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Old 11-13-2006, 10:37 AM   #1
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Default Group of Seven-stained glass-Northern Lights

'Canadian Railroad Trilogy' vs 'Uncle Toad Said'

Over the years, Lightfoot's musical brush has been painting with increacing broader strokes. His sonic palette's primary colours continue to create those beautiful musical soundscapes of lonely wilderness, lost loves, and passionate rambling travels.

However, with his maturity, the colours tend to blend together with inceacingly complex tones and hues. As with a fine painting, the audience might perceive the artistic creations in widely varying ways depending on where one might stand, either physically or emotionally. Elements of the work may be so complex that they only reveal themselves when viewed/heard for the umpteenth time - when viewed from different physical or emotional angles with our own evolving maturity.

We have all heard Lightfoot's magic, yet as this group reveals, each listener might percieve a particular song in a different way. We grasp at different lines or phrases which evoke emotion in us while others hear the same lyrics with a different interpretation. The beauty of Gord's artistry is that we are all correct.

This hidden complexity is why we can hear 'Bitter Green' or 'Rainy Day People' for the millionth time and never ever grow tired of them. 'Harmony' has been added to his portfolio and will continue to delight us for years to come. Different songs tied together by a common thread.

For myself, there has always been a link between Gordon Lightfoot's music and the landscapes preserved on canvas by Canada's 'Group of Seven' painters.

Americans are certainly aware of their own artists such as Jackson Pollack, Winslow Homer Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, but how many are familiar with the works of Canadians such as Tom Thompson, A.Y. Jackson, Arthur Lismer, Emily Carr or J.E.H. MacDonald, to name but a few.

At the turn of the century the "Group of Seven" painters, as they were known, captured the beauty of the Canadian wilderness with paint and canvas in no less a dramatic way than Gord continues to do with his craft.

Those of you who make it to Massey may wish to spend a day at the McMichael Collection Gallery located just north of Toronto in Kleinberg Ontario. Here in a beautiful rural setting some of Canada's most precious paintings are displayed.

You cannot view "The Group of Seven" paintings and not hear Gordon Lightfoot as it's soundtrack.

Below are just a few URLs you may wish to explore to get a taste of these treasures. They must be seen in person to truly appreciate their awesome impact and as the McMichael Gallery wishes you to visit in person, few works are placed 'on line'.

I invite all those who enjoy Gordon's music to check out;

http://www.imagemakers.mb.ca/casson/group7/group7.html

http://www.artcyclopedia.com/history...-of-seven.html

http://www.artchive.com/artchive/groupseven.html

http://www.mcmichael.com/

Gordiciously yours,

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Old 11-13-2006, 10:45 AM   #2
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Thanks, Yuri. Next time I am in Toronto, I shall take your advice. I already know and love the work of 'The Group of Seven'. WOuld like to see them for real.

PS I do hope you are starting work on the Corfid Express plan ????
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Old 11-13-2006, 01:56 PM   #3
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Yuri - you are right about the Group of Seven pieces and Lightfoot..I did a beautiful glass piece for Lightfoot that I have yet to give him..."Northern Lights" It is much like a Group of Seven painting and Lightfoot immediately came to mind when I saw the pattern...so I made it!
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and the McMichael Gallery is somewhere I could spend days wandering thru....
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Old 11-13-2006, 02:31 PM   #4
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Char!

Absolutely beautiful!! Gord will be thrilled.....and where will you be selling reproductions so the group can pick up a copy?
Would make a great Album Cover as well!
Hmmmm Gord?

"A Painter Passing Through" ??? That autobiographical description of Gord perhaps resides in some degree in all of us.

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Old 11-13-2006, 04:02 PM   #5
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lol!
That's the only one I will make!
It was a huge project forme as I'd only been working on stained glass for a year...
It's 2 feet wide and 50 inches tall with a 4" custom walnut frame..
If I remember correctly there were around 250 to 300 pieces and about 70 hours put into it...a labour of love for sure!
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Old 11-13-2006, 04:23 PM   #6
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Very beautiful talented Charlene. And you kept that from us...lol
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Old 11-14-2006, 08:15 AM   #7
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thanks folks...
I love doing stained glass and only wish I had taken it up years and years ago..
It's a great hobby....I find it relaxing and very fulfilling when a piece is finished and it turns out as beautiful as this piece did.
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Old 11-14-2006, 01:43 PM   #8
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Char I don't recall if I've seen this before or not, but it is exquisite! It is very similar to the pictures I was able to see of the Group of 7.

Many thanks to Yuri too for posting those links. I've often heard of the Group of 7, but never had a clear understanding of who they were or what the paintings looked like. I'm considering trying to take a side trip to go see them this weekend, but don't think I'll be able to fit it into my schedule. I fear if I do not go to the St. Lawrence Flea Market, or shop at all the fabric stores in the garment district, the economy of Toronto will collapse.
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Old 11-15-2006, 04:25 PM   #9
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Char,
Beautiful indeed Char! I Gave Gord a thing I made up for Him, a year or two ago.I titled it "Northern Lights"!!
Sometimes this place is like the Twightlight Zone!!
Na na na na Na na na na

(I'll send You a peek if You like)
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Old 11-18-2006, 10:41 PM   #10
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Thats fantictic Char, congratulations you have done really well, gee I wish I had the "band aid" concession in Whitby.

Keep Smiling.. Ron.
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Old 11-19-2006, 09:44 AM   #11
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[quote]Originally posted by charlene:
[b] Yuri - you are right about the Group of Seven pieces and Lightfoot..I did a beautiful glass piece for Lightfoot that I have yet to give him..."Northern Lights" It is much like a Group of Seven painting and Lightfoot immediately came to mind when I saw the pattern...so I made it!
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and the McMichael Gallery is somewhere I could spend days wandering thru....
that is really stunning Char! Beautifully done
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Old 11-20-2006, 04:03 PM   #12
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I'd like to take a moment to personally thank Jenney for propping up the Toronto economy once again by lessening Toronto's load of antique fabrics and taking them home to Connecticut....not quite as much as last trip but I'm sure she'll make up for it on her next sojourn to Toronto...

If only she had bought a bigger vehicle we could have packed up the glass piece and hauled it over to Gord's place!
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Old 11-21-2006, 07:58 AM   #13
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Charlene, that certainly is a beautiful piece. I love the way the mountains intersect. 70 hours...wow!

A friend of mine does stained glass as well - she loves it. She has a lot around her house, and she's given many away as gifts...lucky me!
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Old 11-21-2006, 09:05 AM   #14
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Group of Seven - auction of one piece was held: picture at:

http://www.cbc.ca/arts/artdesign/sto...n-auction.html
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