Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Georgian Bay Pines

A reminder to members of City Daily Photo: the theme for January 1st is your best or favourites of the year.

Carrying on with this tour of the Ottawa Art Gallery, here we have Arthur Lismer's Georgian Bay Pines, dating to 1962. Lismer was another member of the Group of Seven.

As was J.E.H. Macdonald. This 1921 graphite sketch by the artist is called Little Turtle Lake.

This is Foothills, Arizona, by Yvonne McKague Housser, done in 1950. Not a member of the Group, she did exhibit with them on occasion, and was a founder of the larger Canadian Group of Painters, along with members of the Group of Seven.

Back to the Group of Seven. A.Y. Jackson was another of their members, and this is Fitzroy Harbour, a 1969 painting. Jackson was a personal friend of the Firestone family, who had connections with the Group as a whole.

Jackson gave a pair of his snowshoes to the family.

Jackson painted Canoe Lake, Algonquin Park around 1963.

Water's Edge, Duhamel, Quebec is a 1968 painting by Jackson.

Near Perth is another Jackson painting.

And today I finish things off with another Jackson memento he gave to the Firestones: one of his sketchboxes.


  1. Thanks for showing us those. Well worth enlarging and spending some time absorbing.

  2. Snow shoes! When I was a kid we had snow. Enough for skiing...

  3. I am not sure whether you know it, but Steve Martin, the American actor is a huge booster of the Group of Seven. Bravo for him.

  4. These are a wonderful series!I really love this type of art.

  5. The sketchbox looks like a painting!

  6. It is always a pleasure to see these paintings.

  7. Wonderful pictures. My snowshoes sure look different from those. I like the Fitzroy Harbor painting the best.

  8. I didn't know about the Arizona connect nor about Jackson painting local scenes -- Fitzroy and Perth.

  9. ...they look gnarled by the extreme weather.

  10. I like the painting 'Fitzroy Harbour' with those wonderful reflections.

  11. These are a part of our visual history.

  12. Of course my favorite is Foothills of Arizona.

  13. These are most enjoyable paintings. I think I was in school learning how to paint and sketch at the same time some of these were painted...and thus I'm pretty humble.

  14. I think my fav out of this series is Fitzroy Harbour, the sketchboxes are a fantastic memento ✨

  15. @John: you're welcome.

    @Iris: I like cross country skiing. Haven't done any yet this season.

    @Francisco: thank you.

    @David: I did know that. He curated an exhibit of Lawren Harris paintings in the States two or three years ago.

    @Kathie: I love it too.

    @Marie: so do I.

    @Sandi: it does.

    @Catarina: true!

    @DJan: Fitzroy Harbour is not far from here, but I've never photographed there.

    @Anvilcloud: I wasn't too familiar with Housser, but it makes sense for Jackson to have painted locally, as he lived around here for several years later in life.

    @Tom: some of them do!

    @Jan: I do as well.

    @RedPat: they are.

    @Sharon: it would be.

    @Barbara: well, in these cases, Jackson would have been painting later in life. The Group as a formal team were from forty or so years earlier.

    @Grace: Fitzroy Harbour seems quite popular among my readers.

  16. As soon as I saw some of these paintings I recognised them immediately as being by the Group of Seven.

  17. I really like A.Y. Jackson's art.

  18. Very creative artist of nature ~ neat capture of the artwork ^_^

    Happy Moments to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  19. I don't know any of these painters. Some paintings are real nice !

  20. Canadian art is amazing in the emotional strength of the paintings.

  21. I really enjoy A.Y. Jackson's work.

  22. I'll bet those are fantastic when one is standing in front of them. Tweeted.

  23. Very talented artists and it is difficult to choose a favorite.

  24. I like this series of paintings. Also, that sketchbook is a piece of art in itself!

  25. @Rosemary: their general style was quite distinctive.

    @Red: I do too.

    @Carol: thanks!

    @Karl: me too.

    @Gattina: thank you.

    @Maywyn: definitely.

    @Bill: he was quite an artist.

    @Catalyst: he draws people in.

    @Mari: they are.

    @Alexandria: thanks!

    @Happyone: thank you.

    @Michelle: that it is.

  26. How nice the sketch box came with part of the collection.

  27. I was going to say how much I liked all the paintings you featured. Then I saw the sketchbox and that just took the big prize as my favorite thing. I love it.

  28. Looks like plenty of cool things in Ottawa

  29. i always wish i had the snow to use snow shoes . ... lol!! ( ;

  30. I like the graphite sketch called Little Turtle Lake …

    All the best Jan

  31. @Joanne: I think so.

    @Jeanie: thanks.

    @Jennifer: me too.

    @Linda: you're welcome.

    @Dora: there are.

    @Beth: I've snow shoed a couple of times.

    @Jan: I do as well.