Monday, April 7, 2014


Canada plein air painting adventure in Quebec

A Quebec Painting Adventure!

Paint in inspiring BAIE-SAINT-PAUL and the Charlevoix region


Dates: June 8th -14th 2014

Come paint the enchanting Charlevoix region of the Laurentians where A.Y Jackson, Clarence Gagnon and Rene Richard painted. Put your brush to work and capture the landscapes favored by Group of Seven. Experience a place where the light is of a magical quality with a backdrop of dramatic mountains, aquamarine waters and picturesque farms.
Course description: This is a one-week workshop (Sunday to Friday) a full 5 days of painting and instruction.This workshop will focus on plein air painting outdoors. We will work on location every day, weather permitting. There will also be time for lecture information and demonstrations. We will focus on several key points throughout the week: understanding and simplifying shapes while balancing warm and cool colors, laying down a foundation quickly while creating focal points and developing the overall painting. Creating atmospheric perspective and composition development will also be addressed and there will be plenty of individual attention. Daily demonstrations are provided on how to see shape and light values to paint all your subjects. In the evenings the group will meet for critiques – to share information and view each others accomplishments. Maximum enrollment is 15.
Materials: this workshop will be for those artists working in watercolor, acrylic or in oil paints, since Andrew works in all three mediums. Andrew focuses on giving individual attention to all students therefore empty out all your old paint boxes and bring various art supplies for a greater artistic experience in a highly supportive and creative atmosphere.
Supply lists available upon request.

Subject: rural Quebec, farms, ocean scenes, Quebec City and many other scenic and historical sites.
Hotel: L’Auberge de nos Aïeux,
Located 800 ft above the St-Lawrence River, is L’Auberge de nos Aïeux, a year round hotel-motel.From the village of “Les Éboulements”, L’Auberge offers its guests an exceptional panorama of the river and the north shore capes.The home of Over 60 artists and their studios.
The inn is only 110 km east of Quebec City on road 362, halfway between le”Massif de la Petite-Rivière” and “Mont Grand-Fonds” ski centers.
The Auberge offers 12 rooms and 40 motel units, which are air-conditioned with color TV’s, and an outstanding view on the Saint-Lawrence River and the Isle-aux-Coudres. A large dining room allows you to discover delicious Canadian cuisine.
Wireless high-speed Internet available in all units.
Internet available at the Auberge
The Auberge has a studio and pool for our use.
Cost: 129/day per person including 3 – 4 star meals a day.
Total / week including taxes and workshop fee is approximately 1300.00

To book your magical week of painting contact Andrew at or 1-647-297-4278 for details.

Each workshop has a minimum and maximum number of participants. Occasionally a workshop will be cancelled if minimum registration is not met. In this event, you will be notified four weeks prior to the start of the workshop, and you may choose to register for another workshop, receive a full refund or receive credit for a future workshop. Registrants who cancel up to 4 weeks before the workshop date will receive a refund, less $100 administration fee. Cancellations made later than 4 weeks before the workshop date will be refunded only if the space can be filled. Cancellations will not be credited or refunded after the workshop starts.

Friday, March 28, 2014

A new painting from Quebec.

3' x 4' Acrylic painting called Hillside Village.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Country Table

Natalie has said that finally you finished it after 2 years. Little by little and fruit by fruit. No drawing and just shape by shape . Hope you enjoy

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Stouffville Road

I have passed this scene a hundred times on the way home and always was inspired to paint it. Finally one version of it is done. When you find a location that inspires like this one does there is usually more than one painting there.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Winter Schoolhouse

This old Schoolhouse is a remnant of the past and a hindrance to progress. The airport authority in Durham region is knocking down all these old homes in their area and are deliberately neglecting them in order to have the excuse to knock them down-So much for progress!
Thought I would try and capture a few images for posterity.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Red Barn

Another attempt with the knife painting technique to catch the evening light hitting this barn on the way to the Toronto Zoo..

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Monday, September 28, 2009


This photo does not do this painting justice so I will repost again later. This is painted with a muddy palette. It made for a real challenge. Hard to simplify a busy woodland scene. Looked forward to the challenge. I have been working so small this larger size is a real pleasure and being on canvas it is like returning home.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

11.Hillside Farm

I am enjoying experimenting with my knife. Always good to play outside the sandbox and the lines. The layering of colours and textures adds another component to the process of painting and of the final outcome.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

10.Ocean Light

This is my first knife panting in a long time. It is great to express with just colour, form and shape.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

#7.Algonquin Evening

I am having withdrawl from being up north and this is my response.

6.Quebec Streetscape #1

A little sketch showing the roofs and architecture of this small Quebec town.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

5.Seasons End

On Driving to drop off Studio tour brochures in Durham I noticed this field painting and tried a quick sketch.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

#4-Summer Shoreline

Due to the amount of detail this sketch took much longer to create and conceive.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

1.Toronto Skyline Ashbridges Bay

At the foot of Ashbridges Bay is a great view of toronto each and every evening. Here is one version of it's many moods!

Friday, May 1, 2009

#25 Chinese Market -Toronto Ontario.

It is fun to to paint complicated scenes of colourful shapes and images.Since I am not drawing it makes a great challenge to make subjects and form with shape painting alone.
Painting in the Market holds endless fascinating opportunities!Enjoy!

Monday, April 27, 2009

#24 Leuty Lifeguard Station -Beach Toronto.

Little sketch of the beach lifestation as spring begins to beckon.Many paintings to be found down at the beach area of Toronto.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

#23 Rivers Edge-Algonquin Park-

Here is what the mantle is starting to look like.It is getting busy aroung here.

Recent last snow fall was two weeks ago and in some areas it snowed 23 centimetres.It Gave me an opportunity to paint my favourite march subject -Snow shadows.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

#22 Radiance-Canoe Lake

Pretty tired today after teaching a workshop in Richmond hill on Painting Like the Group of seven.Thought I would come home and put what I was teaching into practice.Hope you enjoy this colourful one!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

#21 Evening at Canoe Lake -Algonquin Park-Plein Aire Canada painting

Light effects have been a particular interest and this is reflected here.Constable was known for his sky studies and I am looking forward to my own in depth study of these phenomenons.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

#20 Evening Glow-Canoe Lake -Algonquin Park-Ontario Canada

The radiant Glow and the endless change that unfolds every ten minutes is a challenge to capture.Just wanted to leave you with a colourful one tonight.

#19- Winter's Blanket-Stouffville Ontario Canada

This image was done for those who feel that I do too many bright paintings and you know who you are.This project is to explore many facets of the landscape as well as anything that captures my fancy.It also allows me to keep my painting skills sharp while I am busy teaching and not producing.
Winters Blanket is the images that i see daily on the way to work.

While driving to work you see a hundred paintings ,you are doing the wrong work!
Andrew Hamilton

#18 Presquile Lighthouse-

This image is a little bigger and a little more involved.The reference was taken from the water to create a more dynamic image.Presquile is a beautiful park here in Southern Ontario and i have grown to love it's various moods. A number of North American forests converge here in the park. It is an incredible spot to see migratory birds and various types of wildlife.This Park is A Jewel in Ontario!

Friday, April 10, 2009

# 16-Spring Field

Just because it snowed two days ago doesn't mean I can't get ready for some of my spring and summer subjects.This is a scene from the Stouffville area that i pass quite frequently as I hunt for painting subjects.

Leonardo was quoted as saying that you are a real artist if you can take two steps out your front door and find a painting subject.For me it is a little further afield!

#15 Fire Sunset-Canoe Lake Algonquin Park

This was a study done to create light depth and space.The underglow on clouds is the reflected light of the waning sun.
How many sunsets I have seen and pondered over the painting of them.I have been enjoying painting these and pushing as far as I can go to capture my rememberances.

#14 Snow Beach Toronto -

The computer has been down and and then the internet was giving me trouble so I will now publish the rest of the images.Didn't like how this one turned out so i tidied it up.Artists perogative!

Sunday, April 5, 2009

# 12 Snow Hillside.Plein Aire Canada paintings

I love the patterns found in the forest at any time of year but for me winter holds the most interest.I hear winter could be sneaking back upon us and I hope to take advantage with the opportunity in paint.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

#11 Tom Thomson Lake -Algonquin Park

I sometimes find the small format of 6 x 8 inches small to create within.This was a challenging piece and took a little longer than expected.An artist has never painted everything in the world so his/her journey is an ever evolving learning process.
This painting is a little more vibrant than is seen here.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Plein Aire Canada Paintings- #10 Horses at Riverdale Farm

Sunday afternoon sketch hunting.Riverdale farm is an oasis of colours ,forms and life in Toronto.Many subject matter can be found there and is an old farm steeped in history.

I like to create using a very limited palette and mix all my own colours.I use three colours plus white to create all my paintings.This is a challenge but an exciting one!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Last of the Winter Snow - #9 Algonquin Park

Sunny days and cool nights as march goes out with a roar!The paint can freeze so you must paint quickly !

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Canada Plein Aire --#8 Island Sunset-Canoe Lake

Canada Plein Aire-Northern Lights over Canoe Lake

A credit card paining from a series of works created in Acrylic on paper, to work more expressively and creatively.Hopefully not many blackflies present in the paint!

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Plein Aire Canada paintings from the canoe -Andrew Hamilton-from the Paint Canada Series-Sunset Canoe Lake

Tom Thomson used to paint colourful landscape paintings and then bring them back to the city.The critics and viewers always disagreed with him and felt that these colours were not real.His view was that even he did not do the scene enough justice and felt he fell short in achieving the scene.This sunset piece was done from his favourite camp site on Canoe Lake Algonquin Park Ontario Canada.This was retouched to achieve the brilliance of the scene i remember.
hope you enjoy