|Spring Ice, 1916|
A documentary film festival was held this past weekend in our little town. One of the highlights was the film "West Wind: The Vision of Tom Thomson". We were honoured to have producer/director Peter Raymont and producer/researcher Nancy Lang here to tell us about the making of the film.
|In Algonquin Park, 1914|
Thomson is considered to be the greatest colourist among Canadian painters. He grew up on a hilltop farm overlooking Owen Sound, and the landscape that he saw every day as he grew up, that body of water lined by a distant shore, is a subject he was drawn to over and over again as an artist.
Sometimes sickly as a child, he was allowed to take a year off school, to roam the forests and streams near his home. He became an accomplished swimmer, hunter and fisher, and developed a special connection with the woodland habitat.
|In the Northland, 1916|
A special website has been launched that gives us access to over 200 of Thomson's drawings and paintings, as well as details about the film. Have a look, and see why Thomson is widely considered to be foremost among all Canadian painters, someone who has defined for all of us the beauty of the Canadian wilderness.