Occasional thoughts,reminiscences and ideas from the artist Darrell Baschak
Thursday, March 29, 2012
Thinking of Tom Thompson
I figure Tom Thompson definitely is Canada's greatest painter. He was a man who was most comfortable outside, like me, and painted the majority of his paintings plein air. These paintings are often called "sketches" but actually in many cases are superior to his studio paintings because of their freshness and vitality. He was not a rich man (like me) and often painted on wood panels that he would salvage from work sites (like me). I love how the grain of these wood panels show through his finished works as they uncannily add to the painting. Many have tried to replicate this effect (like me) to no avail. I figured I'd try anyways cause the Lord hates a coward. I title this painting Morning Shadows, it is painted on a birch panel and is 10 x 12 inches in size.