:: Inktober 17 Graceful ::

#Inktober2017 —  #17 — Graceful Theme

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:: Inktober 16 Fat ::

Drawing is the probity of art.
— Ingrès

Fiew — I really had trouble coming with an idea for the inktober “fat” theme, and it seems  that my drawing is more political than fanciful. #inktober 2017

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:: Inktober 15 mysterious ::

Easter Island Moai
— by John Curtis, poet

Their faces mottled grey
neolithic axe heads;
trolls rising from
the worn steep green slopes.

Some stand in line on low
dais, wearing pillbox hats;
perverse stone doughnuts.
Stoic. Gazing unmoved.

Many, part clawed from the
clinging rock, leaning, watch
the endless procession
of pale drifting clouds.

Deep shadowed eyes stare
blindly from beneath broad
ledged brows; impassive,
incurious. Aloof.

Alone under bird-haunted
skies, surrounded by the
vast-horizoned oceans.
Mysterious. Unknown.

What is more mysterious than the Easter Island moais, carved human figures, some weighing as much as 82 tons? So here is my #Inktober2017 #15 mysterious theme.

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:: Inktober 14 Fierce ::

The scariest moment is always just before you start.
— Stephen King

For the #Inktober2017 Fierce theme today my thoughts went to a giant tsunami wave and then was inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s beautiful iconic wave. This tsunami is hovering over skyscrapers, waiting to crash down on them… geez! I am having some very positive thoughts aren’t I?

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:: Inktober Teeming ::

#Inktober Teeming Theme.

After thinking about it, I came back to the drawing board and decided to change my subject as I was not too happy with my coffee cup. So here is the new one, and I am indeed happier with this one as the idea is mine (Nicholas G. had given me the other idea and I guess that if it does not come from your gut, it does not work… thanks Nicholas!)

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:: Inktober 12 Scatterbrain ::

It’s not what you gather,
but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.

— Helen Walton

The #Inktober2017 theme today is “scattered” and it is in sync with my present frame of mind! With too much correcting, teaching, preparing courses and planning a future exhibit, I am getting tired. Yikes! What I want to do is just paint, draw and relax… I yearn to curl up and just read a good book. But I guess that this will have to wait until the Christmas holidays. Sigh…

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Carbon Pen Desktop EF
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte & De Atramentis Document Black
Watercolour: DS Raw Sienna
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober2017 #11 Scattered

 

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:: Inktober 11 Run ::

I’ve developed a new philosophy.
I only dread one day at a time!
— Charlie Brown

Today’s theme was “run” and I thought of someone having control over a storm but too stupid to let it go… humph! So run damnit! Perhaps thought that he is trying to save the city, and bringing it elsewhere? But it’s too late…

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White & Black Star Matte
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober2017 #11 Run

 

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:: Inktober 10 Gigantic ::

“The emotions have … their own sense of scale. In the emotional world a small thing can touch the heart and the imagination every bit as much as something impressively gigantic.”
— Henry Beston

For this gigantic theme, I had quite a few ideas… a gigantic meteorite coming towards Earth (I thought too close to our current fears), then had this idea of a giant pumkpin sitting somewhere in the dark. I chose this idea because I still wanted to test out a bit more the effects of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White and also to try out my new Black Star Matte ink colours… and wow! Usually black leaves streaks of grey, but not this one. It is dense, opaque, non streaking and can be diluted with water too. The grey sky colour is a mix of the Black Star colour with the Pen-White colour and this one did streak, but still good as the white is very opaque too. I am glad with these experiments today.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink & Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White & Black Star Matte
Watercolour: DS B. Orange
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober2017 #10 Gigantic Theme.
#ink #watercolour #painting #inktober

 

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:: Inktober 9 screech theme : The invisible driver ::

The creative process helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Creativity retrains you to accomplish just for the self instead of others.
— Debbie Mandel

The screech theme, so many options available. I thought first that I could draw an owl in full flight screeching at its victim. Then I thought of someone screaming at someone. Then I thought of a car screeching past me… and that was it!

This Inktober challenge is a great challenge and at the same time so needed. It is forcing me to discover ideas and how to plan without having the “real” thing in front of me, something that I have been relying on in past years, then changing and playing with different mediums. In watercolour, when it comes to adding white the choices are always very difficult as when I add Titanium White it fades by 30%, never stays at 100% opacity. Then I tried white gouache and it pretty much did the same thing. Lo and behold, today I bought Dr. Ph Martin’s Pen-White ink and wow, it does not dilute on the paper and stays at 100%…. yeahhhh! Where this ink is the thickest, it takes awhile to dry (it is still drying at the moment, so this is why I took a picture of my painting instead of scanning it in) and I can use it with my paintbrushes and it is water soluble… can I ask for more? No!

I also discovered a new app for my iPhone which works very well for taking pictures, cost me $3.99 and it takes really nice night pictures. It is called Camera+ and when you are taking the picture, there is a grid that appears to keep things straight, which is very helpful.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink & Dr Ph. Martin’s Pen-White
Colours: DS Pyrrol Scarlet, DS Cerulean Chromium & DS Raw Sienna
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from a reference photo
#Inktober2017 9 Screech Theme.
#ink #watercolour #watercolor #painting #inktober

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:: Inktober 8 Crooked Theme ::

Why do you paint?
For exactly the same reason I breathe.
— E.E. Cummings from Brainpickings.org

These Inktober themes are really challenging me as I usually am more of an Urban Sketcher, meaning that I try to paint what I see in my environment and not through the computer screen, nor photographs and oh my, certainly not from my imagination! Well, not anymore as these themes have to be found within me and then drawn or painted as I see fit… they are never close to what I had in mind, but I think that the correlation between my imagination and my pen is improving.

I drew in pencil first, as I do not have the courage for now to go straight to ink pen as I usually do, and then I went over with my Hero 573 Fube Nib Fountain Pen. I originally thought to keep this in a  monochromatic black theme, but I got carried away as usual… some buildings in the distance, a road and this “crooked” person stealing an innocent bystander.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Hero 573 Fube Nib with De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober 8 Crooked Theme

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:: Inktober 7 Shy Dawn ::

A glimmer of light cannot truly be seen without much that is dark,
and darkness cannot truly be felt without shadowy forms rising from the blackness.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: PITT Brush Artist Pens
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober 7 Shy Theme

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:: Inktober 6 Sword ::

Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanter’s wand! itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyze the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! Take away the sword;
States can be saved without it!
— Lytton

I used the Hero 573 Fube Nib as it is a highly flexible tool. It can make very fine lines (when you use the fountain pen upside down) and if you draw at an angle, creates very thick lines. It is also a flexible nib meaning that be pressing on the nib, more ink flows out which makes drawing with one pen only ideal. I really liked using it today, even though it does take some time to get used to it. It is a very heavy fountain pen though, so for those of you who like drawing “light” this is not your pen.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Hero 573 Fube Nib with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination

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:: Inktober 5 “long” theme ::

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller)

A totally imaginary personage. I started with giving a very long neck to my character, and then I painted it in. By painting in some parts, another part revealed itself and then I just had to add the arms… and voilà! Two characters in one. Kind of cool. #Inktober5. I am still waiting for my delivery of brush pens and technical pens to arrive… hope to see them tomorrow -)

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada taken from my imagination

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:: Inktober 4 Underwater Theme ::

To sense this world of waters known to the creatures of the sea we must shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place, and enter vicariously into a universe of all-pervading water.
— Rachel Carson

Whales — I love them all! I drew this first with a Carbon Pen EF and then put on the watercolour paints on top. Having fun with #Inktober4.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada taken from a reference photo

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:: #Inktober 3 Poison Vial ::

In the porches of my ears did pour
The leperous distilment; whose effect
Holds such an enmity with blood of man
That swift as quicksilver it courses through
The natural gates and alleys of the body…
–Hamlet from Shakespeare

An excerpt from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in this play where poison thrives… Yesterday I bought a selection of brush pens and technical pens from JetPens.com. They should arrive shortly and I will talk about these when I do! I am enjoying this Inktober sketching themes.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Pen: Pilot Fineliner (permeable) for shadows
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Inktober 2 Divided ::

My second #Inktober2017 carrying the theme Divided. A city divided by the full force of an earthquake… Still using the same pen as yesterday as I wanted to experiment more and this pen does not like to go over a watery area. It tears the paper apart, and creates little scuff marks. Thought that I would be able to get denser greys, but alas. Tomorrow will try something else.

Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pen :: indian ink :: waterproof
Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Inktober #1::

Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands. Then you can think of the thing before you.
— Sherwood Anderson

I am joining #inktober this year for the first time ever and I will be testing out black permanent inks, black non-permanent inks, steel nibs, fountain pens, various inks and paper. I have a pile of paper to test this out too, should be fun! This will be ideal for me as I can mostly do all of this from my house or at school. Yeah!

Even though the Faber-Castell PITT pens say that the ink is waterproof, when I used my Kuretake waterbrush the ink faded… and I was happy though surprised. The Zeta paper is perfect for line ink drawings, as it is very smooth, so this will be my go to sketchbook for this month…

Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pen :: indian ink :: waterproof
Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Ottawa and its’ lovely trees ::

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
     Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
     And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
— Housman

Had a fabulous time in Shari Blaukopf’s “Painting trees” workshop today in Ottawa. It was a short workshop, 3.5 hours and perfect! My husband walked the whole time through the beautiful streets of Ottawa and bought some food at the Byward Market and I painted the city’s beautiful trees. Wow! Shari mentioned, quite a few times, that when you paint trees you have to leave them alone after awhile and not fuddle too much with details… I tried my best not to, and hardly did I swear -))) We went straight to paints, without any ink or pencil lines… cool.

We also received beautiful presents from #Winsor&Newton too. Watercolour tube paints, a paint palette and some info. Very nice indeed.

Paper: Handbook Field Watercolour Journal
Colours: New Gamboge, B. Sienna & French Ultramarine
Location: Plaza Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario

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:: Friendships ::

A friend is not to be found in the world such as one can conceive of, such as one needs, for no human being unites so many of the attributes of God as we feel our nature requires…. We have therefore a circle whom we call friends, giving a name to the whole, which perhaps in its singular occupation might be used for the combination. Out of the whole circle we may make up a single friend. We love them all but we love the union of all better.
— Maria Mitchell from Brain Pickings

This weekend I went to the funeral of a friend that died in a car accident — none of this his fault and of his better half of 43 years, Monique. He died instantly and she made it safe & sound physically, the mental challenges will take awhile. You wonder then about what friendship means and in hindsight, I have to say that he was a true gentleman! He was somewhat of an introvert, intelligent, curious and respectful. I remember at some point when I was perhaps 19 years old I had drunk too much alcohol at an open-air concert and I had fallen asleep on the grass. He stayed next to me through the whole time, accompanying me when I had to go to the toilet, again when I was wondering what time it was. He stayed next to me, making sure that I would be ok. Thank you Jacques for caring!

When I found out that he had died I was waiting at Gatwick Airport for our plane and time expanded in a second and then collapsed in the following second. Every time that we had met over the years, for parties, for supper, for a swim or just walking on the street, these memories came charging back at me. These memories expanded and punched me in the gut. I could see all of them through some warped timeline. The last one was very sad. Will miss you…

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Colours: Q. Gold, B. Sienna, Pyrrol Crimson & Indanthrone Blue
Location: Looking out of the window at my house in Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme ::

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to be see beyond the usual — become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
— The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

As Fall is approaching here, the leaves are turning a golden hue with some bursts of oranges and deep purple… it is already starting here. The peak of the season is usually near October 15th here in southern Québec, and this date varies with the latitude that you are living in. A book that I often delve in is The Art Spirit as it is profoundly spiritual in an artistic sense. Henri must have been a wonderful teacher, and I do hope that some days, a very few perhaps, I might inspire my students as Henri inspires me!

These flowers were photographed by a famous writer here in Canada, Kim Thuy and she won the Giller prize for her book Ru. Her first photograph were of these flowers in their fragrant bloom (which I have posted before), and the second photograph is the flowers with the petals falling… I thought that it was appropriate with our imminent fall season. She mentioned this quote to me when she sent me the second photograph. “Presque arrivées à leur destination”. Well said Kim! This painting is part of the next exhibit that I will be taking part in November 2018 that is called Square Foot Exhibition. All are welcome. #squarefootexhibition2017.

Paper: Fluid 100
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black
Fountain Pen: Carbon Desk Pen EF
Location: Reference photograph here in Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Square Foot Exhibition 2017 ::

« Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme. »
— Abhinaya Darpana

I am in the process of preparing some cards for this exhibit that will be taking place on Saturday November 11, 2017 in Senneville, Québec. Everyone is invited and this is a fabulous event as it is a fundraising activity for the Old Brewery Mission and an Art sale. I know that it is still far away calendar-wise, but add it to your agenda — I would love to meet some of you! I have one drawing that is ready, more to come at some later point in time -)

Je suis en préparation pour une nouvelle exposition qui va se tenir le samedi 11 novembre 2017 à Senneville, Québec. Voici un aperçu et j’espère que vous allez aimer et j’aimerais bien que vous puissiez y venir pour nous voir. C’est aussi une chance de donner au Old Brewery Mission dont une partie des ventes bénéficiera. Une belle cause pour des gens qui en ont bien de besoin.

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:: Happy tugboat ::

“Surprise is key in all art.”
— Oscar Niemeyer

Today the sunshine was out, over 60 sketchers turned up to sketch, draw, paint and talk together and it was an amazing day. The site was actually very rewarding as there were a multitude of things to paint… actually we will have to come back! Old grain silos, wonderful vistas of Old Montreal, a beautiful red tugboat, Habitat 67, boaters, people, bikers galore and much more. Everyone said that they wanted to come back, and they are right! We will -) Sketchers from as far away as Victoria B.C. showed up, the Eastern Townships, Sherbrooke and Burlington, Vermont. What a neat crowd of people, and we all seemed very happy to be there. It was a very rewarding day.

I took a picture of all of us (except moi the photographer) holding our sketchbooks and grinning into the camera. Enjoy and hope to see you next month, for the 4th Sunday at Marché Jean-Talon -)

Paper: Field Watercolor Journal
Colours: Hansa Yellow Medium, Raw Sienna, Pyrrol Scarlet, Pyrrol Crimson, Cerulean Chromium Blue & Burnt Sienna
Fountain Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Pen, EF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Location: Maison des éclusiers, Old Port, Montreal, Québec, Canada

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:: Weekend of prepping ::

In proportion to his force,
the artist will find in his work an outlet for his proper character.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Art”

A weekend of prepping courses, drawings & paintings for a future show in November which I will talk about at a later date, prepping my watercolour paraphernalia in order to be ready for tomorrow’s Montreal Urban Sketching meet-up and finally trying to prepare some relaxing time too!

The semester started with a bang, and I was quite exhausted by the end of the week. Young people have tons of energy and start fidgeting if you do not keep them challenged/entertained… Challenging students while helping the ones that are struggling — quite a feat I must admit and I easily get energized out.

What I have noticed is that drawing or painting boosts my energy levels and gives me a sense a satisfaction like nothing else can.This took me about four hours to complete, as I had to stop several times as my hand was crisping — LOL -) I feel so bloody satisfied once a drawing or painting has been accomplished, it is an incredible feeling… and for the feeling to endure, I must be satisfied with my art. So today I am satisfied.

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

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Maison des éclusiers, dimanche 27 août 2017 :: Sunday August 27th at Maison des éclusiers

Pour le 4e dimanche du mois d’août, le 27 août, la sortie des Urban Sketchers de Montréal se fera à un tout nouvel endroit, à la Maison des éclusiers (face à la rue McGill, 400 ouest, rue de la Commune). On se rencontre pour 10h le matin. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Activité gratuite
– Point de départ à 10h au 400 ouest de la Commune sous l’enseigne Maison des éclusiers.
Jane Hannah et Nathalie Zinger seront là pour vous accueillir.
– Dîner: libre ou apporter votre lunch. On y retrouve plusieurs petits restos à cet endroit.
– Rendez-vous à 15h : partage des croquis à la Maison des éclusiers en buvant un café ou un thé?

Points d’intérêt
Le Canal Lachine, des silos à grains, une vue panoramique du Vieux-Montréal (elle est incroyable), des bateaux de plaisance et un super beau “tugboat” rouge, des écluses, etc. C’est aussi à cet endroit que l’émission d’été Indice UV est filmée -)

Comment s’y rendre
Par autobus, métro ou Bixi. Pour les personnes vivant à l’extérieur de Montréal, il y a peu de stationnement tout près, donc arrivez plus tôt ou prendre le métro jusqu’à la station Square Victoria. Ne pas oublier que les dimanches le stationnement est gratuit jusqu’à 13h.

Si la météo s’avère pluvieuse, nous vous annoncerons un plan B un  jour avant notre sortie.
Au cas où ils annoncent une pluie légère, il y a plusieurs petits restos où l’on pourrait se regrouper en petits groupes et boire un thé ou un café…

Page Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — pour avoir plus d’information et demander des détails joignez-vous à nous -)

Pour renseignements supplémentaires
Jane Hannah : janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger : nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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The Montreal Urban Sketchers are having their monthly meetup on Sunday August 27th in a new setting at the Maison des éclusiers, 400 rue de la Commune West. This is just at the corner of de la Commune and McGill Streets. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Free admission
– Meeting point at 10 a.m.: Maison des éclusiers, 400 West de la Commune
– Go sketching -)))
– For lunch: Where you desire or bring your own lunch. There are many little restos in the area.
– Meeting point at 3 p.m.: at the Maison des éclusiers while drinking a coffee or tea?

Points of Interest
Canal Lachine, grain silos, a panoramic view of Old Montreal, yachts, a beautiful red tugboat, people, cyclists, runners, very old and new buildings, locks, etc..

How to get there
By metro, bus or Bixi as there is a Bixi station right there. For people living outside of Montreal, be aware that there is not that much parking.. however, the good news is  that parking is free on Sundays until 1:00 pm.

In case of rain, a plan B will be sent out to you the day before.
In case of light rain, there are many nearby shops and cafes – we could break into small groups to find spots to sketch and drink tea or coffee…

Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — for more information on this activity and future activities, please join us on Facebook -)

For additional information, please contact:
Jane Hannah: janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger: nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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:: Montreal USK exhibition in the Hall of Honour Montreal City Hall from August 23rd to September 6th 2017 ::

Exposition USK Montréal dans le hall d’honneur de l’hôtel de ville de Montréal du 23 août au 6 septembre 2017/Montreal USK exhibition in the Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall from August 23rd to September 6th 2017

Dans le cadre du 375e anniversaire de la ville de Montréal, Urban Sketchers Montréal en étroite collaboration avec Héritage Montréal, vous invite à une exposition qui aura lieu du mercredi 23 août au mercredi 6 septembre dans le hall d’honneur de l’Hôtel de ville de Montréal situé au 275, rue Notre-Dame Est Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1C6.

Montréal Monument vous fera découvrir Montréal à travers les dessins, croquis et aquarelles faits sur le motif par une cinquantaine d’artistes urbains.

Dans le cadre de l’exposition, le hall d’honneur de l’Hôtel de ville est accessible en tout temps aux visiteurs, touristes et citoyens, du lundi au vendredi de 8 h 30 à 17 h (sauf les jours fériés) ainsi que les samedis de 12 h à 16 h.

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=5798,142140972&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Au plaisir de vous voir.

As part of the city’s 375th anniversary, Urban Sketchers Montréal, in collaboration with Héritage Montréal, invites you to an exhibition that will take place from Wednesday, August 23 to Wednesday, September 6, in the Hall of Honour of Montreal’s City Hall, located at 275 Notre-Dame Street East Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C6.

Montréal Monument will allow you discover Montreal through drawings, sketches and watercolors done on location by over fifty urban artists.

As part of the exhibition, the Hall of Honour at City Hall is open to visitors, tourists and citizens from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm (excluding public holidays) and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm.

Hope to see you there.

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Au plaisir de vous voir.

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:: The lopsided pine ::

La Barre and other Musicians
9 May 1663.
At Mr Jarvas’s my old barber, I did try two or three borders and periwigs, meaning to wear one, and yet I have no stomach for it, but the pains of keeping my hair clean is so great. He trimmed me, and at last I parted, but my mind was almost altered from my first purpose, from the trouble that I foresee will be in wearing them also.

I have been reading a booklet entitled: Costume in Art by the National Gallery in London and the themes are quite funny sometimes as you can read in the above two paragraphs. Every century has its own moments of pain…

Met up with two of my sketching friends, Mai & Linda at my Cegep today. The weather was gorgeous and the friendship too! I was also glad to give a tour of my beautiful campus and in the afternoon we moved on to the McGill part of the campus to sketch some farm silos. Had a nice day.

Paper: Hand•book Field watercolour journal
Colours: Q. Gold, B. Sienna, B. Umber & Ultramarine
Location: Cégep John Abbott College, Québec, Canada

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:: Quills ::

One smile can start a friendship,
one word can end a fight.
One look can save a relationship,
one person can change your life.

I am starting to prep for my oncoming semester by doing some quick basic pen strokes with my newly filled up Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen, which I love by the way and has to be the best buy there is as it is quick inexpensive (approximately $20 Cdn). This is the first sketchbook that I used when I started drawing and I still love it as this is the older version of glazed paper that they used to sell… now with the newer version of Moleskine Sketchbooks the paper is quite thinner and is not as good quality as before as it has lost the glaze that makes writing and drawing such a pleasure as the ink glides on the paper… alas!

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook Large
Fountain Pen: Platinum Carbon Pen
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Watercolours: Ultramarine & Burnt Sienna

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Maison des éclusiers, dimanche 27 août 2017 :: Sunday August 27th at Maison des éclusiers

Pour le 4e dimanche du mois d’août, le 27 août, la sortie des Urban Sketchers de Montréal se fera à un tout nouvel endroit, à la Maison des éclusiers (face à la rue McGill, 400 ouest, rue de la Commune). On se rencontre pour 10h le matin. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Activité gratuite
– Point de départ à 10h au 400 ouest de la Commune sous l’enseigne Maison des éclusiers.
Jane Hannah et Nathalie Zinger seront là pour vous accueillir.
– Dîner: libre ou apporter votre lunch. On y retrouve plusieurs petits restos à cet endroit.
– Rendez-vous à 15h : partage des croquis à la Maison des éclusiers en buvant un café ou un thé?

Points d’intérêt
Le Canal Lachine, des silos à grains, une vue panoramique du Vieux-Montréal (elle est incroyable), des bateaux de plaisance et un super beau “tugboat” rouge, des écluses, etc. C’est aussi à cet endroit que l’émission d’été Indice UV est filmée -)

Comment s’y rendre
Par autobus, métro ou Bixi. Pour les personnes vivant à l’extérieur de Montréal, il y a peu de stationnement tout près, donc arrivez plus tôt ou prendre le métro jusqu’à la station Square Victoria. Ne pas oublier que les dimanches le stationnement est gratuit jusqu’à 13h.

Si la météo s’avère pluvieuse, nous vous annoncerons un plan B un  jour avant notre sortie.
Au cas où ils annoncent une pluie légère, il y a plusieurs petits restos où l’on pourrait se regrouper en petits groupes et boire un thé ou un café…

Page Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — pour avoir plus d’information et demander des détails joignez-vous à nous -)

Pour renseignements supplémentaires
Jane Hannah : janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger : nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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The Montreal Urban Sketchers are having their monthly meetup on Sunday August 27th in a new setting at the Maison des éclusiers, 400 rue de la Commune West. This is just at the corner of de la Commune and McGill Streets. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Free admission
– Meeting point at 10 a.m.: Maison des éclusiers, 400 West de la Commune
– Go sketching -)))
– For lunch: Where you desire or bring your own lunch. There are many little restos in the area.
– Meeting point at 3 p.m.: at the Maison des éclusiers while drinking a coffee or tea?

Points of Interest
Canal Lachine, grain silos, a panoramic view of Old Montreal, yachts, a beautiful red tugboat, people, cyclists, runners, very old and new buildings, locks, etc..

How to get there
By metro, bus or Bixi as there is a Bixi station right there. For people living outside of Montreal, be aware that there is not that much parking.. however, the good news is  that parking is free on Sundays until 1:00 pm.

In case of rain, a plan B will be sent out to you the day before.
In case of light rain, there are many nearby shops and cafes – we could break into small groups to find spots to sketch and drink tea or coffee…

Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — for more information on this activity and future activities, please join us on Facebook -)

For additional information, please contact:
Jane Hannah: janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger: nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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:: Beautiful Castle Combe in the Cotswalds ::

A quick sketch — we are really travelling and on the go so it is difficult to find any time to sketch. Next week we are spending the entire week in London so there I will have more opportunities -)))

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Roman Baths

My second day with Jane Blundell and her 5-day bootcamp and I have to say that it is quite wonderful… she is a natural teacher, knowledgeable,very nice and has a good rhythm. Not too many demos, always interesting information and we learn a ton! And it is pertinent information, not common or generic knowledge, which I appreciate -) Being a teacher myself, I am aware that teachers tend to be very fussy students –)

Guy and I went to the Roman Baths after the workshop today and we were impressed. It is funny.. when I was in Istanbul and Ephesus two years ago and we were visiting the ruins, these ruins belonged to the Greeks. Today I had the same feeling, to the Romans that arrived in 46 AD! However, as I am presently reading Rutherford’s Londinium book on the history of this city, I know that these ruins belong here and not elsewhere… reading is important for understanding our world.

Paper: Stillman & Birns
Colours: Naples Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine & Pyrrol Crimson Location: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, UK.

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Pulteney Bridge, Bath, UK

We arrived in Bath late Saturday afternoon and were completely bushed as we had been up for  18 hours… hey! Everyone that travels knows about this -) On Sunday we had one day off so Guy and I did some heavy sightseeing — and it was a delight for the eyes and soul. Here is a drawing of Pulteney Bridge, dating from the 1700s and I am planning on adding colour, at some point in time. Instead of scanning I held my painting as the Urban Sketchers do! I think that this is a first for moi.

Today I was in Jane Blundell’s wonderful worshop! Willl post on this one tomorrow -)

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:: New scan with Snapseed ::

A new scan of the same image listed in the previous blog… Snapseed really works well for this -) This software will work well for England — yeah!!!

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Prepping for England

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.
— Georgia O’Keefe

We are preparing for our trip to England and I am testing out my setup with my iPhone and my very small Bluetooth keyboard. I scanned it with CamScanner which worked out well. Later on this week I will test out another app too. The scan lost alot of colours and is far from accurate, but it will have to do. If some of you use a really good app for scanning and colour correcting images, let me know which ones that you use? I still have one week to practice -)

Paper: Hand•book Field Watercolor Journal 7″x10″
Colours: Azo Yellow, Raw Siena, Burnt Sienna, Pyrrol Crimson, Mineral Violet, Sap Green  & Indanthrone Blue
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Sandy Beach, Hudson ::

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.
― George Carlin

Like every Tuesday during the summer about 10 plein air artists gathered at Sandy Beach today. No one was talking and everyone was concentrating on their artwork when the skies opened up and it started raining. Not for too long though, so we were saved and could continue later on. The joys of plein air painting. It was surprising to see how much the beach has receded because of the high water level.

I am still on my summer quest to paint with no ink lines and I am trudging on! For this painting I started painting the sky, then the lake and then finished with the mountains. For the sky colour I used Cerulean Blue Chromium mixed with some Raw Sienna and Q. Rose. For the lake I added Burnt Sienna as it was greyer than the sky. I will have to practice my water as it is not looking up to par. I am quite happy with my skies and the constant practice that I have been doing this past week is paying off.

Paper: Handbook Field Watercolour Journal
Colours: N. Gambodge, Q. Gold, Q. Rose, Raw Sienna, B. Sienna, Cerulean Blue Chromium and Cobalt Blue.
Location: Sandy Beach, Hudson, Québec, Canada

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:: Rigaud Mountain in summer ::

What has roots that nobody sees and is taller than trees?
Up, up, up it goes, and yet never grows.
— JRR Tolkien

We had beautiful day, 21C with the sun shining on the plain and on the mountain… and almost no clouds. A blue sky I have not seen in awhile so I was quite happy to paint it today. One of my greatest difficulties is painting without any ink lines… I love drawing, especially with a fountain pen and to me to let go of that fine tool is scary! So I mustered my courage again and started painting my mountain in Rigaud. Well the first painting was quite overdone as I seem to want to compensate with the colour saturation due to the lack of ink lines -))) My second one is better even though overworked and most colours are too strong, but heck it is presentable.

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 12″x12″
Location: Rigaud West, 4 km from the Ontario border.

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:: Sowing clouds ::

Sow a thought, reap an action;
sow an action, reap a habit;
sow a habit, reap a character;
sow a character, reap a destiny.
— Stephen R. Covey from the excellent blog The Painter’s Keys

Even though the weather has been somewhat more autumn-like — many days of rain interspersed with a few beautiful days — I must admit the clouds have been gorgeous. They are rolling, tumbling over each other, heavy to get where they need to go… light on top and heavy on the bottom, some zooming ahead while others linger as though they wanted to stay a tad longer? Yesterday my husband and I deciphered countries, continents, lions and bears in the cloud formations and yes, even a dragon or two. So today is the same story, rain is coming and the beautiful clouds too.

My first test was with French Ultramarine mixed with some Pyrrol Crimson and Burnt Sienna and the clouds turned out too purplish, in some ways too cute. Then I tried French Ultramarine mixed only with Burnt Sienna and they turned out flat. Then I tried Cerulean Blue Chromium, mixed with Burnt Sienna and that worked. Yeah! So here they are… I did wet my paper a bit beforehand, but not entirely — only some areas running across in a zigzag motion. Then I waited a bit and painted in the Cerulean followed by the Burnt Sienna. Touch and go!

I wanted to mention that I am subscribed to the excellent blog Painter’s Keys and their latest article was on the Seven habits of highly effective artists. It is well worth reading and if you are an artist, you will truly enjoy the depth and sensitivity of their articles.

Paper: Do not know, might be Saunders Waterford CP 9″ x 5.5″
Colours: Q. Gold, DS Cerulean Blue Chromium, WN Burnt Sienna
Location: In my street in Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Summer solstice ::

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
— James Dent

In the beautiful Jack Layton Park in Hudson I sat at one of their picnic tables and pondered how I would paint the magnificent view right in front of me. The Mont Calvaire perched high up, the Ottawa River lapping at my feet and no boats ringing in my ears… heaven -) The wind was feisty and my papers kept blowing about, but ohhh isn’t plein air painting all about this?

Today is the summer solstice and it is always something to honour as I feel that living in the northern regions of North America, you cannot take summer for granted — you cherish it. The longest day of the of year is today, and it is important! Tonight I will sit on my back porch and look at the stars as past 21:00 it will still be light -) I will remember these moments in December on the shortest day of the year…

When I got back home I looked at my painting and thought that there was something wrong with it… until I realized that I had to glaze the clouds with a golden colour. So a wash of Raw Sienna was added on top of my painting for the clouds only and that made it. A much softer result. See the bottom painting without the glaze, the top painting has it.

Paper: Handbook Sketchbook 10″ x 7″
Colours: Q. Rose, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine
Location: Jack Layton Park in Hudson, Québec, Canada

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:: Both sides now ::

     Rows and floes of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way
     But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
     I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
     Moons and Junes and Ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way
     But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away
     I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take, and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all
     Tears and fears and feeling proud
To say “I love you” right out loud
Dreams and schemes and circus crowds
I’ve looked at life that way
     But now old friends are acting strange
They shake their heads, they say I’ve changed
Well something’s lost, but something’s gained
In living every day
     I’ve looked at life from both sides now 
From win and lose and still somehow 
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all
     I’ve looked at life from both sides now 
From up and down and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know life at all
–Joni Mitchell

Today I went to the Parc de la Visitation to paint with a group of painters… and I did not find them. I looked all over, I walked through the whole park, to no avail. No matter, as I found myself a spot and painted away, with no results. I tried painting behind the Maison Meunière on top of the rapids the old stone buildings, but my eyes were not keen on the subject and I overdid it. As I was coming back home, the clouds were simply amazing so I looked and looked at them intently, took a picture as reference and got home to paint this. When I was gazing at them I started thinking that if I put the strong colours in first, and then added white on top that it might work? There are two places that I put in some white top quarter and bottom of the clouds… Let me know what you think.

Paper: Handbook Sketchbook 7″ x 10″
Colours: Titanium White, Q. Gold, B. Sienna, French Ultramarine

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:: Baie d’Urfé Town Hall ::

A distinction is made between artists who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Neither of these methods should be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Often both are used in turn by the same artist.
— Henri Matisse

With Linda Drewry’s outings we were about 15 people painting away on this beautiful & sunless day. We were really going at it! So much so, that I was taken by surprise when they told me that it was time to lunch… lunch already? I am not ready for that! Since June 1st of this “about to become” summer, I decided that I would withhold any pen use… ink pens, ball point pens, technical pens… none at all to force myself to paint without the “lines” that I am so used to. So “this” fact turned me into something or someone else. As one of the gentlest women that were out today, she just said to me: “You are discovering another artist in yourself Jane!” Well I believe her as I cannot see myself in this painting at all — but we are all on a journey, huh?

Paper: Handbook Sketchbook 10″x7″
Colours: New Gambodge, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Deep Sap Green
Location: Baie d’Urfé Town Hall, Québec, Canada

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:: Dog days ::

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.
— Emma Goldman

We actually had a wonderfully hot, humid day that was accompanied by warm gusts of wind — so wonderful to feel the soft wind on our bare skin! Bare skin, we have not seen here for quite awhile as the temperature has been somewhat on the cold side.

So few flowers that I have painted in my life that today, when I decided to paint these beauties that trump the steps of the backyard porch I thought that they would be easy… easy I said? Did you hear that? Humph! Well no, they were not… and when is painting easy? Drawing for me is easy, but painting? No way Jose -))) Still I had the courage to continue and that is good especially that I did not use any ink lines… which makes me uneasy in a way.

For those of you who are interested in painting or drawing with a group of people, Linda Drewry is still at it after 23 years. Here is this Tuesday’s location…

June 13 – Baie D’Urfe Town Hall for 10:00 am. There is a beautiful rock garden here, with ponds and water plants. The Town Hall building itself is charming, and there are usually sailboats moored in the bay. Highway 20, exit Morgan road to the end. I will be there!!!

Paper: Arches Cold Press 5″ x 8″
Colours: Q. Gold, New Gambodge, Pyrrol Scarlet, Q. Rose, Pyrrol Crimson, Phthalo Blue
Ink?: No ink -))) See Shari?

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:: All hushed and still within the house ::

All hushed and still within the house;
Without – all wind and driving rain;
But something whispers to my mind,
Through rain and through the wailing wind,
Never again.
Never again? Why not again?
Memory has power as real as thine.
— Emily Brontë

After having bought most of our train tickets for our England trip this morning, I went to my new beautiful painting/work studio and painted inside, with heat, lights and some nice music on to put the gloom out of the day! Thankfully they are announcing that starting this Thursday we will have near summer temperatures and see the sun again.

The weather here in Quebec is awful this year. It is cold and wet! The trees, grass and shrubs seem to love it as the greens are resplendent and lush… now my job is to capture this greenness right? Well, not so fast! When do you stop splashing on paint? So that the painting is not overdone? How do you convey those soft spring like greens on paper? I guess that this lesson comes with experience, time, a mindful eye and sometimes you get it just right, and some other times, less. When the watercolour has a bead in it, I am painting and not dry-brushing! Yeah!

Sketchbook: Handbook field watercolor journal, 10″ x 7″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen Black — Extra Fine – DP-1000AN-Red (for Larry)
Ink: Noodler’s Lexington Grey
Colours: Hansa Yellow Light (DV), Raw Sienna (DS), Burnt Sienna (W&N) Cobalt Blue (W&N) and Pyrrol Crimson (DS)
Location: Studio painting

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:: Sketchbook Skool & Koosje Koene ::

Focus on the journey, not the destination.
Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
— Greg Anderson

Woke up this morning and to my surprise, I had a good night’s sleep (for those of you who are wondering, just read my previous post) and I was rested and ready to go. Picked up my drawing/watercolour paraphernalia and headed for Old Montreal where I met Larry Marshall from Quebec City and as we sat down to sketch it started raining. So we decided to move and find another vista, which we did, sat down and it started raining again… by this time it was 11:30 am and high time to get back to the Nelson Statue to meet up with Sketchbook Skool Koosje Koene and some USK Montrealers… and guess what? It was still raining. So we actually decided to head towards the Jardin Nelson which has been restored beautifully! They kept the old outside and inside architecture intact and took down all of the inside walls AND the roof and created an indoor café/restaurant with jazz musicians playing throughout the day, huge parasols to keep us safe from the rain and good lighting for sketching! Could you actually ask for more? Other than this, Koosje is a really nice person and the group was in awe! I met some kind-hearted people today…

To stay true to the Urban Sketchers manifest, I drew this on location. Tomorrow I will be painting it in from my house. When I drew this, I was looking towards the sky and seeing these huge parasols that must have at least 30 feet wide or more? Not sure of their size, but they actually looked life flowers to me.

Sketchbook: Handbook field watercolor journal, 10″ x 7″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen Black — Extra Fine – DP-1000AN-Red (for Larry)
Ink: Noodler’s Lexington Grey
Location: Jardin Nelson in Old Montreal

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:: Just one of those days… ::

 “Is the moon or the sun more important?”
and the answer is:
“The moon gives us light at night when we need it.
The sun only provides light in the day when we don’t.
Therefore the moon is more important”.
— Richard Benson “F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers”

Oh what a day that I have just passed! Full of positive and negative emotions, a real coaster ride. First I woke up from a very disturbed night, full of dreams, dreads and tense emotions. Then I received two emails in a row from John Abbott, asking me to be present for the Deans’ List where I was asked to represent two of my students (one in first year, the other in third year) that had achieved the highest honour in their program. Wow! This blew me, made my day! “If you are one of the top 35 students in the College based on overall average, regardless of your program, you will be placed on the Dean’s List. To be eligible for this honour, you must have followed all the courses that are required by your program for the semester. Dean’s List students may also invite to the reception one of their teachers or other college staff member who has made a difference during their course of study.” 35 students out of a possible 7000 the odds are small! So honoured to be a part of this and I am sooo bloody proud of these students — they truly deserve it! They work hard, are passionate, love what they do, and are just brilliant -)

So after a day of ups and downs… one of the downs was that one of my molars broke and I am still trying to find someone to repair it, but I guess that it will have to wait until this coming Monday, I cancelled a meeting tonight that I was really looking forward to, and then another urban sketching drawing meetup with a rep from Sketch Skool that is supposed to take place tomorrow… I guess that I am tired and a bit disoriented. If my tooth is doing well tomorrow, here I come! Tomorrow will be a new day -)

On a final note I met with one of my dearest past students this week from 19 years ago, and he gave me a small booklet named “F in Exams: The Very Best Totally Wrong Test Answers”. Coming back from my day with him, I sat down and started reading it and I cried of laughter all through.  As an example for the final exams in Physics one of the questions was this: Is the moon or the sun more important? and the answer is: The moon gives us light at night when we need it. The sun only provides light in the day when we don’t. Therefore the moon is more important. Just love it! On my test exams I always put a bonus question and usually it goes like this: What is the colour of my Golden Retriever? and I have had a multitude of different answers from my 17-19 year old students ranging from: transparent to brown to you do not have a dog, etc. You just have to love them!!!

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:: Heritage Montreal Day & USK:Mtl ::

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh.
— John Singer Sargent

Today was a big day as Heritage Montreal was co-hosting with the Montreal Urban Sketchers in Old Montreal and there were many things that were organized. A morning sketchout, a monument and buildings heritage tour, one in English and one in French, an Urban Sketchers how-to workshop on how-to draw on location, co-hosted by myself, Susan Cooke and Raynald Murphy for the English group. It was wonderful and everyone there seemed quite happy as I had to rush out as my husband was waiting for me back home for a small commemorative supper. This was a long day, but I am happy to have done it! The next outing is on Sunday June 25th at the Montreal Botanical Gardens.

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:: Colour Palette ::

Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration.
— Billy Collins advice to writers.

Here is my newly filled-up juicy colour palette ready for tomorrow’s Montreal Urban Sketchers outing in Old Montreal with Heritage Montreal as co-host. We are meeting at 10:00 am in front of Bonsecour Market.  If you are interested, go on our USK:Mtl blog to find out more information.

… material orderliness, he (Billy Collins) reminds us, fosters mental orderliness, and a mind unassaulted by chaos is a mind free to create. Not sure if this applies to everyone, but it sure does apply to me! Before I start to work, paint, cook, whatever I have to do, the space must be clean “beforehand”… and after I am finished I clean up again to clean up the mess that I created -LOL -)

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:: England Trip ::

I am planning our England trip and what better way of remembering where you are going than actually drawing a Great Britain map? So here are the highlights. We arrive in London and immediately travel to Bath, Britain’s Belle of the Ball as they say. I am taking a 5-day watercolour workshop there which I am looking forward to. Then we travel to the Cotswalds to see Castle Combe Village, Lacock Village, Silbury Hill, Avebury Stone Circles and finally Stonehenge. Then off to York by way of ancient Roman roads to see Viking heritage, walk in medieval streets with beautiful canals and gaze up York Minster Cathedral. Then off to London by train for six days of sightseeing and one day to Oxford to see its famous university and city. BTW, my ancestors come from Dunoon, Scotland and that is why I singled it out! All mingled in this tour are short spurts and periods of sketching, drawing and painting — can’t wait!

Moleskine Sketchbook 5″x8″
Sailor Desk EF with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink

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:: Chagall Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ::

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing.
— Marc Chagall

Went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts today with one of my dear friends and we had the time to examine the whole exhibit from head to toe. It is a beautifully set exhibit with costumes, musical instruments and paintings that are joyful for the eyes. Chagall’s life impressed me as his life was one of a true artist. My friend remarked that because the exhibit was not really set in chronological order, it was difficult to understand the artist’s development and outcome… I wonder why the museum did not explain at some point why they had not done so? I drew one of the dresses that Chagall drew for the theatre.

On Sunday I also went with the Montreal Urban Sketchers as we were invited by Les amis de la montagne to sketch the beautiful Mount-Royal and 35 sketchers joined us. My two paintings were terrible, saturated — I really did not have the colours in my eyes that day and I was almost shy to show what I had done… alas, it was one of those days of painting but wonderful for everything else! One of the reasons why I did not succeed is that I have not painted in a long while, secondly I did not do a value sketch which is always very helpful. Next time -)

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook 3.5″x5.5″
Description: Costume for Aleko, Society Lady, Scene IV. 1942. Dress of painted silk taffeta, silk leno and tulle.

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