Sunday, 30 March 2014


Some wonder why it’s important that we archive the efforts of contemporary artist in their effort to record such places as Algonquin and Killarney Provincial Parks. After all, it could be argued, the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson said what had to be said and through their efforts Canadians are aware of their natural heritage. I would argue that was then, and this is now, change, much change has taken place since the Group of Seven and Tom Thomson. Not to make light of the Group’s and Tom Thomson’s efforts for many of the sketches and paintings were quite remarkable, and from viewing their work we’re able to gain insight into our past history. However, and it’s worth repeating, that was then, and this is now. There have been many changes, and change must be recorded and archived if we’re to provide future generations with an accurate picture of  our progress towards the protection and preservation of our natural heritage.

It was with the help of artist Alexander Young Jackson that a bit of wilderness was set aside and protected, and that in time this bit of wilderness together with other bits of wilderness, came together to form what we now know as Killarney Provincial Park. Today, artists such as Danielle Gardner, Marlies Schoenefeld, and Pierre Sabourin, to name but a few, are promoting art in our Parks. With the efforts of these artists, and through their art, awareness of our Provincial Parks and the valuable natural resource that they shelter is being heightened, helping to preserve our natural legacy.

O.S.A. Lake viewed from The Crack    Graphite Drawing

It was with the help of A.Y. Jackson that a timber reserve was set aside on Trout Lake, now named O.S.A. Lake.

Island - O.S.A. Lake    Ink Wash Drawing  2006

A view from the Crack   Pen and Ink Sketch  2007

Killarney Lake    Graphite Study

I thought that I'd include this working study. Before committing to make a drawing I often make a number of studies to more-or-less acquaint myself with the subject, and work out the layout. More often than not once into the drawing everything changes, and the end result is entirely different. It's fun, though.

Killarney Lake      Graphite Drawing   2005

What did I tell you. Things change once you get into the drawing. 

Acid Lake       Graphite Drawing   2006

I thought that we'd come down off the ridges for a bit and visit various miscellaneous drawing and sketches. As I may have mentioned there's quite a few works attributed to Killarney Provincial Park, most of which have been donated to their collection for fund raising purposes.

Cave Lake   Graphite Drawing

Lumsden Lake    Graphite Drawing

Cranberry Bog              Graphite Drawing

Kakakise Lake     Graphite Field Sketch

View from Silver Peak     -    Pen and Ink Drawing

 Did I tell you about Silver Peak?
 No. Then next time we'll climb up to Silver Peak...........................

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