Thursday, October 26, 2017

Phil the Forecaster and the River West Company

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 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.
Now 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!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Phil the Forecaster Chadwick CPAWS Biography

Phil the Forecaster is a nuclear physicist turned meteorologist but has always been an artist. Phil Chadwick paints mostly "en plein air" in oils. Paddling and looking after nature rounds out the passion that Phil has for life and the environment.

I live and paint out of passion for the natural world. I am inspired by nature to see beyond the surface and to share the experience - a vision in pigment and texture. My 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 on to the canvas.

My simple desire is to make the next painting my new favourite and to improve in capturing the essence of the subject with lots of colouand bold strokes!

The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is dedicated to protect the biodiversity of  Canada through legislation and public education. The Ottawa Valley Chapter is working protect the Ottawa Valley and surrounding areas. The Frontenac Arch Biosphere has Singleton Lake right in the center. The area is truly unique and needs to be respected. Art as well as science have a big part to play in this endeavour.

Life is good ... very good! Plus you gotta laugh !

Saturday, September 30, 2017

#1643 "August Sunset"

This is the summer, sunset sky of Saturday August 1st, 2015 around 9 pm. The towering cumulus in the unstable summer air mass in the wake of a cold front were decaying with the setting sun. The lake was getting quiet again after a full day of boating and swimming. I swam everyday since May 15th and now the water was indeed very warm by comparison to that of mid spring.

Northwesterly breezes were sculpting the remains of these convective towers. I doubt that the cumulus were ever tall enough to deliver any precipitation. These winds carved tropical angel fish - actually an entire school. There are other things in the clouds like the USS Enterprise but I will leave them for you to discover.

Oils on medium burnt sienna oil tinted foundation on commercial canvas - 16 X 20 (inches).

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 the CPAWS website link with all of the details ... more fun than a flipped canoe!
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!
For these and other events check out my