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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
Camping, Watercolour on card, 26.4 x 32.4 cm :: Collection of Francis Chapman
Almost immediately after arriving back in Toronto after his war work, Eric set out on a canoe trip in the northern Ontario wilderness. He began to plan this trip during his last months overseas, and his starting point was Whiterock Lake, in what is now Killarney Wilderness Area. Fall was the prime season for sketching and painting: the bright foliage, moderate temperatures, lower angle of the sun, and lack of black flies or mosquitoes made this season, above others, the ideal one for artistic appreciation.

Franklin had introduced in Eric a love for this area, and his return became a daydream for him during the grim, grey days of the war. Harry Somers had just been discharged from the service, and as neither was engaged in more profitable work, they went together. It became for both men an intense and life-enriching experience.

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When I… became a war artist, I had no interest in machines, but by being on the field and seeing these beautiful machines working I came to understand them and I was able for the first time in my life to depict machines with some kind of understanding.

-Eric Aldwinckle, interview with Joan Murray, 1979