Plein Air paintings / Montreal & Ontario

Montreal & Ontario paintings from my recent roadtrip and boat journey.

From Montreal past Ottawa, through Renfrew and down along the highways to Bancroft,  Haliburton & Muskoka, spectacular leaves and gently rolling  forest throughout. Dropped my Mum off to visit with family in Midland, a day out painting with local artists at Balm Beach and then 3 days up at Port Severn Lodge. Water, water everywhere. And we caught the peak of the tree color just right. So lucky with the weather.

11×14 Acrylic on Panel   “the crossing – Hudson Quebec”

Plein Air -8×10 Acrylic on Panel   “Finnigans farm – Hudson Quebec”

Plein Air – 8×10 Acrylic on Panel   “Dawn shoreline”  Balm Beach, Ontario

Plein Air – 8×10 Acrylic on Panel   “Closed for the season”  Balm Beach, Ontario

Plein Air -8×10 Acrylic on Panel   “Marsh reflections #1”  Severn Lodge trails

Plein Air -6×8 Acrylic on Panel   “Georgian Bay Trees #1 ” Honeymoon Bay Beausoleil Island

Plein Air -6×8 Acrylic on Panel   “Georgian Bay Trees #1 ” Honeymoon Bay Beausoleil Island

I will be working further on some more small panels from the many photos that I took on the boat journey through the islands and around Honeymoon Bay. Some water views of course that you could not have painted on location. One day painting on the island  just not enough – but I am sure there will be other travel to the area somewhere in the future. Most of these panels will be for sale at my upcoming Verandah Show as part of the Sunshine Coast Art Crawl – OCT 20/21

After dropping off our rental car in downtown Toronto – I managed to take in a fabulous Group of 7 collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto. The Thompson Collection. (not Tom but Ken Thompson)  the most significant private art collection in Canada. With some 300 works from the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson it was a stunning collection of fabulous works – some never published or publicly shown before. Hundreds of those small cigar box panels…fresh and loose as if they had just brought them back to camp.

It was enough to bring tears to these old eyes after a few days of attempting to capture this local landscape color and character.
What a precious legacy they left for us wandering the trails and lakeshore with their brushes.


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