“The Blue Heron” by A.J. Casson

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Mural Artist: Janine Marson 2010
Located on site at Baysville Marina
Sponsored by: The Baysville Community Group

This beautiful shoreline painting by A.J. Casson captures the essence of the Muskoka watershed, and the nature throughout the region. The old trees in the water provide protection and shelter for the bountiful wildlife, and offer food sources to the water foul. This is one of the rare Group of Seven paintings that features any wildlife; the group usually focused solely on landscapes and vistas. In this delightful Casson painting, the great blue heron in its glorious variations of blue is silhouetted against the green of the forest. The angle of its wings in flight point back to the trees, and the angle of the position of the tree stumps frame the great blue heron creating a very strong composition.

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  • Address 10 East Rd, Baysville ON
  • Category A.J. Casson
  • Location Baysville

Artist Name : A.J. Casson

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A.J. Casson (1898-1992) was born in Toronto and worked as a commercial designer by day and spent his evenings taking art classes. While working in graphic design he became apprentice to Franklin Carmichael and was introduced to outdoor sketching and to watercolours as a paint medium. Carmichael was so impressed by the young protege, that in 1926 he invited him to join the Group of Seven to fill the void left by Frank Johnston. He began to join them on weekend sketching trips, but due to family obligations, was not able to join them on the more adventurous trips across the country. To break away from the similarity of his mentors work, Casson began to paint small towns and buildings across central and south Ontario. This work documented many of the little communities before they were engulfed by the larger cities, or disappeared altogether. Casson went on to become a pioneer in the silk screening industry being one of the first people to apply the principle to making art prints. In his later years, Casson faithfully cottaged, and painted locally, in the Oxtongue Lake area, while on summer vacations.

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