Thursday, April 20, 2017

Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman with Phil the Forecaster Chadwick

"Join artist and meteorologist Phil "the Forecaster" Chadwick in a perspective- changing look at the genius of Tom Thomson as an artist through the weather and inspired him...."
If there ever was a year to study the art of Tom Thomson, this is it, a hundred years after his passing. Canada lost a gifted artist way too soon. What might he have produced?
A chance inquiry from a friend at Killbear Provincial Park has grown into a tour of other Provincial Parks in late August... with maybe more on the way. I like to make every trip away from the lake count. Each presentation will be a bit different depending upon the interests of the group. Here is what I know so far..
Killbear Provincial Park Tuesday August 29th 8 pm
Algonquin Wednesday August 30th, 8 pm
Arrowhead Thursday August 31st, 8 pm
Bonnechere Friday September 1st, 8 pm
I will update this list and times...I arrive early and stay late to answer any questions. I've even been known to talk about the weather...

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Leslie Allen - A fantastic Colorado artist with Ontario Roots

Leslie Allen is a terrific and very prolific artist - she is up to 3000 works - and a very good friend. She wrote the following article about me for her newsletter.

I continue to paint up a storm... just posted a freezing rain sky this morning - #1906  "Sunrise Freezing Rain Deformation Zone" 
My art is appearing on coffee cups and shower curtains around the Globe... as created through Life is too much fun and I am not making this stuff up ...

Friday, March 24, 2017

Summer 2017 Dumoine River Art Camp

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) -Ottawa Valley Chapter (OV) will be hosting their first annual Dumoine River Art Camp from August 2-7, 2017. The Art Camp will bring together artists working in different mediums and from communities across Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. Applications close on April 30, 2017
I will be there painting with Aleta Karstad. It will be fun! ...
Here is a sample of the work I create en plein air while on a canoe trip... I think it important to have a meteorologist/weather person with you on every outing :>)

For more information about me... and my art - Chadwick Art House. 

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Canoe Lake Paddle 2016

Life is all about place and for me, Canoe Lake is one of those special places. I paddled between 19 and 23 kilometres on Sunday October 2nd 2016 around the perimeter of Canoe Lake. Apparently it took about 7000 paddle strokes to go the distance. My forty-six Canoe Lake paintings based on that paddle tally to 3291.7 square inches not counting the larger panels based on those smaller works. I am sill painting those larger canvases.
The circled numbers on the map of Canoe Lake indicates the location of each of those paintings. There are still some gaps and I need to go back and 'phil' those in.
The Canoe Lake Pilgrimage Paddle Paintings can be found at

PS: Phil’s Ongoing “Magazines” including my growing self-published book on Tom Thomson, my own art, Canadiana and even some humour...

PSS: Here is a link to my Canoe Lake Gallery on Pixels.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Paint Ontario 2017

If you follow my posts, you will know it takes a lot to pry me from home. I quite enjoy spending my time paddling, painting and enhancing the location natural world. Friends encouraged me to enter the Paint Ontario Show. Being the 150 Anniversary of Canada and the unfortunate centennial of the passing of Tom Thomson also prompted me to venture forth. I submitted three pieces and all were accepted - maybe I am doing something right as a Hermit...I know I continue to paint up a storm. Life is good at the lake... very good...
For more information, please visit
I will keep you posted...

Sunday, February 12, 2017

The Southampton Arts Centre and Art School

I started my happy association with Southampton in 2016... this will be eleven years and it coincides with the 60th Anniversay of the School. The Southampton Art School started in 1957 under the Directorship of Bert Henderson and an advisory board of such renowned artists as A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville and Lawren P. Harris - famous artists you might remember. Forty-nine years later, I was the first artist in residence in 2006 and looking back, I am still driving the same car... it is getting to be my signature paint-mobile.

 Here are my two Southampton Paint-Outs for 2017. They will be fun. Come and paint with us.

The Southampton Art School and Group of Seven share a lot of history. The Group also share a lot of history with Killarney. A.Y. Jackson was instrumental in the creation of Killarney Provincial Park. Franklin Carmichael, Arthur Lismer and A. J. Casson also painted in Killarney. Now it is an annual event for the Southampton Art School and Phil the Forecaster to paint in the park in early October. Life is very good!
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Friday, January 20, 2017

Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven

As many of you know, I have been presenting my version of the art of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven since the mid 1980's. There is still much to learn and present. 2017 will be a busy year with a century passing since the tragic loss of one of Canada's finest artists, Tom Thomson.
A search of the web will reveal the time and location of presentations for you to enjoy but these are some of the ones where I will be participating.

2017 is also Canada 150 so there is no better time to celebrate the Canadian Culture. Embrace and support it!

The Natural World: Tom Thomson's Inspiration, Thursday, March 23, 2017

Southampton Art School 2017
Wind, Waves and Weather August 24-26th
Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman, Thursday, August 24th at the Bruce County Museum
The Killarney Adventure with Phil Chadwick October 2-6th

Oxtongue Lake Community Centre  during Hike Haliburton: Tom Thomson and Group of Seven Celebrations - Saturday September 23rd 2017. Presentation

I have an on-line version of my Tom Thomson book as one of my Magazines which can be found at Enjoy

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Aquatarium Tuesday November 1st, 2016

What a great venue! Please come to the Aquatarium on Tuesday November 1st. I will be doing a little bit of Tom Thomson but also talking about the weather for this coming winter - maybe some climate change - bring your questions ... it will be fun!

Here is some very recent art as well from the IPAP Paint-Out in Portsmouth Harbour.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman at Bon Echo Provincial Park
I will be doing this presentation at the Bon Echo PP Amphitheater on Saturday August 13th... in the Amphitheatre at 7 pm... It will be fun. Come and support the park...

The above is a study of one of Tom's records that he observed. There is a lot of meteorology in this one! The paint just flowed as I painted. On close examination Tom's brush strokes were really fast and furious. It would have been dark as well and tough to see if by lantern light or the light of the full moon. His brush picked up paint from either side of his stroke and blended them together. There were really not many double strokes so the colours still remained unmixed.