Official public opening reception July 16th in Partners Hall at the Algonquin Theatre

Monday, December 19, 2016

My 100 boards are completed!

 For now they are up on the wall in my studio in Huntsville 
awaiting their first official public viewing. 
I will be creating an additional 10 to honour my grandfather who taught me to give anything worth while an extra 10 percent!


January 21, 2017 at my opening 
from 1:00-4:00 
at The Chapel Gallery,
15 King Street, 
Bracebridge, Ontario
705.645.5501 gallery

To help celebrate this significant achievement I have created a special edition 2017 calendar that gives you a sneek peek at some of my boards with some great quotes and historical content related to both Tom Thomson and my discovery of truth, light and colour. 
You can purchase one for $20.00 from me directly 
just give me a call at 705.789. 6843 
or send me an email at

Monday, November 21, 2016

On the last leg of my journey to create 100 oil on birch panels for my 2017 Tom Project

I am on the last leg to finish the official final 10 boards in my creation of 100 oil on birch boards for my 2017 Tom Project, "Through Tom's eyes, a discovery of truth, light and colour"

What a journey it has been; researching both in print and archival images through the support of The Friends of Algonquin Park, visiting the McMichael Art Collection to see Tom Thomson's paintings up close and personal, and the best adventure of just being outside to paint en plein air with painting buddies. 

I am very thankful for the support of Terri Howell, my matchstick and main supporter through this whole journey. Her connections with Kevin Clute and the Friends of Algonquin Park opened doors for us to get permission to access the archives for research. She has driven us out to locations to paint with her Park pass always at the ready but mostly for her encouragement to just keep going.

Officially I am creating 100 boards, unofficially 110 in honour of my grampa Grimes who taught me as a child that anything worth doing requires 110 percent effort.

The first official viewing of all 100 paintings will be in January 2017 in the Chapel Gallery at Muskoka Arts and Crafts in Bracebridge with my opening reception from 1:00-4:00 pm on January 21, 2017.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

 Oil on board, 8x10 by Janine Marson

Sunday Oct 2, 11-4
6 West Street North, Huntsville
(parking behind the Royal Bank)

Check out these links for some of the events I am involved in this weekend! 

PS just so you know TT Last Spring will be the ghost of Tom Thomson and will be doing a reading around a campfire on Saturday night at River Mill Park.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Janine Marson-featured article in Huntsville Doppler online

Visit this link below or click on my links sidebar
to Huntsville Doppler online to
 read all about my 2017 project!

Through Tom's Eyes, a discovery of truth, light and colour.

Praying for a break in the rain, Canoe Lake.

Monday, January 4, 2016

"Seeing through Tom's eyes, a discovery of truth, light and colour" my journey has begun.

100 8x10 oil on birch panels ready to roll!
 This body of work will be called "Seeing through Tom's eyes, a discovery of truth, light and colour" 

2016 will be a very exciting year for me as I go out to paint en plein air to locations that I have researched Tom Thomson had painted 100 years ago. I got my feet wet last year a few times on camping and canoe trips to test out my oils as it has been nearly 20 years since I last worked with them. What a joy to rediscover the buttery push and pull one gets with them. The immediate drag of the brush against the birch board is different than on canvas so I have prepared them with an acrylic transparent coloured polymer varnish to bring out the rich warm tones and grain of the wood and to also help the slide of the paint across the surface.

So far my test panels have given me the chance to play with oils again in more of an immediate way to try to capture the essence of a place. Working alla prima in a very direct attack requires me to let go of anything I have previously known. The feeling of working in oils is so much different than working in acrylics as it has a slower drying time and requires one to think ahead and just get down the guts of the place within about an hour or so time frame without putzing around. 

I have applied for an Ontario Art Council Grant and a Canada Art Council Grant to help offset the costs of producing this body of work for this project. I hope to hear soon from the OAC and will keep you posted as I get word. In the meantime I will be painting away and knocking them down til my rack is full of finished panels ready to show the world. Totally honoured and delighted to have one of my exhibition proposals accepted already for a committed show for July and August in 2017 at The Algonquin Theatre in Partners Hall which will be an anchor to other multifaceted events being planned to celebrate the 100 year anniversary since Tom Thomson's untimely death and also to celebrate the 150th Birthday for Canada!  How cool is that to be able to be a part of such an incredible milestone in my community. The show of support and commitment has given me courage to apply for other exhibitions during 2017.

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