Tuesday, May 20, 2014

2014 Courses with Phil the Forecaster Chadwick...

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Wilson Street Studio Art Retreat in the Kawartha Highlands - Canoe and Paint with Phil the Forecaster.For more details, follow the links ... hope to have a full Group of Eight! August 6-10, 2014.

Southampton Art School Phil's Courses
wind, waves and weather en plein air 
with Phil Chadwick date & time: August 22-24, 9am-4pm
Spend all day with Phil searching for interesting subjects and enjoying the weather. Begin to see colour!
making waves on Chantry Island
with Phil Chadwick date & time: August 25-27, 9am-Spend three full days learning the fine points of painting water and everything surrounding it! Situated on the shores of gorgeous Lake Huron, students will directly experience Chantry Island. Join Phil while he shares his passion for weather patterns and how they affect the water, skies and the Great Lakes' great moods. Although the instructor will be painting in oil, acrylics and watercolours are also welcome.

Killarney- Artist’s Workshop at Charlton Lake with Phil Chadwick... All experience levels are welcome. Phil will tailor the program to suit participants’ backgrounds and expectations. The workshop will include plenty of “outdoor time” for exploration, inspiration, and nature painting. Sunday, September 21 to Wednesday, September 24, 2014.
Phone 1-877-587-3474 (toll-free); Web: www.charltonlakecamp.com; Email:

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Tree Frogs

Spring comes alive. The loons are back and squabbling over territories. Turkeys are gobbling and strutting around. We have heard whippoorwills as well.
The attached image of a very handsome tree frog was taken on our window sill. The call was so loud that we thought he was in the home. It is incredible that a sound so loud and piercing can come from a creature the size of your thumb! I assume it is a "he" but I do not really know. He was having a conversation with another nearby frog and I assume was trying to attract a mate. There are a lot of things I do not know!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

No new posts... Abducted by Aliens?

Spring has been very busy but not with art.
One of my many tragic flaws is that things like "art" come after all the chores are done. I need peace in the kingdom to paint. My wife calls this "food-shelter and clothing" and doesn't think my tragic flaw is nearly strong enough. However I have been fixing the plumbing, doing drywall and wall painting. Trimming trees and cutting grass is also in the list now. We also had family and guests here for two and a half weeks and that time was very well spent taking walks and playing... four grand children keep life very interesting!
If that wasn't enough I have also been doing weather and climate change presentations. I have a major week-long meteorological training session coming up as well.
When those are done, I plan to paint up a storm. I hope the time away from the brushes might inspire some successful paintings when I get back to the easel.
Here is an image of a six and a half gray rat snake that lives nearby and shares the property. I used a tape measure to get my measurement  exact. I think I have seen this snake before - we are friends :>))