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Dear ART Friends,

The winter for me brings on a weird sense of hibernation. I, in fact, know I’m not the only person who suffers from winter blues. Plus, the unbelievable cold weather doesn’t help to lighten the spirit.

I’m painting in the home studio these days or hardly painting when it’s bleak and grey outside. Instead of sitting in my easel chair, I tend to organize my office, listen to podcasts and tackle the mounds of tax paperwork until the bright sun shines through my studio window. The paperwork is now completed; neatly separated by months and categories and soon will be in someones else’s capable hands so I can focus on the business of making art.

Tom Thomsons painting of Tom Thomson's In Algonquin Park, 1914.

Tom Thomson’s In Algonquin Park, 1914. (McMichael Canadian Art Collection)







After looking outside at the crazy amount of snow today and yesterday, I’m listening to this podcast on CBC about the famous artist Tom Thomson and the last day of his life. I thought I would share it with you in case you like to stream podcasts for entertainment as I do to keep the winter at bay. I have always connected with this artists work…the flow of his expressive lines, the depth of color and bright palette not well utilized by other artists and, definitely not fashionable in the early 1900s of Canadian art. I love how he has captured the mood of the sunny winter hill in this painting. You can just see the clouds in the sky moving quickly across the snow creating all sorts of patterns, color and amazing lines created by the shadow of the trees.

Tom Thomson was and is a well known Canadian artist. He died in Algonquin Park on July 8, 1917. The podcast covers parts of the last months of his life and is re-lived through a twitter account set up by Tim Bouma. Tim lives in the same area of Algonquin Park where Tom had a cabin in the woods.

Please share your thoughts in the comment section below.

P.S. I’ve been working with the Medicine Hat Health Foundation on a painting for their up and coming event on April 6th. It’s called ” Dare to be There” The goal of this fundraiser is to complete the Emergency Expansion at the hospital. If you’re interested in seeing my completed painting at the event and would like to attend, Click here for the website and ticket details!
Thanks for reading,