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This is the third demonstration piece for "Making Waves on Chantry" 2007. The line of thunderstorms along the low level jet, had passed through Southampton overnight. The timing was perfect. The main trough of low pressure remained to the west as identified by the layers of altostratus. I included the "turtle" fishing boat on the far left. Jane Champagne explained the origin of the name.
As I was illustrating the approach to plein air painting, the sun broke through the cloud on the eastern horizon and lit up Chantry Light like a beacon. One stroke of titanium white transformed the east side of the light into a beacon. Also as I was painting, the southerly winds picked up and created some rollers onshore. The 10 am Chantry Island tour also "putted" past around 10 am so it got into the sketch as well. The goal was to illustrate how easy it was to capture the moment with a few bold and colourful strokes. Don't overwork the first impression. I also wanted to emphasize that you paint what you see and by doing that, you must always be telling the truth. The green colours of the silty Saugeen were in sharp contrast to the blues of Lake Huron. The Saugeen River was carrying the top soils of the Grey-Bruce Peninsula out to the inland sea..
The title is meant to be humour. The "Peerless" was headed fearlessly out to Chantry Island with the same enthusiasm and boldness that we were applying to plein air painting.
May 7th, 2016
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