My brain has been crammed with work lately and every night before I go to bed I read a biography about the painter, Tom Thomson. It helps me to escape dwelling about my ridiculous, chock-a-block commute to work, the adjustment of getting use to ‘real’ work again and urban life in general. For those of you familiar with Tom Thomson’s work, you will know that he was obsessed with capturing the Northern spirit on canvas. He lived in Algonquin Park for years – painting trees at different times of the years, capturing light, water and nature in general. Northern Influenced Tom Thomson:
Pine Trees at Sunset, Oil Sketch, 1915-1916.
My favourite picture of Tom Thomson (the dog looking dog into the water is great!)
I am not going to get into all the nitty gritty about his mysterious death (which I love reading about), or how I totally adore him for his love of Algonquin and all things outdoorsy (but I do!) or how he was an incredibly talented painter (which he was!). I just wanted to share his artwork with you… So here is some of my favourite images of Tom and his work.
Tom fishing in Algonquin, Canoe Lake. Spotted here.
One of Tom’s most well known painting, The Jack Pine, 1916 (the year before he died)
This may sound odd as it isn’t the most attractive of Thomson’s work but I truly feel like this next one captures Algonquin perfectly.
View From A Height, Algonquin Park. Spotted here.
Northern River, spotted here.
Maple Saplings, spotted here.
Sorry this one is so small. Smoke Lake. Spotted here.
As a dapper young man
Michael Gallery – excellent Gallery by the way. Go if you can!
Tom use to often stay at Canoe Lake in Algonquin Park during his time there. In August, I trekked over to the location of his original burial site at Canoe Lake with family and family friends. It is amazing to think about Mowat (what they called the ‘town’ settlement there) once had a population of 500! That would have been during the high of the logging boom. During Tom’s time it would have been mostly outdoorsmen types, cottagers and their families.
There are still some monuments to the past at Canoe Lake
An old boat.
Interested in how to get to Tom Thomson’s original burial site? Well I don’t just tell that to anyone! Email me!
p.s. it seems that this week’s theme has been ‘art’ – I just realized that so sorry for those of you feel like there has been an art overload. Completely, utterly unintentional!