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Phil Chadwick - Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman

Weather was the inspiration for much of the art of Tom Thomson. Tom painted lots of weather phenomena. He even called his art “records” as they were his observations of something that he found interesting. It is vital to place Tom’s art in the proper context that it deserves.

This presentation will prove that Tom was indeed a “weatherman” through “Creative Scene Investigation”. CSI is the application of meteorology as well as other forensic sciences, to creative works. The deductions are sleuthed from the details which are plainly hidden within the art. The motivation behind the art was not secret at the time of the painting but they are unintelligible to those not versed in forensic meteorology. 

Tom was a remarkable observer of the natural world. The hidden agenda in this fun and interactive presentation is to celebrate the genius of Tom Thomson as an artist through the weather that inspired him.

8pm @ Amphitheatre

Short Bio: Trained at Queen's University as a nuclear physicist, “Phil the Forecaster" has been a professional meteorologist since 1976. However, art has been his passion forever. Phil paints full time now - mainly en plein air.

Direct Link to the ongoing, on-line and free book "Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman" ... and also here through

and a link to Phil's Canoe Lake Pilgrimage last October... He produced 50 paintings from the one paddle… it was a perfect day.

And Phil's art

Earlier Event: August 24
Peter Puffin - Children's Performer
Later Event: September 8
Park Programs- Fall 2017