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Up to the outbreak of the war, they were a group of friends who had similar ideas on painting. Lismer said of this time: "We owed little to our former training ... "62 In 1914 MacCallum commissioned Lismer, MacDonald and Thomson to paint a series of murals for his cottage at Go Home Bay. Lismer contributed seven panels, which were completed at different times over a period of two years. The Georgian Bay area provided the subject mat- T O R O N T O , 1 9 1 1 - 1 9 1 6 / 31 ter and reflected Lismer's sense of the grandeur and rugged nature of the Canadian Shield.
The club had been formed by a group who enjoyed working out of doors in the tradition of English landscape painters. It devel- THE E A R L Y Y E A R S / 15 oped in reaction to the somewhat stuffy Sheffield Society of Artists. Members of the club were Lismer's contemporaries at the art school, as well as working men and older artists such as Willis Eaden. Activities focused on outdoor sketching in oil and watercolour and on monthly meetings at which visiting artists discussed their work and gave a critique of members' drawings and paintings.
With the improvement in their finances, the Lismers were able to rent another house in Thornhill close to the MacDonalds. Lismer was happy to have steady work, which relieved him of the hard grind of the commercial field: "I disliked the advertising profession completely, although I remember it was at the time on a higher level than was general in England. "68 As Lismer began his life as an art instructor, he must have realized 32 / A L I F E IN ART how well he was suited to the task. "69 Teaching presented new difficulties, but with a positive attitude, he tackled the various problems as they arose.