Monday, October 26, 2015

The Parry Sound Group of Five Plein Air Painters

I had the distinct pleasure of painting with the  Parry Sound Group of Five Plein Air Painters - Six if you include me - ladies all enthralled with Canadian art and the beauty of Canada - Parry Sound in this particular instance. Four of the ladies were also Docents for the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg. Imagine sharing a campfire on starry night with artists passionate about Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. I was able to tell a few stories and listen to many more. These opportunities are rare if not impossible to imagine. However, it was my distinct pleasure and honour to paint with the Group of Five - remember that both Five and Seven are prime numbers.
How this outing happened was either a miracle or an accident. It is almost impossible to plan something that turned out as excellent as this.  The following are the demonstration pieces that I painted while in Parry Sound - in chronological order.  I do hope that you will enjoy them.

Friday, October 23, 2015

1667 Pine Curtain

I had the opportunity to paint Limberlost in early October. The colours were just turning but still inspiring. Here are the efforts from that paint-out.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Museum on Tower Hill - Fund Raiser

I should have mentioned that this is a fund raiser for the Parry Sound Museum ... maybe Bobby will come!
I was going to be in the area painting Georgian Bay anyway and an earlier plan to present in Parry Sound didn't materialize.
The weather looks OK... a weakening ridge and a few troughs but nothing crazy. The good thing is that there will be weather. I hope that you can make it :>))

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Tom Thomson in Parry Sound

The Museum on the Hill, in Parry Sound is presenting an evening with Phil the Forecaster. Phil will present "Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman" on Sunday October 4th  from 7-9 pm. The presentation is an unique and innovative look at Tom Thomson's artwork and an eye opening presentation about the awesome weather patterns that still surround us. There is a fair bit of humour as well as science and art ... hopefully a lot of fun too.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

1078 The Son of a Wild Life

It is only four months to Boxing Day... so it is time to maybe post a winter painting from 2009. I painting this in the Watershed Farm Studio on one of the hottest days of the summer.
This is the son of #0610 "Wildlife". I arbitrarily decided to use the word "son" instead of "sun" in this effort. It could have gone either way as there is a lot of light and shadows in this painting.
This is the first painting when I froze my hands but it was worth it. I thought it deserved a bigger format so this is it. I added one more set of cotton tail tracks but otherwise it is pretty much like the inspiration.

Monday, August 24, 2015

686 Rocky Shoreline

Revisiting a past canoe trip... Thursday, June 10, 2004...
This is the view from "Margaritaville" very late in the afternoon. I was having a great time wasting away again in my canoe. In fact this was the best place to be as the mosquitoes had conquered and were still holding terra firma. I painted this from the canoe and didn't worry too much about detail.

685 Entrance to McCrae Falls

A blast from 11 years ago... Thursday, June 10, 2004 to be exact.
This is the view from the bridge that was built around 2001for the snowmobiles to get across McCrae Falls. I was looking eastward toward the water about to spill over the falls. All I could hear was the sound of the water. I was all alone at McCrae.. except for the two billion mosquitoes. I could also hear the buzzing of the mosquitoes.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

849 La Cloche

Started around 2 pm Thursday, October 5th, 2006
On Thursday afternoon,  I canoed George Lake... inspected A.Y. Jackson Lake and Little Sheguiandah Lake. I set up my easel on the large point just west of the portage to Freeland Lake. The La Cloche Mountains just to the west across George Lake were an inspiring site. The wind had veered around to the north and I had to get in the shelter of the spruce trees on the point. The painting just flowed. #0851 "The Sun of La Cloche" is the bigger version inspired by this sketch.

Friday, July 31, 2015

842 Killarney Light

Monday, October 2nd, 2006
On Monday afternoon the group with the Southampton Art School Killarney Paint-out kind of scattered. I headed back to the lighthouse at the eastern end of Ontario Street. I set up looking upward and northeasterly at the Killarney Lighthouse. I stood just above the wave line. If this had been an ocean front lighthouse, I wouldn't have taken the chance standing so close to the water edge because of rogue waves.
The sound of the wind and the waves filled the air. I painted hard from 2 to just after 4 pm. There were so many rocks and shapes that I got lost several times in the details.