"It may interest you to know that the "West Wind' was done at Lake Cauchon. Thomson, myself, Lorne (sic) Harris…were up there. It was blowing very hard and Lorne Harris was painting further up shore. The wind blew down the tree of the picture and Harris at first thought Thomson was killed but he soon sprang up, waved his hand to him and went on painting."
- MacCallum to Mrs. A.C. Beatty, also in Reid, The Jack Pine, 18-19