"Dry Wind"

This is based on Tom Thomson’s “The West Wind” which is a painting he never finished. Tom once told Winnie Trainor, his fiancée that this unfinished canvas “grieved” him. He wasn’t certain at all how he was going to get it done. He never did as he died on July 8th, 1917 but that is another story to be finally told in its entirety by my friend Roy Macgregor.

My version of “The West Wind” includes turbulent stratocumulus much the same as Tom’s but with a stronger wind. One of the characteristics of climate change is that storms will be more violent and energetic. Heat is fuel for these storms and there will be plenty of heat.

As well, the wind swept bay in “The West Wind” could even now be a marsh of cattails and grasses. In my version, the strong winds create waves in the grasses as the water levels are now lower and the marshes have moved in.

Water resources will certainly decline across most of North America with climate change. Evapouration will increase with increased temperatures and rainfall patterns will shift with the jet stream. The water levels of the Great Lakes have already started a serious decline. The Great Lakes is the largest system of fresh, surface water on Earth. Only 1% of the Great Lakes volume is renewed on an annual basis. Using more than 1% of the volume in a year will reduce the lake levels beyond natural renewal. The water levels of the Great Lakes have declined enough to restrict the loads on ships. Lake Huron is near record low values.

Lake level of White Bear Lake near Great SuperiorMacy's Bay on Georgian Bay, May 15, 2000Lake Huron shoreline near Georgian Bay, Canada. Researchers have found a gradual decline in water level in Lake Huron.

The water level in the Great Lakes has varied by only about two meters during the last century. In the 21st century the water levels have done nothing but decline.

The distant hills have a tinge of “mountain pine beetle” orange. The winters are no longer cold enough for long enough to prevent the spread of the mountain pine beetle. Temperatures down to -30 °C to -40 °C for at least several days, or at least twelve hours of -40 or lower is what is required to kill most mountain pine beetles.

You might notice the embellishment of my signature. The leg on the "k" is a small capital "T" followed by a real "T". I thought it only appropriate since the inspiration came from Tom.

Water mixable oils on burnt sienna oil tinted commercial canvas 14x18 inches. Started Friday January 22nd, 2010. Painting Place the Chadwick Condo Gallery.

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