Many of Homer Watson’s paintings include views of the Grand River. Charlie Hill, recently retired Curator of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada shared that Homer painted a lot towards Blair which is down stream from his house in Doon.
Taking Mr. Hill’s observation in hand, two weeks ago Sasha, my son, and I rented a canoe and took a paddle from Freeport to Blair past the Homer Watson House and Gallery. I was particularly hopeful in finding a stand of pines along the river that are in one of his paintings now in the collection of the Kitchener Waterloo Art Gallery. It is called Moonlight along the Grand. We made a few stops allowing me to paint. Here are two, one from shore and one from the boat. There were a few younger pines.