Thoreau MacDonald (J.E.H. MacDonald's son) and as recorded by Tom Thomson in the above sketch, wrote the perfect foreword to Ottelyn Addison's book... ``Tom Thomson : The Algonquin Years``
“Thomson’s work would be a fine study for some competent critic, but anyone attempting it should be familiar, not only with every phase of his work, but with the country too. He must know the trees, rocks, lakes, rivers, weather; to have them in his bones ..."
Meteorology was a relatively new science in the early 1900's. It would have been just too perfect if Thoreau had used that word in his foreword. The weather defines Tom's work and the Canadian psyche as much as the landscape - and the science of weather is meteorology. Much of what follows will hopefully convince you of Tom's fascination with the natural world and most notably, the weather.
I do not profess to be an art critic or curator but I am fully qualified to discuss the meteorology in Tom`s art. I do hope that you enjoy the following discussions and that it encourages reflection and positive debate. . In some cases, there are multiple plausible solutions and I attempt to give each a fair presentation. I always try to conclude with the most likely meteorological interpretation that explains Tom's motivation to record what he saw. Of course, I am making this all up but it is based on some pretty sound science. (About Phil the Forecaster, Art and Merchandise, Web, Blog)