Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wind, Waves and Weather with Phil Chadwick

Date & Time: May 27-29th, 9am-4pm
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate    
AdultMaterial List Available Here

In this three day, outdoor painting course, students will learn about painting water, and everything surrounding it! Situated on the shores of gorgeous Lake Huron, students will learn about weather patterns and how they directly affect the water, skies, and the great moods of the Great Lakes! The instructor will be painting in oils, but watercolours and acrylics are also welcome.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Phil the Forecaster's Guide to Cloud Identification

Environment Canada used my cloud picture library to publish the following. The weather is your friend once you get to know it... There is a story behind every cloud and it is important to be weather-wise.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Artistic Journeys...Enjoy the ride

The artistic journey really needs to be unique on the verge of getting lost. You do not get anywhere new by following someone else. In 2018 it seems like everything has been said and done already. It would seem that creative repetition and artistic journey overlaps are unavoidable. Even though similar brush strokes might have been completed before it is still the first time for me. There are only so many ways that one can dip the hairy end of a brush in the paints and transfer those pigments to a canvas.
As I progressed from photographic realism when I started my trip with Mario Airomi in the late 1960's to what I do today, the inspiration has remained unchanged - the natural world. I do not get the same zing from anything person-made. My style has indeed loosened up but the shapes, colours, values and texture I paint on the canvas can be found in nature if you look hard enough. Those same characteristics can also be found in those early canvases at the start of my journey.

Today Vincent Van Gogh would have become a five score plus senior citizen born 165 years ago in 1853. He started his artistic journey late at the age of 27 or 28. He painted an average of two paintings a week completing almost 900 canvases by the time he died at the age of 37 in 1890. He also left behind 1100 drawings on paper. He never knew how many lives he would touch in a good way.

I try very hard to paint like "me" but for sure there are canvases where our journeys look like they overlapped although I am not Vincent or Tom for that matter. My journey still needs to be unique to me. I may not know where I am going but I am not lost either.

The painting above, #0588 "Downburst" from July 2002 is mid journey for me. It hangs in Vancouver now. My supporter really likes it but also has it on the secondary art market. Some might see some Vincent influence in it.

Happy Birthday Vincent and thank you... from Phil the Forecaster

PS: I needed meteorology to support my artistic life style. There is weather every day... and I am really enjoying the ride!
 For this and more art...

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Have Brush Will Travel – But not too far

A plein air artist does not need to go very far within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere (FAB). The beauty of the FAB rivals anything you might find elsewhere in Canada or even the south of France. The Amazing Places of all Biospheres and FAB in particular, remain largely undiscovered but maybe we can change that – just like the Group of Seven immortalized Algonquin. The Group of One will travel with his “Paletten” and paint with you within the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. With the GPS location we will rendez-vous near 9 am and paint all day. If you are visiting away from home, all levels and types of accommodation may be found in the FAB from the resorts of The Opinicon at Chaffey’s Locks and the condos of the 1000 Islands Village east of Brockville to camping at Charleston Lake Provincial Park. Where you stay and eat is your choice although for sure, I can provide recommendations.
$100 per day including HST; Contact:
About this Plein Air Adventure —Meet at an Amazing Place Ready to Paint...
Phil will start each day with a short discussion followed by a demo which will emphasize a particular skill. Special emphasis will be placed on the techniques to compose, sketch and capture the particular plein air scene. The remainder of the morning and afternoon will be spent painting and having fun. 
Phil will give the participants individual attention. Although Phil will be teaching using oils, he is well versed in most mediums. It is not Phil’s intent to change, but rather to encourage a participant's individual style and allow them to soar to the next level or wherever they may want to go. Art should be fun … an adventure in making memories … Come… let’s paint.
Many locations have parking, washroom facilities and maybe even food… but you should bring water, sun screen and snacks. They also offer favourable morning and afternoon vistas so we do not waste any time traveling midday. Plan to start two paintings a day, one with the morning light and one with the afternoon light. There is no need to finish or polish that art… only learn.

The following map suggests three locations to start… 
One Amazing Place – 9 am at the Singleton Studio, 9 Long Reach Lane N44.52250 W76.104444 or with GPS put in 300 Red Horse Lake Road, Lyndhurst, K0E 1N0 … and follow the signs. 
Amazing Place Four - The Opinicon at Chaffeys Locks
Amazing Place Five - 1000 Islands Village eat of Brockville... 

There are thousands of reasons to visit the FAB... and they are not all islands. 

Plein Air Adventures for Artists at FAB Amazing Places
"Bring your art to life...with Colour, Light and Texture"

Phil… artist, canoeist and meteorologist.
Trained at Queen's University as a nuclear physicist, "Phil the Forecaster" has been a professional meteorologist since 1976. An avid canoeist, Phil believes that a fully equipped paradise needs only a quiet back lake, a canoe, art supplies and a fishing rod. As Phil says, "My desire is simply to get better - at art... life and fishing!"
This retreat is self-catered. Participants are to supply their own painting gear and food, suitable for spending a day outside. A suggested materials list is available upon request. A non-refundable 50% deposit is required upon booking.  
Local flavours and accommodation can meet all of your needs. 
A list of suggested supplies along with directions will be sent out upon sign-up.
Thank you :>))

Friday, February 2, 2018

Singleton Philly Celebrates Ground Hog Day

The answer is blowing in the wind... the jet stream is in the the typical ridge-trough pattern across Canada. Singleton remains in the cold trough in response to the warm ridge over the Rockies. Get used to it.

Weather I see my shadow or not is immaterial. The cold weather will continue through the spring. Computers worth a lot more than a Ground Hog Fur Coat have crunched the patterns. The Ground Hog inside that computer apparently only has access to a blue crayon. Cold... Get used to it especially over eastern Canada.

Singleton Philly never leaves the lake bit if he did, he would find that the equatorial Pacific has turned colder. Singleton Philly would diagnose that a weak La Niña (the blue crayon below the zero line to the right in the following graphic) has replaced the expected and aborted El Nino and expect it to continue until late spring... then La Nada with an inbetween ENSO pattern.
What does that mean for summer? Remember that climate change is real and that the Globe is really getting warmer. The computer ground hog was given yellow and orange crayons to colour the summer map (below). For Singleton, summer will indeed arrive and be near or warmer than normal... get used to it.

As far as this morning goes.. remember that Singleton Philly specializes in remote sensing. Why put your paws in harms way?
The cold trough and the northwesterly flow behind the cold front has created "circulation weather". Snowsqualls in the northwesterly flow off the Great Lakes are everywhere but not at Singleton.
The cirrostratus from the storm over the east coast is not nearly thick enough to block the dawn over Singleton. The new satellite is giving some terrific Water Vapour data!
So aside from from some patchy turbulent stratocumulus and some thin cirrostratus, Singleton Philly could certainly find some sun shining through the breaks in the cloud and maybe even see a somewhat ghostly shadow. 

Would such a shadow really scare Singleton Philly? Maybe because the ground hog in the computer says it is going to be a cold spring with six more weeks of winter weather anyway - just as the old saying goes when the scared Furcaster sees his shadows and scurries back into his hole in the ground. 
Regardless what happens, you can't please everyone so Singleton Philly relies on the facts - just the scientific facts. And he can do all of this using remote sensing technology with a hot coffee in his paw. Remember what Singleton Philly always says: everyone wants to see a tornado before they die......... but not just before they die. 

Remote sensing rules....

Sunday, January 14, 2018

The Art and Science of Tom Thomson 2018

I started doing these presentations first using overhead transparencies in the early 1980's - seems more than primitive now looking back 35 years later. When PowerPoint started in the mid to late 1980's I migrated everything to the new and very powerful tool. I never looked back.

It has been a slow process to increase the awareness of the inspiration that really moved Tom Thomson and his friends - artists who would later form the Group of Seven. In recent years I have had some wonderful assistance from others like Ciel Variable. This magazine covers contemporary art processes, new image technologies and matters related to global culture. See the Ciel Variable Article. Also see the Twitter Announcement.

There is also a display with some of my research regarding Tom Thomson at the BIOSPHÈRE,
ENVIRONMENT MUSEUM . I have not seen the display but I am sure that it is very professionally done.

I am in the process of rebuilding my on-line version of some of the research into the art and science of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven. The demise of the hosting website has required that I start over... it is harder to start again than it was to begin in the first place. Anyway the "rebuild" is a work in progress that I go to when not devoting my efforts to my own art or chores around Singleton. Here is the link to that site...The Art and Science of Tom Thomson 2018. I hope you enjoy it. There is some new weather research to be found there as well.

I still do some presentations but it is challenging to pry me away from the lake, my canoe(s) and my own art. Happy New Year!

Monday, December 11, 2017

Paint the Town Kingston 2017 - The Judge's Comments

"Another fine example of the sure hand and bold composition we've come to expect from the artist. Instantly recognizable stylistic approach – simplified, yet with sufficient detail to convey character. (I just checked, and found I'd said pretty much the same things last year!)

Because your “style” is so destinctive and predictable (not intended as a negative comment), I feel I have to suggest you ask yourself: Does your style serve the subject, or does the subject serve your style? Which do you consider more important? I guess the second question would be, does it matter?

As an example, Van Gogh's paintings are usually easily recognizable, yet his “style” tends to vary – perhaps in sympathy with his subject matter. Just a thought."

I was and am honoured to have anyone appreciate my art. Bruce, an Instructor at the Kingston School of the Art really thought about his comments... and they in turn, made me think as well. Thinking is always good. I seldom rework my plein air records in the studio when I get home. The effort seldom improves on the honest inspiration of the moment.

Here are my thoughts sparked by Bruce's observations...

My style as determined how the pigments "look" on the support does indeed vary. An early critic in the 1980's thought that my art varied too much. She didn't quite know who I was as an artist... maybe I was still finding myself as well. The classical education from Mario Airomi lent itself to photographic realism. The time and effort was not wasted as it was a great way to learn from the renaissance masters.

Certainly my style is influenced by the range of supports that I employ. I work on everything from coarse canvas to ultra-smooth panels. The age of the brushes and the oils also have a part to play within the brush strokes.

The subject matter is the vital element and I am very sensitive to the requirements and individuality of the motivation to record the particular star of the scene. My brushwork can be delicate and precise but can sometimes be jabs and slashes of raw colour. Of course the weather and the elements also play a major role – especially when I am out en plein air as I prefer to be.

Perfection can be over-rated. Sometimes the accidental strokes can subconsciously surface to reveal the soul of the subject. I try to preserve those imperfect but eloquent blobs of pigment. A thousand strokes striving for perfection can slay the soul of the painting.

To sum it up each painting and subject are individuals. My respect for them is always high which is why I decide to devote considerable effort in recording them anyway. My bold approach to colours and brushstrokes should be the recurring theme through my work. The influences above do influence this boldness but the distinctive passion for painting must always shine through.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Paint the Town Kingston 2017

Paint the Town Kingston 2017 is on at the Window Art Gallery! There are over 40 pieces in the show and it looks great! The attached poster tells the story. The Reception is this Sunday Dec 10th from 2 - 4 p.m. Hope to see you there!

There are larger sized posters in the office for $5 each if you would like one for your home. Paint the Town is in affiliation with the International Plein Air Painters (IPAP). and their Annual World-wide Paint Out. Art is all about being creative and making memories - sometimes with like-minded friends. There is a tremendous amount of organization and planning behind the scenes that make these paint outs so successful and so much fun.The Annual World-wide Paint Out is a Friday through Sunday event sometime in early to mid September.
I have been participating with Paint the Town Kingston for at least four years now... I forget. I really immerse myself into the oils for three solid days and am looking forward to 2018 already. In 2017 I completed ten pieces in those three days. That is about standard when I am in the creative zone. They are all posted on as well as on Fine Art America within the IPAP Gallery. Here is the link to the last painting from the 2017 Paint the Twon. This one is on display at the Window Art Gallery and included in the poster - thank you!
 #2023 "184 York"

Sunday, November 26, 2017

The Artistic Journey of Phil the Forecaster Chadwick

Phil's artistic journey started in 1967 at the small cottage just east of the 1000 Islands Village which is home to the River West Company. Now in 2017, Phil and his art has returned home.

 The master artist Mario Airomi lived in that cottage and took Phil under his brush as his protege. Phil would ride his bike along the Old Kings Highway from Brockville for the Saturday lesson. Phil enjoyed a classical training in the arts until Mario passed away in 1976. That was the same year that Phil Graduated from Queens with a degree in nuclear physics. Mario was more than a friend and a teacher providing a start into the world of art.
A 36 year career in meteorology with Environment Canada combined both art and science. Every cloud has a tale to tell just like every stroke of a brush. Phil never stopped painting and works mostly "en plein air" in oils. Being retired he can now paint and paddle all the time.

Phil lives and paints out of passion for the natural world - inspired by nature to see beyond the surface and to share the experience - a vision in pigment and texture. The immediate goal is to extract the maximum amount of inspiration from the moment and have fun doing it while surrounded by and immersed in the natural elements. Somehow the soul of the scene finds its way into the paint and the canvas is an everlasting memory of that moment.

Phil's goal is to make the next painting his new favourite and to improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colour and bold strokes! Art is a way of life and is all about making memories. Much of this art can be viewed on Pixels at
The River West Co is the exclusive provider of Phil's art in the 1000 Islands Village just west of Mario Airomi's Cottage. What goes around... comes around. Life is good!