Many, many, years ago I went for a drive ending up in Algonquin Provincial Park. Now, this was sometime before I decided to pursue a career as an artist. I was interested in art of course, but back in those days my interest was confined to viewing art produced by others, as I had no serious thoughts about changing careers. The trip to Algonquin was simply a weekend get-away. However, the trip through the park rekindled something that I had long since forgotten, my interest in nature, and this trip was to be the start of many trips to Algonquin that would culminate in my producing hundreds of sketches, drawings, and paintings, and the writing and illustrating of a book entitled, "Where Raven Plays: An Artist's guide to Algonquin Provincial Park".
Now, for those of you not familiar with Canada, Algonquin Provincial Park is located approximately 250 kilometers north from Toronto, in the province of Ontario. It is the province’s largest and oldest park. Algonquin was founded in 1893. It consists of approximately 7,700 square kilometers of semi-wilderness consisting of mixed forests containing hundreds of lakes and rivers. It is a paradise for all outdoor enthusiasts.
As well, Algonquin has a rich artistic heritage and was the painting grounds for Canada’s Group of Seven painters and the legendary Tom Thomson. Although the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson have passed into history their paintings and sketches continue to inspire and to lure present day artists to paint and sketch in the park.
As for me, despite my having sketched in the park for many years and having made hundreds of sketches, I continue to return to the park to enjoy the solitude that is Algonquin, and to make further sketches.
Opeongo Lake Access Watercolour Sketch
Opeongo Lake is located a few miles off of what is called the Corridor, Highway 60, and is the largest lake in Algonquin. It's a difficult lake to paddle recommended for only experienced canoeists.
Tree Stumps Watercolour Painting
We're talking no where in particular in this painting. While hiking we came upon a wet area and these stumps caught my interest. Capturing the detail of the decay became the challenge.