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What I see becomes a sort of visual illumination, like a match struck unexpectedly in the dark, a gift, lighting my path into wonder -Virginia Woolf


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Orienteering Homer Watson’s painting sites 7

This painting is of a maple tree that was planted in 1857. It is missing a few limbs and has a few growths on it. The yellow house beyond the trees was Homer Watson’s birth place on Tilt drive in Doon. This watercolour painting is on Inshu gampi, about as thick as cigarette paper and looks a bit like wax paper but has much more sheen. Amazingly it holds paint, in a most wonderful manner. Come see it in the exhibition of this project, In Homer Watson’s Footsteps opening June 21 from 2-4.

May 16 2015 530pm May 16, 2015 5:30pm

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Orienteering Homer Watson’s painting sites 5

In Doon there is a wooded area called Tilt’s bush, a woodlot and a large marsh. It is surrounded by houses and is newly acquired by the City of Kitchener. I have enjoyed many walks here and love that there are no trails and there are old trees. Lots of hemlock fir trees that cast a wonderful light green glow on the snow. This first image was painted outdoors using vodka and water and the paint did not freeze until it was on the paper. It looked like an encaustic painting with snow flakes sitting on the paper when I finished. I brought it to the car and drove off only to see after 10 minutes that it had puddled and was moving around. When it dried it looked more like the snowing scene I was witnessing.
January 9 2015 315 pmJanuary 9, 2015 3:15 pm
January 2 2015 400 pm cJanuary 2, 2015 4:00 pm
January 4 2015 330 pmJanuary 4, 2015 3:30 pm
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Orienteering Homer Watson’s painting sites 2

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.

September 28 2014 200pm September 28, 2014 2:00 pm, wc on washi

September 28 2014 330 2 September 28, 2014 3:30 pm, wc on washi

The National Gallery of Canada has a very large collection of Homer’s paintings and drawings. If you wish, this link will take you to the area in the NGC website that pertains to Homer Watson – http://www.gallery.ca/en/see/collections/artist_work.php?iartistid=5802 Thanks to Laura Mabee at HWHG for this information.

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