Lake Superior, c. 1927-1928
watercolour over graphite with black chalk on wove paper
28.1 x 34.2 cm
Gift of Mary and Richard Mastin, Toronto, 1997
National Gallery of Canada (no. 39519)
In the 1920s Carmichael was the most influential watercolour painter in Toronto. The essence of his style was to emphasize shape and mood through dramatic lighting, which he created by the meticulous laying down of blended washes of colour. When Schaefer began watercolouring, Carmichael took him out on two sketching trips to help him develop his technique.