“Thirty Days in July” was created by Alfred as a visual account and homage to an “Algonquin Summer.” Alfred is an artist who shares a cultural heritage of Algonkin and European ancestry and has lived in the area since birth. It was an opportunity for him to give the landscape an ‘indigenous’ sense of place. It was to be a daily account of the subtle yet powerful changes in the park during the month of July.
Camping and canoeing, he covered over 400 km of waterways and trails during thirty days of continuous painting in Algonquin Park. He was committed to paint at least one plein air (fresh air) painting per day, regardless of circumstances. In addition to the painting, he kept a detailed journal, marking the ebb and flow of the trip. In the end he managed to complete thirty-four paintings during that period.