Loved Painting en plein air in Mexico
paintings will be in a show opening November 15th at:
Tweed Art Gallery
Fraser first went to Mexico in February,1970 to the history-rich
town of San Miguel de Allende which was famous for its two respected
It wasn't long before the intriguing beauty of the 400 year-old
colonial architecture, the intense colour of the unfamiliar flowers,
the warmth of the sunlight and the friendly faces had him charmed.
February 1991 ~ Walking In The Sun 18 x 24 wc
the next two decades, Don, his wife with their artist friends ventured
often to the towns of Guanajuato, Oaxaca, Cuernavaca, San Christobal
de Las Casas, and Merida.
these lovely towns, every morning he would head out with his 18x24
inch paper-block under his arm, a jar of water in one pocket of
his jacket and his watercolour tubes in the other.
With a couple of brushes protruding from his shirt pocket he would
ramble until he found a scene he liked. Hunkering down on a nearby
step or curb with his paper-block propped on his knees and his water
jar, paints and palette spread on the ground he'd happily proceed
1969 ~ In The Trees 5 x 8 wc
tried to get on the paper everything he saw around him - the indigenous
pedestrians, the bright coloured houses, the ornate ironwork grills
and the mysterious flower-covered garden walls which lined the streets.
And in the evenings, he relished going to the outdoor concerts to
depict on paper the rhythms of the musicians as they played.
February 20, 1992 ~ Street Dog 8 x 11 conte
Miguel de Allende ~ Street Vendors 12 x 16 wc
his return flight to Ontario, Don would lug home a bulging portfolio
of Plein Air watercolour paintings.
of these have never been shown before but that soon will be remedied.
Cristobal de la Casas April 10, 1984 8 x 11 conte
and see the work of Plein Air masters Don Fraser AOCA and John Stuart
Pryce OSA, IPAP in an exhibition of over seventy never before seen
Plein Air paintings in the Upper Gallery, Quinn's
show opens Saturday, November 15th, 2014 and runs to January 11th,
Cristobal de la Casas April 1984 ~ Little Girl 11 x 6 conte
de Allende 1989 ~ Sunlit Street 12 x 16 wc