Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Canoe Lake Cemetery

This past July I went on a kind of pilgrimage, to see the "possible" grave site of Tom Thomson. After reading the most recent and comprehensive account of his life story and all the circumstances and people surrounding his death, I felt more compelled than ever to visit the place where it all happened.

The grave site is the Canoe Lake Cemetery, formerly the Mowat Cemetery, up on a hill, deep in the woods of Algonquin. There are only a few graves. Just outside of the little picket-fence cemetery is a small white cross, marking the place where (some say) Thomson still lies.

The site is dominated by a beautiful old birch tree. This kind of tree usually only lasts up to forty years, but this one is almost 100 years old. The tree was planted in 1915 by a couple beside their son's grave, Alexander Hayhurst, who died of diphtheria.

The whole place has a supernatural feel to it, a small ancient cemetery deep in the woods with no signs or markers, no people, and no evidence that anyone comes by, just the old birch rising up above.

- Pat

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Catching Up, Pt. 2: Museum

A few weeks ago, Pat and I went to the Royal Ontario Museum to do some sketching. I suspect my colour choices here have been heavily influenced by Pat's own. Things were so hectic that I didn't get a chance to post this at the time (November? Who knows).

- Liz

Catching Up, Pt. 1: Zoo

At the zoo.

- Liz

Friday, December 9, 2011

Us and Them

It's been hard to get much artwork done while we finish up our schooling, but over the past week I was able to steal a few hours for this piece on the theme "Us and Them". I got some great shots of the white pine rising up in the back of the painting on my trip to Algonquin Park this summer, one of the tallest on the lake. I'm working on two more paintings that I will post about, hopefully soon.

- Pat