Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Toronto Art and Painting En Plein Air

Mary Rose and Helen sitting on a Henry Moore sculpture at AGO

My art partners Mary Rose and Violetta were scheduled to arrive this past weekend.  A first time for both to visit Toronto.  We were saddened that Violetta had to cancel at the last minute, a family emergency.   We are pleased to report that the patient is recovering and healing.

Yorkville Avenue on Saturday is alive and buzzing with activity.  Neighbours and shoppers stopped to greet us and welcome Mary Rose to Toronto.

A famous singer stopped to chat and we asked him to take this picture.  (We did not swoon nor ask for autographs.  We did not even pretend to recognize him and we think that pleased him.  He drove by later  and called us by name.  Had we been 16 yrs, we would have screamed)
Words of encouragement are offered by a passer by

The Art Gallery of Ontario which houses the art of Canada's Group of Seven was on our agenda.
The design of Architect Frank Gehry is eveident here - Mary Rose and Helen

  As plein air painters, Mary Rose particularly loved the immediacy of Tom Thompson's little paintings, often painted from his canoe in Northern Ontario
Tom Thompson plein air painting
Tom Thompson plein air painting
Group of Seven Member,Lawren Harris painting of a Toronto street
Group of Seven Painter Franklin Carmichael
Group of Seven Member A Y Jackson
Emily Carr was not a member of the Group of Seven.  She lived in Western Canada and is famous for her totem poles, paintings of giant redwoods and landscapes.  No visit to the AGO is complete without a hello.
Artist Emily Carr
Artist Emily Carr 

Violetta painting in Florida

We missed you Violetta.  There will be a next time.

Have you been to Toronto?


  1. You ladies get around! Love what you do.
    Have fun!
    Happy Thursday.

  2. Hello Teresa

    Thank you for your support. You are right, we love to get around and it is always possible to lure us to distant lands.
    Wishing you a delightful day
    Helen, Mary Rose and Violetta

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    Have a great day dear

    LOVE Maria at

  4. Hello Maria

    Thank you for your kind comment. We just have a blog and any free time we have we are out painting.

    I will certainly check out your blog

    Helen xx