint and paddle all the time.

Phil lives and paints out of passion for the natural world - inspired by nature to see beyond the surface and to share the experience - a vision in pigment and texture. The immediate goal is to extract the maximum amount of inspiration from the moment and have fun doing it while surrounded by and immersed in the natural elements. Somehow the soul of the scene finds its way into the paint and the canvas is an everlasting memory of that moment.

Phil's goal is to make the next painting his new favourite and to improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colour and bold strokes! Art is a way of life and is all about making memories. Much of this art can be viewed on Pixels at 1-phil-chadwick.pixels.com.
The River West Co is the exclusive provider of Phil's art in the 1000 Islands Village just west of Mario Airomi's Cottage. What goes around... comes around. Life is good!

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Phil the Forecaster and the River West Company

Phil's artistic journey started in 1967 at the small cottage just east of the 1000 Islands Village which is home to the River West Company. Now in 2017, Phil and his art has returned home.

 The master artist Mario Airomi lived in that cottage and took Phil under his brush as his protege. Phil enjoyed a classical training in the arts until Mario passed away in 1976. That was the same year that Phil Graduated from Queens with a degree in nuclear physics. Mario was more than a friend and a teacher providing a start into the world of art.
A 36 year career in meteorology with Environment Canada combined both art and science. Every cloud has a tale to tell just like every stroke of a brush. Phil never stopped painting and works mostly "en plein air" in oils. Being retired he can now paint and paddle all the time.

Phil lives and paints out of passion for the natural world - inspired by nature to see beyond the surface and to share the experience - a vision in pigment and texture. The immediate goal is to extract the maximum amount of inspiration from the moment and have fun doing it while surrounded by and immersed in the natural elements. Somehow the soul of the scene finds its way into the paint and the canvas is an everlasting memory of that moment.

Phil's goal is to make the next painting his new favourite and to improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colour and bold strokes! Art is a way of life and is all about making memories.
Now the River West Co is the exclusive provider of Phil's art in the 1000 Islands Village just west of Mario Airomi's Cottage. What goes around... comes around. Life is good!




Friday, October 13, 2017

Phil the Forecaster Chadwick CPAWS Biography

Phil the Forecaster is a nuclear physicist turned meteorologist but has always been an artist. Phil Chadwick paints mostly "en plein air" in oils. Paddling and looking after nature rounds out the passion that Phil has for life and the environment.

I live and paint out of passion for the natural world. I am inspired by nature to see beyond the surface and to share the experience - a vision in pigment and texture. My immediate goal is to extract the maximum amount of inspiration from the moment and have fun doing it while surrounded by and immersed in the natural elements. Somehow the soul of the scene finds its way on to the canvas.

My simple desire is to make the next painting my new favourite and to improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colouand bold strokes!

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is dedicated to protect the biodiversity of  Canada through legislation and public education. The Ottawa Valley Chapter is working protect the Ottawa Valley and surrounding areas. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere has Singleton Lake right in the center. The area is truly unique and needs to be respected. Art as well as science have a big part to play in this endeavour.

Life is good ... very good! Plus you gotta laugh !

Saturday, September 30, 2017

#1643 "August Sunset"

This is the summer, sunset sky of Saturday August 1st, 2015 around 9 pm. The towering cumulus in the unstable summer air mass in the wake of a cold front were decaying with the setting sun. The lake was getting quiet again after a full day of boating and swimming. I swam everyday since May 15th and now the water was indeed very warm by comparison to that of mid spring.

Northwesterly breezes were sculpting the remains of these convective towers. I doubt that the cumulus were ever tall enough to deliver any precipitation. These winds carved tropical angel fish - actually an entire school. There are other things in the clouds like the USS Enterprise but I will leave them for you to discover.

Oils on medium burnt sienna oil tinted foundation on commercial canvas - 16 X 20 (inches).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman with Phil the Forecaster Chadwick

"Join artist and meteorologist Phil "the Forecaster" Chadwick in a perspective- changing look at the genius of Tom Thomson as an artist through the weather and inspired him...."
If there ever was a year to study the art of Tom Thomson, this is it, a hundred years after his passing. Canada lost a gifted artist way too soon. What might he have produced?
A chance inquiry from a friend at Killbear Provincial Park has grown into a tour of other Provincial Parks in late August... with maybe more on the way. I like to make every trip away from the lake count. Each presentation will be a bit different depending upon the interests of the group. Here is what I know so far..
Killbear Provincial Park Tuesday August 29th 8 pm
Algonquin Wednesday August 30th, 8 pm
Arrowhead Thursday August 31st, 8 pm
Bonnechere Friday September 1st, 8 pm
I will update this list and times...I arrive early and stay late to answer any questions. I've even been known to talk about the weather...