Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Canoe Lake Paddle 2016

Life is all about place and for me, Canoe Lake is one of those special places. I paddled between 19 and 23 kilometres on Sunday October 2nd 2016 around the perimeter of Canoe Lake. Apparently it took about 7000 paddle strokes to go the distance. My forty-six Canoe Lake paintings based on that paddle tally to 3291.7 square inches not counting the larger panels based on those smaller works. I am sill painting those larger canvases.
The circled numbers on the map of Canoe Lake indicates the location of each of those paintings. There are still some gaps and I need to go back and 'phil' those in.
The Canoe Lake Pilgrimage Paddle Paintings can be found at

PS: Phil’s Ongoing “Magazines” including my growing self-published book on Tom Thomson, my own art, Canadiana and even some humour...

PSS: Here is a link to my Canoe Lake Gallery on Pixels.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Paint Ontario 2017

If you follow my posts, you will know it takes a lot to pry me from home. I quite enjoy spending my time paddling, painting and enhancing the location natural world. Friends encouraged me to enter the Paint Ontario Show. Being the 150 Anniversary of Canada and the unfortunate centennial of the passing of Tom Thomson also prompted me to venture forth. I submitted three pieces and all were accepted - maybe I am doing something right as a Hermit...I know I continue to paint up a storm. Life is good at the lake... very good...
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I will keep you posted...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Southampton Arts Centre and Art School

I started my happy association with Southampton in 2016... this will be eleven years and it coincides with the 60th Anniversay of the School. The Southampton Art School started in 1957 under the Directorship of Bert Henderson and an advisory board of such renowned artists as A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville and Lawren P. Harris - famous artists you might remember. Forty-nine years later, I was the first artist in residence in 2006 and looking back, I am still driving the same car... it is getting to be my signature paint-mobile.

 Here are my two Southampton Paint-Outs for 2017. They will be fun. Come and paint with us.

The Southampton Art School and Group of Seven share a lot of history. The Group also share a lot of history with Killarney. A.Y. Jackson was instrumental in the creation of Killarney Provincial Park. Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer and A. J. Casson also painted in Killarney. Now it is an annual event for the Southampton Art School and Phil the Forecaster to paint in the park in early October. Life is very good!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

As many of you know, I have been presenting my version of the art of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven since the mid 1980's. There is still much to learn and present. 2017 will be a busy year with a century passing since the tragic loss of one of Canada's finest artists, Tom Thomson.
A search of the web will reveal the time and location of presentations for you to enjoy but these are some of the ones where I will be participating.

2017 is also Canada 150 so there is no better time to celebrate the Canadian Culture. Embrace and support it!

The Natural World: Tom Thomson's Inspiration, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Southampton Art School 2017
Wind, Waves and Weather August 24-26th
Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman, Thursday, August 24th at the Bruce County Museum
The Killarney Adventure with Phil Chadwick October 2-6th

Oxtongue Lake Community Centre  during Hike Haliburton: Tom Thomson and Group of Seven Celebrations - Saturday September 23rd 2017. Presentation

I have an on-line version of my Tom Thomson book as one of my Magazines which can be found at Enjoy

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Aquatarium Tuesday November 1st, 2016

What a great venue! Please come to the Aquatarium on Tuesday November 1st. I will be doing a little bit of Tom Thomson but also talking about the weather for this coming winter - maybe some climate change - bring your questions ... it will be fun!

Here is some very recent art as well from the IPAP Paint-Out in Portsmouth Harbour.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman at Bon Echo Provincial Park
I will be doing this presentation at the Bon Echo PP Amphitheater on Saturday August 13th... in the Amphitheatre at 7 pm... It will be fun. Come and support the park...

The above is a study of one of Tom's records that he observed. There is a lot of meteorology in this one! The paint just flowed as I painted. On close examination Tom's brush strokes were really fast and furious. It would have been dark as well and tough to see if by lantern light or the light of the full moon. His brush picked up paint from either side of his stroke and blended them together. There were really not many double strokes so the colours still remained unmixed. 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

1761 Long Outlet

I didn't even notice that I had left my glasses at home... until after I had gotten home after completing two paintings en plein air. That is the way it should be but I normally have my glasses with me just in case.

There was still a trickle of water flowing over the beaver dam that I painted at the same location in #1751 "Dam Beavers". The spring flood was over at the outlet of Long Lake. The grasses had also grown a bit in the twenty-three days since I was there last.

Those are painted turtles on the log. It is neither feasible or appropriate that one includes small detail in a plein air painting - detail smaller than the mid to large brush that you should be using. The best that one can do is a stab of the right colour in the right place and hope that the viewer can fill in the blanks and the correct interpretation. If you look closely you can even imagine that I painted the eye of the turtle.

I accidentally disturbed a rather large northern water snake twice. It just wanted a place in the sun as well. I meant no harm but it was still very frightened of me.

I picked up 80 cents in beer bottles plus a lot of rubbish... Who says there is no money in art?

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

1751 Dam Beavers

I am sure that some property owners think the word in the title should be "damn". It fits according to both the dictionary and the landowners wanting the industrious beaver condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell.

I like beavers. We all need a place to live. I used the word to mean a barrier constructed to hold back water and raise its level. The resulting reservoir is used in the generation of of a beaver's family and not electricity. The beaver lodge is clearly evident in the Google Earth image. I painted the beaver lodge in #1734 "Long Lake Outlet" a month previously.

There were indications that someone was trapping the beavers. I am no trapper but I could read the signs. Someone had breached the dam and the spring flood was pouring over the top. There were also some steel posts embedded nearby probably securing underwater traps. I do know that this particular dam had let go in the past and flooded out Black Rapids Road at its lowest point.

The reflected colours of the spring forest in the beaver reservoir attracted me to this scene. The colours of the overflow were also distinctly different. This is were the Prussian and phthalo blues really come into play to achieve those special blends of pigment. I remember the drumming of ruffed grouse and the gobbling of a harem of turkeys bit I did not see any sign of beavers.

I would visit the same location twenty-three days later in #1761 "Long Outlet".

Sunday, May 29, 2016

1749 Long Lake Marsh

The morning radar showed that I had a couple of hours to paint en plein air before the snow started. I headed to the outlet of Long Lake. Overcast altostratus certainly limited the warming effects of the April sun but it was still pleasant enough when the wind died down. Conditions were rather chilly when the easterly cold conveyor belt feeding the approaching storm, frequently interrupted the calm. The temperature may have been zero Celsius (Canada started Celsius roughly forty years before on April 1st, 1976) but the wind chill on my bare hands was brutal. The weather certainly does not encourage the over-working of a plein air painting and that may be one of the strengths of the open air approach to art.

The sound of the spring melt running over the brim of the beaver dam provided the backdrop of sound. There was a thin skin of ice along the shore and this affected the colour of the surface and the reflections. I painted imagining that I was a bit elevated for a better look at Long Lake past the beaver dam.
A pair of Canada geese kept a close eye on me. Some turkey vultures also swooped by but I kept moving and they decided I was not quite ready to eat yet.