About This Work...
Weston often went on sketching trips with friends, sometimes only for the day or weekend. After his retirement in 1946 he went on longer trips, visiting the Okanagan Valley, the Kootenays, and the Yukon.(49) Each of these new places had different kinds of landscapes. "Weston executed a large number of quick panel sketches which allowed him to get the ‘feel of the place.’"(50)
"In the summers, he puts on his plum-coloured corduroy jacket and tweeds and followed by young-bearers entrusted with his pad and pencils and aluminum chair, clambers the interior mountains that he loves. His keen hazel eyes, under their heavy lids, search for his favourite subjects, the wild-armed pines and the stoic slabs of rock."(51)
His trips were "of crucial importance", as his drawings provided the material for the larger paintings in the winter.(52)
In 1958, "sketching at Fernie, his chair slipped and he plunged six feet into a hole. He bloodied his nose, let the wind dry it and resumed sketching."(53)