Guest Contributor, Phil Chadwick

Why do you do what you do? – by Phil Chadwick

img_5124 img_5125Why paint?
Why not? Apparently that simple answer will score 100% on a psychology exam but that is not good enough for me.

It is not just the challenge of trying to improve and make the next canvas your masterwork. It is not for financial gain because if that is all you want, you are probably going to be very disappointed. Maybe it is about unlocking the power of the right side of your brain? It could be about learning how to see the positive and negative shapes in your drawing – really learning to see the beauty of the world around you.

For me, the main reason is just to make memories. Mostly these memories are about the places I paint. But they could be about the paddle to get there or the people with me – or the weather. All of the things that went into creating the art are part of that memory. I actually write these things down after every painting. They say that memory is the first thing to go. I don’t know but I am not taking any chances.
When I see one of my paintings, all of those memories come flooding back. Sometimes they just trickle back. Either way, they put a smile on my face.

My Instagram is

@philiprjchadwick… still getting a handle on it.

Note from Claire:

Phil Chadwick (known as Phil the Forecaster) was a meteorologist with Environment Canada for 35 years with specialization in training, severe weather, remote (satellite and radar) sensing and performance measurement.

Author of “Weather of Ontario” with Bill Hume. Author of the “Passion of Phil the Forecaster- my art up to 1012.” Phil also worked on “Tom Thomson Was A Weatherman” which explains the science and weather behind some of Canada’s best works of art.

As an accomplished artist with paintings around the world, Phil has completed more than 1300 works as of April 2013. Phil is the charter member of many art groups including the International Plein Air Painters (IPAP) of which he is also a Signature Member with Honours.

Phil is an enthusiastic environmentalist who lives what he promotes. Bee keeping, habitat restoration, tree planting, nesting box construction and many other activities, keeps Phil busy.

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