Sunday, July 24, 2022


 There is a collection of these field sketches by Tom Thomson gathered together. Thomson, along with the various friends who would later call themselves the Group of Seven, would paint on these small canvases directly in the field and then transfer their ideas to a larger canvas in their studios.

This painting is a Thomson. Moonlight was done over the winter of 1913-14.

Spring Ice is a 1916 painting by Thomson.

Here we have two sketches that would later be transferred by J.E.H. MacDonald into a final work. 

Gleam On The Hills is a 1921 painting by MacDonald, based on the two 1918 sketches above.

Close by, another example of the mixing of indigenous and mainstream art.

Spirit Of The Forest- Mother Nature is by John Marston, dating to 2013.

This display case includes intricate bead and needle work by indigenous artisans.


  1. ...landscape paintings are among my favorite styles.

  2. Especially some wonderful landscapes again.

  3. @Italiafinlandia: indeed.

    @Mystelios: I think so.

    @Iris: they stand out.

    @Tom: these are good examples.

    @Jan : thank you.

  4. From time to time, William, Group of Seven paintings come up for auction. I know you will be keeping an eye out since you would want to acquire one and send it to me for safekeeping. I have just the spot on my wall for it.

  5. The wooden mask looks so alive!

  6. Hello,
    Beautiful art work, the mask is cool. Have a happy day and great new week!

  7. They couldn’t just take a photo for reference in those days.

  8. The group of seven was a very talented group of artists.

  9. Los trabajos de artesanía indígenas son muy interesantes y dice mucho de la antigua cultura de ese pueblo.

  10. I never get tired of looking at their paintings.

  11. This is a wonderful way of displaying this work.

  12. @David: hah!

    @Sandi: it does.

    @Eileen: thank you.

    @Magiceye: I think so.

    @Anvilcloud: they could not.

    @Sharon : definitely.

    @mirada: thanks.

    @Catarina: me too.

    @RedPat: I agree.

    @Marie: you're welcome.

    @Bill: I think so too.

  13. Moonlight and the mask are the ones I am drawn to in this collection.

  14. I didn't realize they did the studies in the field and then the larger canvases in the studio. That makes a huge lot of sense. I wasn't as familiar with Thompson's work as the others. Thanks for the introduction.

    1. It's a lot easier than a full canvas and a two day hike into a given spot.

  15. These canvas paintings are cute and petite. His name Tom Thomson also makes tongue twister too lol.

  16. Good idea to use small canvases first to remember the changing colours.