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Written by Michael LeBlanc   
Welsh Landscape, 1936, 64 x 79 cm :: Collection of Margaret Bridgman
This is by far my favourite of Eric's landscapes: Welsh Landscape; painted in 1936. It resides in the collection of Margaret Bridgman. Margaret is Eric's niece; she's been one of the biggest supporters in the Eric Aldwinckle biography project.

Although it is my favourite, I'm a bit perplexed by this piece. There is no indication that he had left Canada before the war, so I am not convinced it actually represents the Welsh countryside. Although he lived in Wales from 1919 to 1923, I am not of the inclination to believe that Eric had painted this from memory, or from a photograph. Rather than question the date, I suggest that the picture is drawn from a location in Ontario, and he titled the painting “Welsh Landscape” because it triggered a childhood memory.


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The insects are many, large and varied. Some unknown to me. Ants are very large, among them the hermit ant who just sits under a rock in higher places, thinking. The rest rush about as usual and the queens are apparently under no birth control restrictions. The spiders and wasps are large but only the wasps are inquisitive, though none do more than enjoy life if left alone…

-Eric Aldwinckle, on painting in the wilderness