:: Flanders Fields ::

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
     We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
     Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— by John McCrae, May 1915

For Remembrance Day I decided of course to paint poppies and I used a wet-in-wet technique… which means to totally immerse your paper in water and then sponge off the excess. The paper that I used did not soak up that much water to my surprise! But hey! I am no aficionado!!! This poem to me would make a wonderful song… has it been done? Does anyone know?

Paper: The Langton from Daler Rowley (which I bought in London — hahah)
Watercolours: DS Pyrrol Scarlet, MG Ultramarine & some DS New Gamboge

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:: No more borders ::

Next Saturday is our annual Square Foot Exhibition and I hope that you will be able to come and say hello if you live somewhat close to this property.

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:: Flowing ::

— SOLD —

A canvas may be measured with inches,
but the speed with which you travel over it is regulated by the artist.
— The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

I have been swamped with correcting student projects as this week alone I corrected 175 of them on top of department meetings so my Inktober resolve has disintegrated into work-related activities… oh well… it was to be expected…

I am preparing for the Square Foot Art Exhibition taking place on Saturday November 10th in Senneville and this is one of the drawings that I will be displaying. If you feel like it, you can drop by and say hello or even buy one of the 100 paintings that will be displayed on that day by 25 artists. All for a very good cause as some of the funds are going to the Montreal Old Brewery Mission.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Century 3776
Ink: De Atramantis Document Black

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:: Lighthouses ::

Writing… is an act of faith: I believe it’s also an act of hope, the hope that things can get better than they are.
— Margaret Atwood

In the province of Quebec there are 43 lighthouses and are enjoying a second life as they are being converted into museums, inns or cottages. As I have been on the Inktober 2018 prompt trail for 13 days in a row, I needed a bit of colour in my life, so I think that I did overdo it a tad… but no matter, it was fun!

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:: Inktober 13 :: Guarded ::

An active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal.
A walk for a walk’s sake.
— Paul Klee

Still listening to Thom Yorke and his mesmerizing voice, words and music. Catching up with Inktober prompts today and this is my last one of the day. I love dogs and here is a sheepdog guarding his flock of sheep.

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte
Fountain Pen: Pilot Namiki SEF

#inktober2018 #inktober #sheep #dog #guarded #drawing #ink

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:: Inktober 12 :: Whale ::

This is a waltz thinking about our bodies
What they mean for our salvation
With only the clothes that we stand up in
Just the ground on which we stand
Is the darkness ours to take?
Bathed in lightness, bathed in heat

All is well, as long as we keep spinning
Here and now, dancing behind a wall
When the old songs and laughter we do
Are forgiven always and never been true

When I arrive, will you come and find me?
Or in a crowd, be one of them?
Wore the wrong sign back beside her
Know tomorrow’s at peace
— Suspirium by Thom Yorke

Listening to the haunting song “Suspirium” by Thom Yorke (Radiohead) in which the piano plays like a lullaby. I had so many images come up for the whale prompt today and I chose to do a bit of a surreal world… What I am really enjoying is painting with inks as even once you have put them on the page, you can pull them this way and that way, add water or almost do whatever you want with them as they take a long time to dry. Ideal for playing around with inks & effects -)

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte
Fountain Pen: Pilot Namiki SEF

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:: Inktober 11 :: Cruel ::

Dogs can never speak the language of humans, and humans can never speak the language of dogs. But many dogs can understand almost every word humans say, while humans seldom learn to recognize more than half a dozen barks, if that. And barks are only a small part of the dog language. A wagging tail can mean so many things. Humans know that it means a dog is pleased, but not what a dog is saying about his pleasedness.
— Dodie Smith from The 101 Dalmatians

After a day at work, my imagination is low so I just painted a favourite cartoon character of mine, Cruella Deville from The 101 Dalmatians! Her name comes from combining the words “cruel” and “evil”.

Fountain pen: Pilot Namiki SEF
Ink: DeAtramentis Document Black Ink and then I painted with DeAtramentis DocumentFog Grey Ink .

#inktober2018 #inktober #Cruella #Drawing #Painting

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:: Inktober 10 :: Flowing ::

An active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal.
A walk for a walk’s sake.
— Paul Klee

Flowing lines for today’s Flowing prompt.

#inktober2018 #inktober #flowing #lines #abstract

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:: Inktober 9 :: Precious ::

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
— Paul Klee

On October 9th 2004 I wrote in my journal that the fall foliage was at its most beautiful… and today, October 10th, the colours are at their most stunning in my region. With rain announced and some high winds, this might be the only day that the trees are heavy with leaves marking this day as so precious. So I had to paint one of the beautiful trees that line up our street. A bit of ink, and a lot of watercolours -)

I first painted the background sky, then I painted the foliage and I finished with the tree trunk and limbs. I think that in my earnestness I painted in too many limbs…

#inktober2018 #inktober #watercolour #tree #fall #foliage

Paper: The Langton from Daler Rowney

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:: Inktober 8 :: Star ::

The dance between darkness and light will always remain — the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.”
― C. JoyBell C.

Musing over some present events, I have to admit that we live in an Age of Enlightenment as well as the Dark Ages at the same time. Enlightenment because of the technological benefits that permit us to advance in many ways but in the Dark Ages concerning the stupidity of man, especially the political one, and his effect on our planet. Oooh at least the stars and the Universe are untouched…

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Brush: Chinese Calligraphy Bamboo brush
Inks: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star

#inktober2018 #inktober #star #moleskine

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:: Inktober 7 :: Exhausted :::

Ring the bells that still can ring 
Forget your perfect offering 
There is a crack in everything 
That’s how the light gets in.
― Leonard Cohen

Living here in Québec there are some language quirks that are quite interesting. Students mentioned to me this past week that in English we “watch” TV but in Québécois french we “listen” to TV and that is something that I had never really realized until they mentioned it! One friend told me last night that that was because french people were very poor and had no TVs in the old days and that they listened to a radio show called “Séraphin” and then years later it became a TV show… so people continued saying that they listen to TV. For me radio shows are a soothing companion on my drive to and from work. I mainly listen to TV which by the way exasperates my husband as he keeps telling me: “Did you see that?” and of course I have not -)))

I used Bombay Black India ink today and Sennelier Carmin Ink and they did not mix well as you can see below the dog’s tongue. Oh well — it is quite fun trying out these inks and mixes, I am learning quit a lot even though these are far from master works… but they are good trial runs.

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Brush: Chinese Calligraphy Bamboo brush
Inks: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay Black Ink and Encre Sennelier Carmin 635 Carmine

#inktober2018 #inktober #exhausted #moleskine

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:: Inktober 6 :: Drooling ::

So he huffed,
and he puffed,
and he huffed and he puffed and he blew the house in.
— The Three Little Pigs

Bush: Bamboo Calligraphy brush
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star, waterproof india ink
Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album

#inktober2018

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:: Inktober 5 :: Chicken ::

— SOLD —

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
—  Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird.

Inktober 5 with a feathery, fat chick -))) I love line drawing, and with a beautiful fountain pen fully loaded with De Atramentis Document Black Ink, nirvana is very close indeed — have a nice evening -)

#inktober2018 #inktober

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:: Inktober 4 :: Spell ::

Life isn’t a support-system for art.
It’s the other way around.
On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

Here is the Spell prompt for #inktober2018 -)))

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:: Inktober 3 :: Roasted ::

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain
I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end
I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend
But I always thought that I’d see you again
–Fire & Rain by James Taylor 

Well everything went out the window today…. when I got home we had no electricity and had not since noon! It seems as though someone on the street decided to cut a tree and let it fall on the hydro lines. Very smart indeed! Then I was supposed to do value sketching with one colour only for Inktober… and see what I came up with? Oh well, on Friday I will try for another one.

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Fountain Pen: Falcon Pilot SEF with De Atramentis Document Black Ink
PITT artist pen black 199
Watercolours: New Gamboge & Pyrrol Scarlet

#inktober #inktober2018 #sketching #roasted #marshmalloss #fire

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:: Intober 2 :: Tranquil ::

You build up resistance to stress by learning, acquiring and practicing skills needed to go forward and cope. 
— Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
http://painterskeys.com/art-and-stress-2/

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Here are the tools below that I will be using through the month of October for the #Inktober2018 challenge. For the #Inktober2017 challenge I only used one black ink, one white ink and allowed myself to add one watercolour in a drawing from time to time. This year I will try to stay with levels of grey for the month… Let’s see if I am able to stick to it -))) It will be a great exercise to work with values only…

From left to right:
• Dip pen
• 2 watercolour brushes
• Pilot Falcon SEF Fountain Pen filled up with De Atramentis Document Black Ink
• Dr Ph Martin’s Bombay Black India Ink
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black
• Small watercolour palette
• Moleskine Japanese Japanese Album Sketchbook

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:: Inktober 1 :: Poisonous ::

A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work,” wrote E.B. White, “will die without putting a word on paper.

The same can be said for all artists I guess, and I know that for painters the above quote rings very true! This is the first day of October, thus my first post for #Inktober2018. Everything was done with ink, except for the red, which was done in watercolour!

Here in Québec it was the provincial election day and when I went to vote this morning I saw all kinds of things happening. A man before me stayed at least 10 minutes in his stall… he seemed to be wondering who to vote for (I think that for this election, many people felt like him). Then the woman following him forgot to put her ballot in the box and the election officers were running after her to remind her. My ballot stayed stuck in the slot so I had to push it 3 times for it to enter!!! Anyway, I did my civic duty and I am hoping for the best even though I am pretty sure that I will again lose my elections… as I have several times in my life -)))

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Inks: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White & Black Star matte
Pens: Dip pen, watercolour brush & Pilot Falcon SEF

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Here is the Inktober 2018 prompt list, if you are interested in joining -)))

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#inktober

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:: Labour Day weekend ::

I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer’s fault. He wanted to buy the wrong paintings. 
— (Vincent van Gogh)

This is Labour Day weekend and it’s a 3-day weekend which permitted me to draw today… Here is my bouquet of flowers for you on this rainy, humid and quiet day as autumn is just around the corner. The swallows have already left, the blackbirds are slowly returning south and flying over our heads, the goldfinches are turning brown, the chipmunks have their mouths full of seeds, the squirrels are returning, the brook is slowly filling up and the drier tree leaves are rustling in the wind. Autumn is on the way!

Paper: Fluid 100 12″x12″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Century 3776
Ink: DeAtramentis Document Black Ink

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:: A few stories ::

“You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when you are not there.”
— (Cesare Parvese) taken from the Painter’s Keys

Just to let you know that I do have a booklet for sale on the Blurb.com website, if ever you are interested in purchasing one -) It is a compilation of some of my best artwork and a little souvenir! LINK

A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
A few Stories …
A journey
By Jane Hannah
Photo book
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:: Marché des éclusiers ::

“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are;
Because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.
I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far;
For a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”
(Milton Berle)

If I had one place to hang out on weekends in Montreal, surely this would be one of the places. You have it all! The waterfront, bike trails, old beautiful buildings, entertainment, great restaurants, tons of activities, exhibitions of all kind, a marina and I pass. And these beautiful vintage old silo buildings which are part of Montreal’s history!

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:: Just for today… ::

     Just for today I’m going to try to make a better painting. We’re not talking Sistine Chapel here, just a piece of joy begun and ended between sunup and sundown.
     Just for today I’ll be happy with it. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Today I’m making up my mind to be pleased.
     Just for today I’m trusting in luck, intuition, chance and happenstance. Today I’m going to fit myself and my work around some of these minor miracles.
     Just for today I’ll strengthen my mind. When I’m puzzled or have a problem I’ll consult trusted reference. Thought and concentration will be with me, if only just for today.
     Just for today I’ll do something I don’t know how to do — for the fun of it; for the exercise. If and when I fail, no one may notice, and I’ll not say anything.
     Just for today I’ll not find fault with anything or anyone, and I’ll not try to improve or regulate anyone but myself.
     Just for today I’ll have a plan. I may not follow it exactly, but I’ll have it. While I’m at it, I’ll save myself from two pests; hurry and indecision.
     Just for today I’ll put beauty, elegance, charm and character into my work. What I give to the world is also what the world gives to me. I need those things.
     Just for today I’ll not think about what anybody else is doing. I’ll be sufficient unto myself, for while I may not be great, I am certainly great enough for today.
     Just for today I’ll take some real time for a quiet time — a half-hour or so by myself where I can sit back and get a better idea of the big picture.
— The Painter’s Key

This is such a beautiful poem that touches me deeply. It comes from the heart, and it is an artist that wrote it. I really needed this mantra just now as after painting with the wonderful Montreal Urban Sketchers today at la Maison des éclusiers, I was met with major traffic jams, orange cones galore… it took me 1 hour to get out of the city, and another 50 minutes to get home! There was so much traffic… sigh…

Sketchbook: Hand}book paper co., the field watercolor jounal
Colours: New Gamboge, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine
Location: Maison des éclusiers, Vieux-Montréal

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:: The Art Spirit ::

In considering lines as a means of drawing, it is well to remember that the line practically does not exist in nature. It is a convention we use.
— The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

For those of you who are interested in the spirit of art, I highly recommend this book The Art Spirit by Robert Henri who was a teacher in NYC and died in 1929. “Henri was an inspired teacher with an extraordinary gift for verbal communication, with the personality and prophetic fire that transformed pupils into idolators.”

I have this 5″x 8″ sketchbook next to me when I am watching tele at night and I draw what I see in front of me… which is mostly my husband. My dog is constantly moving around, and the minute that he sees me watching him, he gets up and wants to play even though he has turned 8! So yesterday I decided to look at a woman on the tele, and then draw her from memory. I think that this is a good mental exercise to do… remembering what things look like without looking… A bit like hide and seek in art -)

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:: A few tries later… ::

Great love is never justified. It’s like the little tree that springs up in some inexplicable fashion on the side of a cliff: where are its roots, what does it feed on, what miracle produces those green leaves?
— Wisława Szymborska (July 2, 1923–February 1, 2012)

Last night I decided to draw my husband and he kept moving non-stop even though he did not realize that I was trying to draw him. It took me eight tries to eventually get this somewhat decent one, at least one that shows some sensitivity towards the model. He tends to look fatter in this drawing than he really is…

I have been looking at Joseph Zbukvik’s wonderful video Planning your painting, and what a guy and what an artist! He is very generous with his knowledge and at some point in the video he says that we should draw without ever lifting the pencil from the paper… and this is what I tried today. I liked the sensation of doing this and I should practice this more often. Definitely something that I will be teaching my students this coming semester.

Paper: The Colour of Water Sketchbook from the MMFA
Lead Pencil 0.5
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Simple things… ::

Grandpa was a carpenter,
he built houses, stores and banks,
he chain-smoked Camel cigarettes
and hammered nails in planks.
He was level-on-the-level,
shaved even every door,
and voted for Eisenhower
’cause Lincoln won the war.
— John Prine

Sounds like a simple poem, does it not? But I love it! Simple and you get the feeling that you know him. He would have liked living where the this painting was done. Here is the same scene as yesterday but more emotional and vocal in a simple landscape scene. Hope that you like it! This paper had been taped down for quite a long time and when I finished my painting and peeled it, some of the painting tore off… and that’s why it has a screwy angle -)

Paper: Bockingford app. 10″x11″
Watercolours: Q. Gold, New Gamboge, Pyrrol Crimson, Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine
Location: Ste-Marthe, Québec, Canada

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:: Song of the Open Road ::

Afoot and light-hearted I take to the open road, 
Healthy, free, the world before me, 
The long brown path before me leading wherever I choose. 
Henceforth I ask not good-fortune, I myself am good-fortune, 
Henceforth I whimper no more, postpone no more, need nothing, 
Done with indoor complaints, libraries, querulous criticisms, 
Strong and content I travel the open road. 
The earth, that is sufficient, 
I do not want the constellations any nearer, 
I know they are very well where they are, 
I know they suffice for those who belong to them. 
(Still here I carry my old delicious burdens, 
I carry them, men and women, I carry them with me wherever I go, 
I swear it is impossible for me to get rid of them, 
I am fill’d with them, and I will fill them in return.) 
— Walt Whitman

 

Yesterday I had many going-ons… I had to drive my husband to the hospital for some tests, then headed back to the house and feed the dog and do some chores, then went back to the hospital to get him, then came back… then went off again to do a bit of shopping and then back again. A lot of road time, gazing at the beautiful skies…

Last night as I calmed down I decided to paint those skies and of course my part of the country, looking at Rigaud mountain where I live.

Paper: Saunders Waterford
Watercolours: New Gamboge, Q. Gold, Raw Sienna, Pyrrol Crimson, Ultramarine

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:: Lieu historique national du Commerce-de-la-Fourrure-à-Lachine ::

Do not fail to draw something every day, for no matter how little it is, it will be well worth while, and it will do you a world of good. 
— Cennino Cennini, 1370-1440

I was painting with my friend Chi Mai today on the Canal Lachine in front of the Fur Trade at the Lachine National Historic Site which dates back from 1803. It is a gorgeous place, right next to the Canal Lachine and next to Lake St. Louis which is part of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Chi Mai has a vast knowledge in watercolours and she helped me out in the end which is very generous of her. Thanks Chi Mai! If you would like to see her work, just click on this LINK.

I find that I have trouble with midtones and usually my paintings fall flat as all of my values fall in the same range… not enough contrast. So I worked today with one concept in mind and this was to have values in mind. To do this I started with a value sketch in lead pencil.  The other thing that I did do differently today was only use flat brushes, and I loved it. I had a big 1″, 0.5″ and 0.25″ and I really enjoyed using these and kind of liberated my arm. And Chi Mai helped me with my values -)))

Paper: Arches 12″x12″
Watercolours: Pyrrol Crimson, Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Q. Burnt Orange, Raw Sienna & Burnt Sienna.
Location: LINK

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:: Books on painting ::

Cast shadows provide an object with roots and stability and keep it from floating in midair. They are an important structural unit. They help describe the surface the object rests on.
— David A. Leffel

I have not been painting that much this summer, but I have been reading alot — actually tons of watercolour & oil painting books that my friend Linda Denis kindly gave me. Two of the books that have retained my attention on a daily basis are these:

  1. The Art of Watercolor, revised edition by Charles Le Clair which is an exceptional book as it is a handbook offering a comprehensive course of study you would find at university level, it features the works of contemporary and historic masters, it offers how-to techniques and combines studio information with art-historical comment. Wow!
  2. Oil Painting Secrets from a Master “David A. Leffel” by Linda Cateura. This book is like following a workshop with the master David A. Leffel for one whole year and he is right behind you guiding you. It is incredible!!!

So the painting that I did is of Mount Royal which is in the middle of Montreal and you can see the skyscrapers at a distance on the left. I was practicing my skies and then decided to add the mountain for visual impact. Today I used the last page of my Travelogue Sketchbook and I am filing it away… it has been part of another chapter in my life -)

Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8″
Watercolours: Cerulean, Ultramarine, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna

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:: Flat Wash ::

All is lovely outside my house and inside my house and myself.
— Winslow Homer

I decided to play with flat washes today and here I went… but how could I just put in a sky and not put in a beautiful Montreal skyline at the bottom? So I took a picture from the internet, and drew it in rapidly.

For the flat wash I worked on an inclined surface to let the watercolours run downward and used the biggest brush that I could handle and tried keeping a juicy mixture of paints… I find that the colours are a bit too dark for the sky and a bit too even too — I should have put different colours of paints… next time! I began at the top and tried to let each stroke settle before continuing to let the bead settle. I did horizontal strokes but realize now that I should have used a zigzag approach to break the linear lines and avoid a striped effect. No matter, it did not take me too much time and this is the excuse to try and start painting more as I neglected my paints this summer… life sometimes just has to do its own thing, huh?

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:: Grand séminaire de Montréal ::

I see and write things first as an artist,
second as a woman,
and third as a New Yorker.
All three have built-in perspectives that aren’t neutral.
— Laurie Anderson

I met up with the Montreal Urban Sketchers yesterday at the Grand Séminaire de Montréal and it was quite astounding! The chapel was gorgeous and the grounds, well… huge! To think that the Sipulcian priests thrived within the seigneurial system from 1675 to 1840 in Montreal! It is my Dad’s passing away day — a great deal of thought for you Dad!

Location: Montréal, Québec, Canada

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:: Stewart Hall ::

 “When love and skill work together
— expect a masterpiece.”
(John Ruskin)

Another lovely day and a wonderful event was held today at Stewart Hall in Pte. Claire. The organizers do a very fine job and we are very grateful to them. We were about 30 Montreal Urban Sketchers working frenetically at timeshaving to deal with the strong winds gusting from Lake St. Louisand the minute that we would deposit our paints on the paper, they were already dry. Working in plein-air certainly has its challenges and its rewards.

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:: Sunday Sketching Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire on July 8th :: Dimanche le 8 juillet à Stewart Hall, Pointe-Claire ::

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On Sunday July 8th the Montreal Urban Sketchers  have been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall is situated in a gorgeous historic mansion and is a unique cultural venue located on the bank of Lake Saint-Louis. It is an absolutely stunning spot to sketch in all seasons!

10:00 am START: Urban Sketchers Montreal
Sketch Stewart Park, Lake Saint-Louis, and the Cultural Centre. Paper and pencils will be provided.

12:00: Picnic
Bring your lunch and sit by the water to enjoy the beginning of summer. Snacks, drinks and ice cream will be available!

2:00 pm: Vernissage MAKING A STAND: Revisited Pedestals – Part III
Everyone is invited to the Art Gallery for the vernissage of the exhibition.

3:00 pm End of the day: Meet-up Montreal Urban Sketchers
We will gather on the patio facing the lake to share our drawings.

During the day there are many other activities available for you. At 11:00 am there will be a Botanical drawing workshop, at noon the Launch of the public piano season Latin jazz and Cuban program and  from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Friends of Stewart Hall book sale, amongst other activities.

In the event of rain, there is a room on the first floor that has been reserved for us; we will still have a nice view over the lake and everything; (but let’s cross our fingers that it won’t rain!)

Directions Stewart Hall on Google Maps: LINK

Hope to see you there -)))

If you are interested in seeing all of the activities during this day, check out this LINK.

On Sunday July 8th the Montreal Urban Sketchers  have been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall is situated in a gorgeous historic mansion and is a unique cultural venue located on the bank of Lake Saint-Louis. It is an absolutely stunning spot to sketch in all seasons!

10:00 am START: Urban Sketchers Montreal
Sketch Stewart Park, Lake Saint-Louis, and the Cultural Centre. Paper and pencils will be provided.

12:00: Picnic
Bring your lunch and sit by the water to enjoy the beginning of summer. Snacks, drinks and ice cream will be available!

2:00 pm: Vernissage MAKING A STAND: Revisited Pedestals – Part III
Everyone is invited to the Art Gallery for the vernissage of the exhibition.

3:00 pm End of the day: Meet-up Montreal Urban Sketchers
We will gather on the patio facing the lake to share our drawings.

During the day there are many other activities available for you. At 11:00 am there will be a Botanical drawing workshop, at noon the Launch of the public piano season Latin jazz and Cuban program and  from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Friends of Stewart Hall book sale, amongst other activities.

In the event of rain, there is a room on the first floor that has been reserved for us; we will still have a nice view over the lake and everything; (but let’s cross our fingers that it won’t rain!)

Directions Stewart Hall on Google Maps: LINK

Hope to see you there -)))

If you are interested in seeing all of the activities during this day, check out this LINK.

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Le dimanche 8 juillet 2018, les Urban Sketchers de Montréal sont invités à participer à un Pique-nique Vernissage au Centre culturel Stewart Hall de Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall est une demeure historique sur un lieu enchanteur situé aux abords du Lac Saint-Louis. Un endroit absolument magnifique pour faire des croquis, en toutes saisons!

À partir de 10h : Urban Sketchers Montréal
Vous aurez l’occasion de faire le croquis du parc Stewart, du lac Saint-Louis et du Centre culturel. Feuilles et crayons seront fournis.

12h: Pique-nique
Apportez votre pique-nique et installez-vous au bord de l’eau pour profiter du début de l’été. Des grignotines, des boissons et de la crème glacée seront offertes.

14h : Vernissage STATUER. Les figures du socle – Partie III
Tous sont invités à la Galerie d’art pour le vernissage de l’exposition.

15h fin de la journéeRencontre Urban Sketchers Montréal
Sur le patio face au lac St-Louis pour partager nos croquis/dessins/peintures et voir ce que les autres ont croqué.

Pendant cette journée il y aura aussi un Atelier de dessin botanique à 11h, le lancement du Piano publicà midi, une Vente de livres Les Amis de Stewart Hall, un Atelier de création artistique à 13h et d’autres événements qui pourraient être fort intéressants à peindre aussi.

Dans l’éventualité de pluie, il y a une pièce qui nous a été réservée face au lac au rez-de-chaussée.

Directions Stewart Hall sur Google Maps: LIEN

En espérant vous voir -)))

Si vous êtes intéressée d’avoir plus d’informations, tous les événements sont bien indiqués ici sous ce LIEN.
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:: Two brushes ::

“Accept everything which happens, even if it seem disagreeable, because it leads to this, the health of the universe.”
— Marc Aurelius

I had a glorious day today with a walk in the forest with my husband and my dog, then came back and joined one of my painting friends at John Abbott College where we decided to both paint a blue house on Lakeshore Road. Well I muffed it up… until she came to the rescue! She told me to try painting with two brushes at the same time!!! One for painting, and one for making the watercolour streaks disappear. Well it worked — thanks Chi Mai -))) She also helped me in so many other ways!

Paper: Arches CP 12″x12″
Colours: MG Azzo Yellow, New Gamboge, Q. Rose, Indanthrone, Burnt Sienna
Location: Lakeshore Road in front of John Abbott & MacDonald Campus

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:: Windy Day ::

In the morning the sea is dead calm and at noon the winds start picking up — thanfully I might add as it is very hot here — but not too hot for my taste.

For this painting I decided to use four different yellows for the coconut fronds… MG Azo Yellow, Sennelier Yellow, New Gamboge and Q. Gold all of them mixed with Cobalt Blue. I find that greens are difficult to paint in watercolour and thankfully, using this method it does not get boring… yeah!

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″ x8″
Location: Bucerias, Niyarit, Mexico

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:: Summer breeze ::

 

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind
— Seals & Croft

Woke up to a sunny windless morning and went swimming in the Pacific for a good 45 minutes. I have to say that this is a perfect holiday! We had dinner with our hosts last night at a local fish restaurant and ate exquisitely. 

While typing this post, I actually thought that we were still in the morning but it is presently 1:10 pm and we still have not had our breakfast… time flies when I am painting. So this is the drawing completed in watercolour this morning.

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Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8
Watercolours: Q. Gold, Cobalt Blue, Raw Sienna, Q. B. Orange & Sap Green
Location: Bucerias, Nayarit, Mexico

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:: Banderas Bay ::

Sorry for the second repost.

We arrived yesterday in Bucerias, a small town north of Puerto Vallarta in Mexico. We have a small kitchenette and we went grocery shopping this morning, and it is quite wonderful to stay here as we are right in front of the beach, in comfortable chairs looking at the sail kiters flying by.

I drew in my first sketch of the beach today as drawing helps me to settle down into my art. If I plunge head first in watercolours, sometimes and often they are just off. So I will be posting the completed painting tomorrow.

Paper: Sketchbook Travelogue 8″x8″

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:: Parc des ancres ::

Start to paint seriously the moment you pick up a brush. If you begin by painting carelessly, with slapdash strokes, you’ll find it difficult to move into more careful painting. Nothing delights a student more than to draw with a paintbrush — the more minute the detail, the better. Avoid doing this. Instead, paint with your brush; think in terms of dimension. Instead of drawing individual hairs, for example, paint their thickness or dimension; paint the light on the hair.
— David A. Leffel

Parc des ancres is situated in a small municipality named Pointe-des-Cascades where the St. Lawrence River cascades down several feet, thus giving it its name. There is a lighthouse and many huge vintage anchors lie along its path.

I have been reading a book named Oil painting secrets from a master by Linda Cateura and even though this is an oil painting book it has a tremendous amount of insights into painting for all mediums. Prominent artist/teacher David A. Leffel shares his secrets for making professional-quality paintings. I highly recommend this book…

Paper: Pentalic Aqua Journal 5″ x 8″
Colours: DS Q. Gold, DS B. Orange, W&N B. Sienna, DS Q. Rose, DS Chromium Blue
Location: Parc des Anches, Pointe-des-Cascades

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:: Little things for my Mom ::

Little drops of water,
Little grains of sand,
Make the mighty ocean
And the pleasant land.
Thus the little minutes,
Humble though they be,
Make the mighty ages
Of eternity.
— by Julia Abigail Fletcher Carney

Today it is Mother’ Day and I wanted to paint a bouquet of wild flowers for my Mom, as I know that she loves flowers. At 93 years old, my Mom is quite extraordinary. You see, when I post this, she will go on the computer, get her emails and then find my post and she will comment on it. Do you know many 93 year olds that can do this? She also has a very good spirit, has a solid sense of humour, is able to relate and has tons of common sense. Oh no! She is not the type of woman to whine that her children do not come to see her enough, or that they do not care for her enough or that they should hold her hand all day long! Oh no! She does not do that. As she took care of her own father for most of her life, she is very much aware of the toll — however I must point out that when I go to see her, it makes me happy and not the reverse. When I meet with her she can talk about politics, world events and casualties and always always knows how to appease me. One of her famous quotes to me is: “Don’t worry Jane, things will take care of themselves… don’t push things around, everything falls into their proper order.” One day I asked her if she was satisfied with her life. And she said: “Absolutely! I have never desired more than I ever had — I was always happy with what I had and never asked for more.” Wow, wow, wow! I think that she needs to teach all of us some lessons in life. Have a good one Mom, hope that you sleep well and that you eat your proteins tomorrow, at least enough to sustain you for the day! Keep up your spirits, as they are fabulous!

Jane, Your Daughter

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Pyrrol Crimson, Q. Rose, Q. Gold and Ultramarine
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: School’s out ::

      Well we got no choice
All the girls and boys
Making all that noise
‘Cause they found new toys
Well we can’t salute ya
Can’t find a flag
If that don’t suit ya
That’s a drag
     School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
School’s been blown to pieces
      No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks
      Well we got no class
And we got no principles
And we got no innocence
We can’t even think of a word that rhymes
      School’s out for summer
School’s out forever
My school’s been blown to pieces
      No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks
      Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all
      School’s out forever
School’s out for summer
School’s out with fever
School’s out completely
— Alice Cooper
And yes school is finally over, at least the correcting, prepping and teaching parts… I still have things to do for school and I need to prepare for my next semester, but I can start concentrating on getting in shape (as I am definitely not at this point) and painting. Two goals for moi -) and of course puttering around the house, doing some daily chores.
I painted today just around the corner from my house, a century old house on 60 acres of forest land… quite a beautiful spot.
Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Sennelier Yellow, Q. Rose, B. Sienna, Cobalt Blue, some Indanthrone
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada
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:: May’s Iris ::

Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.
The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien

One of my previous students posted a photograph that she took of one of her irises last summer and I kept the photograph which I painted today. This is May’s iris, who lives in Beaconsfield. We also had a nice brunch with some friends this morning and then went on to visit Shari Blaukopf’s solo exhibit in Pointe-Claire and wow! She is such a beautiful watercolour artist. Congratulations Shari –)

This iris was painted with watercolours in a Moleskine sketchbook using tons of pigmented water being dropped on the page, and not scrubbed in. (See yesterday’s post if you are perplexed). I first drew it in and then painted it… Glad with the result and I really don’t know which one that I prefer… how about you? Can you guess the answer to the riddle?

Sketchbook: Moleskine
Watercolours: Mineral Violet, Ultramarine & Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Rainy Day 2 ::

This thing all things devours;
Birds, beasts, trees, flowers;
Gnaws iron, bites steel;
Grinds hard stones to meal;
Slays king, ruins town,
And beats mountains down.
The Hobbit by J.R.R.Tolkien riddle

I don’t know why I love painting in a Moleskine Sketchbook so much as it is not really made for watercolour. It is mostly a drawing type of paper as it has some type of glaze on top of it that makes the watercolour pearl into drops onto the page instead of being absorbed… and I love that quality! It makes for very intense and deep colours. The trick is to manage to let the watercolour pearl on top of the paper instead of scrubbing it in and let it dry from a long time -) Can you guess J.R.R’s riddle from The Hobbit?

Sketchbook: Moleskine 5″ x 8″
Watercolours: Q. Gold, Cerulean Blue Chromium & B. Sienna

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:: Rainy Day ::

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”
— Plato

As today in Rigaud it is a rainy, cold day the idea of going out for sketching is not very appealing and looking at my calendar, I realized that I have not posted for a very long while as a few weeks ago I was inundated with school work, then caught a cold which developed into bronchitis and now, finally, I am slowly coming back to my old self. When I have not painted or drawn in awhile I always feel “rusty” and today I decided to draw, which is my very first love. The sense that drawing gives me is always one of well being and of a certain accomplishment.

Sketchbook: Moleskine 5″x8″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Roma Pizza Restaurant ::

“I asked him for some of the money I need to continue my work.
He told me to come around on Monday.
I went on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and there was no money.
On Friday someone else came to the door and threw me out.
I’m discouraged about getting paid for this job.”

— Michelangelo on May 12, 1506 to a friend — LINK

On Friday between two appointments I was in St-Lazare and was parked right in front of this restaurant… what better opportunity to draw this cute little restaurant? So I drew and inked it on location, but painted it in today. Today was a beautiful spring-like day even though the temperatures were cold at -16C and we still have tons of snow at my house… no asphalt to be seen around here. But the sun was glorious and warm so all is good.

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″ x 8″ spread
Watercolours: New Gamboge, Pyrrol Crimson, B. Sienna & Cobalt Blue
Location: St-Lazare, Québec, Canada

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Twigs :: Rameaux

From you have I been absent in the spring,
When proud pied April dress’d in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing,
That heavy Saturn laugh’d and leap’d with him.
Yet nor the lays of birds nor the sweet smell
Of different flowers in odour and in hue
Could make me any summer’s story tell,
Or from their proud lap pluck them where they grew;
Nor did I wonder at the lily’s white,
Nor praise the deep vermilion in the rose;
They were but sweet, but figures of delight,
Drawn after you, you pattern of all those.
Yet seem’d it winter still, and, you away,
As with your shadow I with these did play.
— Shakespeare’s Sonnet #98

This sonnet shows how Shakespeare misses being a young man.

A bit of spring — oh I will rewind —  a whole bunch of Spring on my mind today. A sure sign that Spring has arrived (even though we still have feet of snow at our doorstep) is that I started fertilizing my houseplants last week and now I am getting ready to identify our 2000 trees that we have on our lot… We have tried keeping as many trees as we can since we building here… took out the ones where our house is, and that’s it! Nowhere else. My problem with the identification process is that I would like to tag the trees as I slowly identify them… but with what? Does anyone have any suggestions? Something that would stay permanently and does not cost too much?

The best time to identify trees is during early Spring, just as the buds open and this page acts as a quick reminder of what each tree twig looks like. I will do another set at some point in time. Hope that you liked this!

Moleskine Sketchbook #24 5.5″ x 8.5″
Fountain Pen: Pilot Falcon SEF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, B. Sienna, Burnt Umber, Pyrrol Scarlet, Cerulean Chromium

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:: Icarus ::

We are at the centre of the galaxy only in our own minds.
The Book of Life

Well as you can see I have gone over the week limit and have not been able to obtain the magic number of 100 people… however, I did get 65 in total! How did I get that? Well it feels as though I cheated today, but I have been developing an idea that might take form later on in my life and I told myself why not have some fun? So here is an imaginary scene with imaginary people. Hope that you like it.

Even though this week was March Break, for me it was a fair amount of work. Amidst correcting students that handed their projects on time, waiting for those who handed them late… argh… or not at all (what is happening with my first years?), preparing for some new projects, preparing exams, I was much busier that I had hoped for. So March Break should perhaps be called “Work week” for teachers. I was thankful though to have this week to stay at home and catch up with everything that I had to do without being disturbed… very pleasurable nonetheless.

Paper: Bockingford 30″x 22″ folded 7.5″ x 5.5″
Fountain Pen: Pilot Falcon SEF with De Atramentis Document Black Ink

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Day 3 :: #OneWeek100People2018

All great works of art are rather difficult to access.
The reader who thinks them easy has failed to penetrate to the heart of the work. 

— André Gide 1869-1951

Up to 40 people today, yeah! This challenge is a challenge, to say the least. Drawing people is not what really attracts me as an artist, and I know that if I persevere I might find that I am getting better at it? Perhaps, I am hopeful -)

Today I went to the Fairview Mall in Pointe-Claire and the minute that I sat down a man said: “You must not know how to draw if you measure the way that you do?”… oh my! That deflated me a bit, and I gave him this answer: “Artists have different ways of working and my way is by measuring to get my proportions right.” I got up and found another spot as he was really looming over my shoulder and breathing down my back. Then a wonderful asian woman with most probably her grandson kept smiling and waving at me and they made my previous encounter less awkward. Felt good -))). When painting with the Urban Sketchers the power of the group is quite wonderful as we look out for each other.

Paper: Bockingford 30″x 22″ folded 7.5″ x 5.5″
Watercolours: MG Payne’s Grey

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Day 2 :: #OneWeek100People2018

A box without hinges, key or lid
yet golden treasure inside is hid.
— J.R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo the Hobbit

I did not have much time today and I wanted to draw faces up close… really close. So again I chose a photograph on the net of a family of three people. What I tried doing today is trying to find a specific characteristic that enhanced the likeness of the person…as to me this is the real challenge as I find that all of my portraits look alike.I tried focusing on one feature at a time. Choosing people with different hair styles helps alot!

So now I am at 23 people and tomorrow I am going to sketch at Fairview Pointe-Claire for around 1:00 pm or a little earlier if I can. Can you guess the answer to the riddle?

Paper: Bockingford 30″x 22″ folded 7.5″ x 5.5″
Watercolours: Q. Gold, Pyrrol Scarlet, Raw Sienna, B. Sienna and Cobalt Blue.

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:: #OneWeek100People2018 ::

What has roots that nobody sees
is taller than trees,
up up it goes
and yet never grows?
— J.R. Tolkien in Bilbo the Hobbit

I really juggled with the idea of participating in the #OneWeekOneHundredPeople Challenge by Marc Taro Holmes and Liz Steele. Some of the reasons why I am reticent is that first I have tons of correcting to do and I wonder how I will find the time to draw 100 people. Also, drawing people is intimidating for me, and I lack practice so I thought what better way than to practice this skill? I did have to muster up my courage though.

So after having thought about it for awhile, I decided that for my first day I would find a photograph on the net of people sitting in a café where there would already be 20 people there. So one painting, 20 people, instead of several small paintings… yeah! A kind of a warm-up exercise.

A few months ago I had folded a huge 30″x22″ Bockingford 140 lbs sheet the way that Cathy Johnson teaches it on YouTube. If you would like to see how she does this, it is quite simple in reality and gratifying too! You can view it here. So this is the sketchbook that I am using today to fill with my 100 people -)))

So this is a warmup exercise as tomorrow I will be in Montreal and I might not find the time… so this means that on Wednesday I’ll do 40! On Wednesday I am planning on going in the afternoon in the mall at Fairview Pointe-Claire. So if some of you would like to join me, I will be there, sketching away.

Paper: Bockingford 30″x22″ folded 7.5″ x 5.5″
Watercolours: Q. Gold, Cobalt Blue, B. Sienna, Mineral Violet

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:: Death of a lady’s man ::

Take the word butterfly. To use this word it is not necessary to make the voice weigh less than an ounce or equip it with small dusty wings. It is not necessary to invent a sunny day or a field of daffodils. It is not necessary to be in love, or to be in love with butterflies. The word butterfly is not a real butterfly. There is the word and there is the butterfly. If you confuse these two items people have the right to laugh at you. Do not make so much of the word. Are you trying to suggest that you love butterflies more perfectly than anyone else, or really understand their nature? The word butterfly is merely data. It is not an opportunity for you to hover, soar, befriend flowers, symbolize beauty and frailty, or in any way impersonate a butterfly. Do not act out words. Never act out words.
— Death of a Lady’s Man by Leonard Cohen

Today I am in a Rectify Soundtrack, seasons 1, 2, 3 & 4 type of mood on Spotify. I love love love Johnny Cash and the soundtrack is eclectic and moody. I have often painted this scene which is situated in St-Clet and it is called Sinagri Sec on rue Du Moulin. I seem to like grungy scenes, backyards are so much more interesting than front yards… and the artist in me wishes that I could have access to all backyards near me… funny how people maintain the front and not the back, huh, just sayin’…

These three paintbrushes are my favourite ones, and not the most expensive ones I might add. The one on the right is from Rosemary & Co Sable blend SER 401 which comes from Manchester, England from last year’s trip to England. The second one was a gift from a friend that travelled to the Picasso Museum in Malaga and has not left my side since. The third one on the bottom left is a daVinci Casaneo #489 mop which can soak up an incredible amount of water, so this one was very good for the sky wash in the background.

I have painted this scene a few times and you can see it here.

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook #22 8″x8″
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, DS Raw Sienna, DS Cerulean Chromium, MG Mineral Violet & WN Burnt Sienna
Location: Sinagri Sec on rue Du Moulin in St-Clet, Québec, Canada

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:: Precision needed… ::

“We die. That may be the meaning of life,”
— Toni Morrison asserted in her spectacular Nobel Prize acceptance speech.
“But we do language.
That may be the measure of our lives.”

Sometimes I need precision in my life and one way to achieve this is through music. Listening to Bach’s Goldberg Variations by the eminent Glenn Gould (and Canadian to say the least) calms my soul when it is perturbed. Having played Bach throughout my life I can relate to Gould’s need for perfection AND mathematics… and this he did obtain through his sensitivity and brilliance!

Today I went to the Montpetit Funeral Home in Valleyfield to offer my condolences to a very dear friend, Benoit, who lost his 58 year old brother. Must be extremely hard! Met a few very old acquaintances there also, reminiscences and all… so many years ago.

So Pyper my dog permitted me to draw him tonight for half of his face… this in itself is a feat as he never lets me draw him… the minute that he sees me pen in hand, looking at him, he reunites with his 34th triple sense… oh no! She cannot look at me this way — LOL -)

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:: John Coltrane Frame of Mind ::

Damn the rules,
it’s the feeling that counts.
— John Coltrane

I started listening to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue album and then switched to John Coltrane — and that was my aha moment. This was the music that truly represented my frame of mind today… languid, relaxed and in a reading kind of mode. I sat next to the big windows in the living room, feeling the sun soak into my body as I was reading one of Rutherford’s historical novels “Londonium”. This is a big book, spanning over 2000 years of history, where you have to keep up with the names, places, kings and slings.

This is when I started to paint from a photograph that I had taken last week in St-Clet. I did not have the colours in my eye, so to say. Which blue would I use? Cobalt, Cerulean, French Ultramarine? Sooo I decided to put all of them, and almost met with a disaster! When I scanned in my painting, then my paint was not totally dry and a streak appeared. Oh well, one of these days where I am just probably a tad too relaxed -))) Painting from a photograph is never as spontaneous as painting in “plein air” as it is more intellectual than physical. The comfort of it is so nice though…

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook
Watercolours: Mainly Cerulean Chromium, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue and some Gamboge, Mineral Violet & Pyrrol Crimson

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