MONTREAL BY NIGHT 24×30 Acrylic on canvas 2010
Commissioned by clients in Montreal. I looked at images of Montreal at night from the 1970s. There were two colours that stuck out. One was a ocher and the other was a teal blue/pale green colour. The other two dominant colours are red and blue from the Montreal Canadians hockey team. Here are three colour palettes I started with to make the painting.
I think I’ll revisit painting Montreal again. It is one of my favourite cities in Canada.
Above: Studio Building – Then and Now
I’ve been reading a fair about Tom Thomson’s life and about the Group of Seven activities during 1918-1928. I went to visit the historic Studio Building last week on Severn Street.
It’s the building Lawren Harris had commissioned in which the group painted regularly. Tom’s cabin, which was originally near to the building, was moved to the grounds of the McMichael Gallery in Kleinberg. The front windows of the building have been changed which are not nearly as useful now that it sits in the shadow of the condos Canadian Tire built after a long legal battle. you can read more about the history of the building here.
It would be nice to work in the building while working on paintings that responded to their works. Perhaps I’ll investigate space availability.