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"Path Behind Mowat Lodge"

This is a classic Tom Thomson composition but I picked for its climate change message. Plus this was one of Tom's favourites as he even took time to sign it.

In a warmer atmosphere, snow will become less frequent with more of the precipitation arriving as rain. With less snow and warmer temperatures, the snow pack will melt sooner with the run-off getting to the rivers long before the growing season starts. The springs will be warmer and drier. Spring time drought will impact on planting success although tractors will be able to get on the fields sooner without sinking up to their axles. The old adage of never going out on the fields in a month containing an "a" will have to be rewritten.

The forest fire threat will begin sooner and fires are more apt to become severe with more disease and insect infected trees. There will also be abundant fuel debris on the forest floor. This path behind Mowat lodge would look like this on the snowiest day of the winter - never in spring ever again.

I didn't feel right signing "TOM THOMSON" in the lower right but I wanted to place the same colour there so I signed a block letter "CHADWICK" in a tinted yellow ochre. I also placed my typical signature in the lower right. I added the extra "T" to signify that this was inspired by a Tom Thomson composition.

From April 13, 1917 Balsam Boughs by ttlastspring "This morning I went out behind Mowat Lodge. The sun was strong, and the ice pellets that fell early in the morning quickly melted away by the strength of the sun’s rays. The snow is still deep in many places and along the paths that have been travelled on by sleds are still solid with the snow. I walked along a path and came upon a nice scene.

The path I sketched is one of several paths that run off from Gilmour Road down towards Canoe Lake. You can see the lake in the distance, still iced over but the ice is getting rotten and blue. Birch trees are on both sides of the path, and there is the occasional spruce tree. These paths were used to haul the pine logs down towards the lake and then towed up toward the sawmill."

Water mixable oils on medium burnt sienna oil tinted foundation on commercial canvas - 18 X 14 (inches) Started Wednesday around noon, March 24, 2010, the ninth anniversary of the passing of my Father Donald Nelson. Painting Place The Executive Studio, 55 Water Street, Brockville.

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Path Behind Mowat Lodge, Spring 1917