:: Digital drawing of an Old Truck ::

What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. — Winslow Homer

Even though I have not been posting much, this does not mean that I have not been busy doing artistic works & readings. I am happily, but busily, preparing a new course that has to do with digital drawing with a tablet this semester. It is taking up much of my time as in order to teach something well, you need to know it well! The tablet that I am using is an Intuos 4 Wacom Tablet with a grip pen… fabulous tool, and it takes a long time to master. So I have been busily mastering digital drawing techniques and here is one of the results.

I was also given a book by one of my friends that is amazing! It is a book that follows me throughout my daily chores and this has not happened in a while. It is called How to Read a Modern Painting: Lessons from the Modern Masters by Jon Thompson. I absolutely love it & I read one page per day as it shifts my mood into amazement and perplexity and how to really “look” at a painting. Thank you Linda -)

Software: Photoshop CS6
Tools: Pencil & Mixer Brush
Computer digital drawing

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:: Grungy Tree for Amelia ::

“The world is a better place to live in because it contains human beings who will give up ease and security and stake their own lives in order to do what they themselves think worth doing.”
— Requiem for Amelia: Walter Lippmann on What Makes a Hero and the True Measure of the Human Spirit

I love Moleskine Sketchbooks as they are great with line drawings… be it with Pigma Micron Pens or Fountain Pens…. and they are not made for watercolour washes and paints. However, some artists love the look that they give as you have to scrub the watercolour paints into the paper and this gives the paintings a grungy look. Will Freeborn is one of these artists — LINK –. Here is a drawing that I did while I was out drawing with my students on the lawn, under the canopy of two huge pine & chestnut trees. Quite cool -)

So here is one of my versions that I did a few years back too — LINK –. If you like these type of watercolour sketches, you might like purchasing a Moleskine Sketchbook.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook large
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: John Abbott College with my students.

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:: Ode to my students ::

Good relationships keep us happier and healthier.

Last May I while I was in correcting mode, my mind would wander too often to my next course preparations that I would be engaging in this August. Throughout the summer, even though I was on holidays and had a good deal of great times with family and friends and a bit of travelling and giving & attending watercolour workshops, my mind often wandered to my new courses that I would be preparing… and slowly but surely, I would add a paper to the existing pile of “new” ideas that I had. All through the summer for a few days a week I would add to the pile. And the pile grew, and grew, and grew! So now I have too many new ideas for my new courses and I have to cut back! Can you imagine that? To build and then to simplify. But I guess that I am lucky, as now my students are receiving the best from all of my arcane ideas.

Today was a beautiful Montreal day, with a gentle warm breeze and when I woke up I decided that my students and I would go outside to draw. Off we went, and the students made me walk and walk and walk… and we drew all kinds of trees. Pine trees, spruce trees, chestnuts & hemlocks. For my second group, we walked just a few meters and sat down on huge stones… and again we drew trees. Such a pleasant experience and I think/hope that they did get something out of it.

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 5″x8″
Colours: Q. Orange, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Serpentine Genuine & Alizarin Crimson
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk
Ink: Noodlers’ Ink Lexington Grey
Location: Cégep John Abbott College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada

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:: Devil’s Ivy ::

My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings.
— Alain de Botton

I sketched this last night while my husband was watching the Olympics. It is a Golden Pathos Vine or commonly known as Devil’s Ivy. I was wondering what the mesh-like background was and I just realized that when I took the picture I took it in the screen porch. So you can see the mesh -)

I have been working on difficult computer tasks these past few weeks and I am happy to say that they are finished. First, I needed to transfer my self-hosted blog on Bluehost.com to WordPress.com as I was simply getting too many spam and unwanted subscribers. I was getting up to 50 a day! So now my blog is safely hosted on WordPress.com and the added bonus is that it is hassle-free. Yeah! The second computer task was to reformat my main computer as it was getting very sluggish and I had not reformatted it for awhile. I erased the whole drive, and reinstalled all of my software Now it feels like a new computer, even though it is 6 years old. Very happy -)

We have our Welcome Back Breakfast this coming Wednesday and the regular college semester is starting in exactly one week! So guess what I will be doing this week? Preparing for my courses, one new and one not so new.

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Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook Large
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: The Tin Man ::

Fact is, perfection is boring.
(Robert Genn)

We were about 12 painters today at Pointe-du-Moulin in Île Perrot. There is a beautiful windmill out there, but today the wind flaps were missing… I wondered what had happened to them. Looking at my painting I am torn between seeing the windmill and seeing Hickory The Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz. Hah-hah!

When I find my spot to paint, I think of which blue I will be using. To me, blue is the most important colour to choose and I always choose it first. Is today a cobalt type of day or is it an ultramarine day? What type of day is it? I look at the sky and the general luminosity to get the answer. On a very clear morning, it will be Cerulean. On winter days, when it is very very cold, I often choose Manganese blue. So today I chose Ultramarine. I started with the sky and worked myself down behind the trees. Ultramarine is a warm blue that has some reds in it and to me the sky today had that quality. Do you do that too? Or is it another colour that you start with? Let me know -)

Paper: Handbook Travelogue 8″ x 8″
Colours: New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna, Perylene Maroon & Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Pointe-du-Moulin, Ïle Perrot, Québec, Canada

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:: Lachine Canal ::

Birth place: Earth
Race: Human
Politics: Freedom
Religion: Love

Today I met up with Linda Drewry’s gang of painters in the beautiful setting of Parc René-Lévesque. There is everything that a plein air painter needs! A quaint little ice cream parlor with sunny umbrellas and bikes to rent, views of distant bridges, a marina, church views, waterways, Lake St. Louis and all kinds of stone statues dispersed throughout the park, and mind you, I just walked about the first quarter of it. Great day -)

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP
Colours: New Gambodge, Q. Rose, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue & some Ultramarine
Location: Parc René Lévesque, Canal Lachine, Québec, Canada

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:: Picnic vernissage day at Stewart Hall ::

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.

— Lord Byron
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For the month of July the Montreal Urban Sketchers met up at Stewart Hall in Pointe. Claire to draw, paint and picnic at the same time and even though the weather was dreary and almost cold, there were 16 brave souls that came to paint from all over the island of Montreal. The staff at Stewart Hall always treat us really well, they have some food, water and coffee for us and it was a really enjoyable day.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8″
Colours: Naples Yellow, New Gambodge, Perylene Maroon, Ultramarine
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Location: Stewart Hall in Pointe. Claire, Québec, Canada

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:: Moody blues ::

Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
Never meaning to send
— Moody Blues

20160702-burlington-jane-hannah-value-sketchValue sketchings — oooh how important they are! They permit you to see through one colour the three, four or five different values that exist (perhaps even more). For this painting there are five values… from white to very dark violet (you could actually think in percentages of tints if you prefer). Sometimes I explain this by using the analogy of adding milk or white paint to a colour. The more white paint that you add, the lower it lies on the value scale. If you think of value scales as being zero for white and 10 for black, these five values would be in the range of 0, 3, 5, 8 and 10. Can you see them? Once you start seeing these values, you are ready to paint or appreciate photographs… the principles of design are the same for all art forms. Once these values are set, and the value sketch makes sense, then I know that the painting will be fine….

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Carbazole Violet
Location: 24 Penny Lane, Burlington, Vermont, USA

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:: Penny Lane ::

If, when facing the paper, you say to yourself, ‘I’m an artist,’ you haven’t a clue as to what to do! If, however, you say, ‘I am an entertainer, a shapemaker and an expressive symbol collector,’ you know the task ahead and how to proceed. (Edgar A. Whitney)

20160702-burlington-jane-hannah-watercolorHad a wonderful time this weekend in Burlington under the watchful gaze of Shari and 14 other sketchers. We painted for two full days, and I was pooped at the end of both days. Burlington is a beautiful city with magnificent views of the mountains. My challenge for the weekend was to paint without the use of an ink line… just lead. For some this might appear trivial, but for me it was definitely a challenge as being a graphic artist for all of my life, I have relied heavily on the line for everything that I had to do. For this sketch, I tried to apply the principle that cold colours recede in the distance and warm colours move up, grow forward. I also tried to apply atmospheric perspective to the clouds with the closest clouds being big while the far away clouds were small. I also liked the way that with one sweep of the brush, I could leave some white in the water (bottom left-hand side).

Paper: Arches CP
Colours: Yellow Primary, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: NONE -)))
Location: Penny Lane in Burlington, Vermont, USA

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:: Mont Calvaire ::

PAYS
J’ai vu le soleil se lever
dans tant et tant de pays
je ne savais plus lequel
était le mien
le jour oscillait
lampe incertaine dans ma nuit
le rif le souk le môle
la vallée millénaire
bergers de l’Atlas
boutre coutre Seychelles
je l’ai vu se coucher
le jour passait comme une flèche
et chaque soir me frappait en plein coeur
comme le dernier
— Gérald Godin, Québec Poet

20160628-sailboat-lake-2-mountains-jane-hannahMont Calvaire is the highest peak looking northwards from Hudson across the Lake of Two Mountains. Calvaire in French is a Québécois swear word as French Québécois swear words mostly stem from Catholic artefacts and the different synonyms are used regionally. Some synonyms for “calvaire” are calvâsse, calvinsse, calvinouche, calvinus, calvinisse, calverasse. 

The lake was named Lac des Médicis in 1612 by French explorer Samuel de Champlain, then renamed Lac des Soissons about 1632. By around 1684 French colonists named it as Lac des Deux Montagnes. The name refers to Calvaire Mountain and Saint-Joseph-du-Lac Hill, the two highest peaks of Mont Oka that face the lake on its northern shore. (Information taken from Wikipedia).

Paper: Fluid 8″x8″
Colours: Sennelier Primary Yellow, New Gambodge, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine
Location: Sandy Beach, Hudson, Québec, Canada

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Sunday Sketching, Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire on July 10th

20160627-stewart-hall-jane-hannah-watercolor“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love,”
— Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother.

On Sunday July 10th 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. Everyone is invited to sketch with us on that day starting at 10:00 am. It is an absolutely stunning spot to sketch, in all seasons! To note that this date replaces the fourth Sunday for the month of July.

• 10:00 am START: on the lawn at the right side of the main entrance.
• 2:00 pm INVITATION: The vernissage of the exhibition Suspended Time – Caroline Cloutier & Joëlle Morosoli will take place on the 3rd floor, in the Art Gallery. Everybody is invited to go upstairs at 2 p.m.
• 3:00 pm END: we will gather on the patio facing the lake to share our drawings.
• There will be two very impressive performances on the stage that day as well, (at noon and at 3 pm), it could be an interesting thing to draw as well!
• 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 -)))

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Le dimanche 10 juillet 2016, 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. Tout le monde est invité à esquisser avec nous ce jour-là à partir de 10h00. Un endroit absolument magnifique pour faire des croquis, en toutes saisons!  À noter que cette journée remplace le quatrième dimanche du mois de juillet.

• 10h00 DÉBUT: on se rencontre à droite de l’entrée principale sur le parterre.
• 14h00 INVITATION: Le vernissage de l’exposition Les temps suspendus – Caroline Cloutier and Joëlle Morosoli se tiendra au 3e étage, dans la galerie d’art. Tout le monde est invité.
• 15h00 FIN: nous nous rencontrerons 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 va y avoir deux performances, une à midi et l’autre à 15h00 qui pourraient être fort intéressantes 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: LINK

En espérant vous voir -)

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Botanical Gardens :: Jardin botanique

Art happens — no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about.
— (James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1834–1903)

Today the Urban Sketchers of Montreal were out strong even though the heat moved up to 35C. But as we were in the shade, all was good. My idea this morning when I arrived was to draw/paint the Montreal olympic tower from many different viewpoints.

So my search brought me to the Rose Garden where I sat on a park bench in the comfortable shade to paint this. I started with a value sketch (see below) to figure out where my darks and lights should be. And as you guessed it, once I was finished my quest stopped as I coud not find any other view of the beautiful tower! Geez! And lo and behold, as I had just finished my third and last sketch of the day, view after wonderful view popped up in the skyline as I was walking back to meet the other sketchers. So the moral of the story is, that you never know exactly how your sketching day will go, but take it with a chuckle.

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″x8″
Colours: Hansa Medium, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine & Violet
Fountain Pen: Pilot FlexiGrip EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Montreal Botanical Gardens

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Value Sketch

Value Sketch

 

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:: C2 Montreal ::

“What’s the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as-you-were?”
— Mary McArthy, writer & political activist, 1912–1989

Some USK Montreal sketchers were invited to paint/draw during a full day of C2 Montreal events.  C2 means “Commerce & Creativity” and it was just an amazing day! It was joyful, full of artists & company owners from Quebec & many international personas. I was so excited in the morning that for my first sketch, I could not stop shaking… By my second sketch, I had calmed down & I actually drew 7 paintings… which is a feat for me. These paintings are now owned by C2 Montreal & they graciously gave me the rights to self-promote.

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:: Centennial Park ::

A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind.
— Eugène Ionesco (1909-94), Romanian-French playwright 

Went painting today with Linda Drewry & her companions & the danger of rain or thunderstorms did not seem to phase us. We were there, puddling around with our paints, just glad to be painting with others. Very nice.

I, on the other hand, did two paintings before this one… until I was satisfied that I had something that was presentable. In the end, I like it as it is somber looking and reflects well the cloudy day. While I was painting, 22 baby geese headed by parents filed in front of me, one behind the other in army-like fashion and at the end of the line, more parents. What a sight! It was quite sweet.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue 8″ x 8″
Colours: New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine & some Sap Green
Fountain Pen: Sailor Desk fountain pen
Ink: De Atrementis Document Ink Black
Location: Centennial Park, Dollard des Ormeaux, Québec

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:: Rigaud Mountain ::

“Perhaps there is still time to take a stand for the Kingdom of Life; it needs defenders. Perhaps, mighty as its enemies may be, allies will come who are even mightier.”
— Henry Beston

Last night Rigaud residents were invited to join our elected municipal reps to debate on the future of our mountain & of its own environmental sustainability. What a thrill to hear the different perspectives & opinions as well as the definite push towards a small environmental footprint & how we will preserve the mountain for future generations. It made me proud to be a Rigaudine -)

While I was listening to the debates I drew in three of my Rigaud neighbours…

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Pen: Pigma Micron .005
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Value sketches ::

“Let’s take our hearts for a walk in the woods and listen to the magic whispers of old trees.”
— Unknown author

Here is the value sketch that I did for yesterday’s painting. This sketch uses the same colour but using different values of that colour, or intensities of that colour. My darkest colour is too dark but still I ended up with four different values representing white, lightest colour or highlight, midtones and dark values (shadows). Value sketches are great for evaluating a composition and seeing if it will work, or not.

There are two added bonuses to these value sketches and it is to get the intensity of the colours just right… and by practicing with only one colour, we get a “feel” for what is right. The other added value is that the eye, hand coordination gets a practice run and gets a feel for the architecture/texture/newness of the place.

Paper: Fluid 100 4″x4″
Colour: Carbazole Violet (PV23RS)
Location: Parc des ancres, Pointe des cascades, Québec, Canada

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:: Parc des ancres ::

“The world is what exists and what happens, but we gain enormous insight by talking about it — telling its story — in different ways.”
— Physicist Sean Carroll

Every Tuesday mornings from the middle of May to the end of August, Linda Drewry has been inviting plein air sketchers/painters to join her. She has been doing this for the past 22 years — quite a feat if you ask me! Today was a breezy summer day, full of sunlight and I counted about 15 painters dispersed here and there on the beautiful grounds. The east lighthouse was one of two, each one illuminating its end of the Canal Soulanges, indicating east or west.

I first drew in a value sketch to see where my lights and darks should be and of course I forgot to scan it in tonight… will do so tomorrow. Then I drew on a quarter sheet, light pencil lines, followed by ink lines and finished off with the watercolour paints.

Paper: Fluid 100
Colours: New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Location: Parc des ancres, Pointe des Cascades

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Summer day :: Journée d’été

“The protection of minorities is vitally important; and even the most orthodox of us may find himself in a minority some day, so that we all have an interest in restraining the tyranny of majorities.”
— Maria Popova

The Urban Sketchers of Montreal met up today at the Maison Smith on Mount Royal. We had been invited by Les amis de la montagne to sketch/draw/paint the mountain and at 15:00 we went up to the second floor to show our paintings. I counted 65 paintings! The ambiance was relaxed and friendly and the Amis de la montagne had prepared munchies and drinks and someone was scanning & printing our paintings for those of us who lived too far away to come back to fetch our paintings in one week or had painted in a sketchbook. Very nice indeed! These will be shown on the second floor of Maison Smith until the end of next week.

It took me quite awhile today to find a spot in the shade that was not already taken with a spot that I liked. Once I found it, I stayed put for the whole day -)
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Les Sketchers urbains de Montréal se sont rencontrés aujourd’hui sur le Mont Royal. Nous avons été invités par Les amis de la montagne pour esquisser/dessiner/peindre la montagne et à 15h00, nous sommes allés au deuxième étage pour regarder toutes les peintures — 65 peintures!. Un festin pour les yeux. L’ambiance était détendue et amicale et les Amis de la montagne avaient préparé des grignotines et des boissons et quelqu’un numérisait et imprimait nos peintures pour ceux et celles d’entre nous qui demeurent trop loin pour revenir chercher leurs peintures dans une semaine ou avaient peint dans un sketchbook. Ceux-ci seront affichés au deuxième étage de la Maison Smith jusqu’à la fin de la semaine prochaine.

Il m’a fallu un certain temps aujourd’hui pour trouver en endroit à l’ombre qui n’était pas déjà pris avec une vue qui me plaisait. Une fois que je l’ai trouvé, je suis resté sur place toute la journée -)

Paper: Fluid 100
Colours: New Gambodge, Hansa Yellow, Burnt Umber, Q. Rose, French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera F
Location: Belvedere Lookout, Mount Royal, Montreal, Québec, Canada

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I am showing my working setup (below)  as a few people really liked it. I took my 12″ x 9″ Fluid 100 paper and put a masking tape vertically three-quarters of the way through so that I had a square painting area but also an area to create a thumbnail and test out my colours. Very handy & practical.
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Je montre ma configuration de travail (ci-dessous) car des peintres ont vraiment aimé. J’ai pris mon 12 “x 9” 100 papier fluide et j’ai mis un ruban de masquage verticalement aux trois-quarts du chemin pour que j’aille une zone de peinture carrée, avec un espace pour créer une vignette et tester mes couleurs. Très pratique.20160522_WorkingCoroplast

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USK:MTL Sunday Sketching Sunday Sketching May 22 : Draw me a Mountain!

Hello everyone — I will be there with many others this coming Sunday and the weather will be gorgeous. Come and join us -)

It is time again for the Mois du Mont-Royal / Month of the Mountain! For the second year we will meet on the 4th Sunday in May to sketch and paint in Mount Royal Park.

  • Sunday May 22d:
  • Meet at the Smith House / Maison Smith in Mount Royal Park at 10 AM
  • Go sketching together!
  • Return to the Smith House at 3 PM for an impromptu exhibition in the upstairs gallery of everything we drew that day. Everyone is invited to show their work.
    There will be tables and some wall space to display artwork.

There also will be free art supplies available on loan from les Amis de la montagne. Just look for our USK:MTL volunteers at the Smith House, the Belvedere and Beaver Lake to pick up a sketching kit. This might be a great day to come out with the kids and have them draw along.

More info here: https://urbansketchersmontreal.wordpress.com/

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:: Sleep well Mom ::

But it is light that counts above everything. Not colored light, but color that gives off light–radiance! — Robert Motherwell, 1915-1991 I received a phone call this morning at 4:00 am & it was my sister telling me that my 91 year old Mom had fallen & had just been rushed to the hospital. I dressed quickly, cancelled my classes for the day, ordered a coffee at Tim Hortons & drove down to be with her. Two broken ribs, probably a head concussion & alot of dizziness, she is still there but that is the best place for her at the moment. As she fell asleep a few times, I took out my small Moleskine Sketchbook & drew the people surrounding the Emergency Ward. Difficult to capture people when they keep moving non stop. Sleep well Mom. Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook Pen: Pigma Micron 01 Location: Valleyfield Hospital. 20160503_receptionist_jane-hannah-drawing2 20160503_nurses_jane-hannah-drawing.jpg

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:: Dorchester Square & Place du Canada ::

“If you want your children to be intelligent,” Einstein is credited with proclaiming, “read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
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The Montreal Urban Sketchers met up today at Place du Canada. While I was driving round & round to find a parking space, I must have seen at least 15 sketchers, facing the sun as it was quite frisky with the factor wind in Montreal. Finally found a parking space & saw the amazing views behind Place du Canada & decided to stay on the other side of the street in Dorchester Square, facing south to get the views & the warm sun rays. As I was starting to draw the monument in front of me, a man came up to me & suggested that I draw an axis in the center to help me out in my drawing — he was right! Feeling overwhelmed by the complexity of the monument, I turned around 90 degrees & sat facing the CIBC Tower, which I decided to paint. When I was in my early twenties, I used to work on the 14th floor of that tower… what incredible views that I had!

Les Urban Sketchers de Montréal se sont rencontrés aujourd’hui à la Place du Canada. Alors que je conduisais en rond pour trouver un stationnement, j’ai vu au moins 15 sketchers, faisant face au soleil car la température était très fraîche. J’ai décidé de rester sur le côté du Square Dorchester, plein sud pour obtenir les vues et les rayons du soleil chaud. Comme je commençais à dessiner le monument en face de moi, un homme est venu me voir et a suggéré que je dessine un axe dans le centre pour m’aider dans mon dessin – il avait raison! Me sentant dépassée par la complexité du monument, je me suis tournée vers la Tour CIBC, que j’ai décidé de peindre. Quand j’étais au début de la vingtaine, je travaillais au 14e étage de cette tour … quelles vues incroyables!

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 5″x8″
Paint: New Gambodge, Raw Sienna, Cobalt Blue, Burnt Sienna
Location: Dorchester Square in Montreal, Québec, Canada

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:: Portrait ::

“There is something in personal love, caresses, and the magnetic flood of sympathy and friendship, that does, in its way, more good than all the medicine in the world.”
— Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819–March 26, 1892) from Brainpickings

I just tried having fun with this tonight & did a quick portrait of myself.  It is grungy looking & I kind of like it as grunginess represents me well. On another note, the Spring temperatures have finally arrived & apart from hundreds of Pine Siskins, Yellow Warblers, Chickadees at my feeders, life is good. My semester is terminating in 3-1/2 weeks & I have been in a frenzy of correcting, reading, giving off marks, which always leaves me depleated & empty but finally I can see the end of the tunnel. I have never met a teacher that enjoys correcting…

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Save this date :: July 10 juillet 2016 :: Inscrivez cette date

We are hoping for a warm summer so that we can enjoy sketching the great outdoors of Montreal. On Sunday July 10th the Urban Sketchers Montreal has 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. Everyone is invited to sketch with us on that day starting at 10:00 am. It is an absolutely stunning spot to sketch, in all seasons! More details to follow soon.

Nous espérons avoir un bel été chaud afin que nous puissions dessiner/peindre les grands espaces de Montréal. Le dimanche 10 juillet 2016, les Urban Sketchers de Montréal ont été invités à participer à un Picnic Vernissage au Centre culturel Stewart Hall de Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall est une demeure historique sur un lieu culturel unique situé aux abords du Lac Saint-Louis. Tout le monde est invité à esquisser avec nous ce jour-là à partir de 10h00. Un endroit absolument magnifique pour faire des croquis, en toutes saisons! Plus de détails à suivre bientôt. 

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:: Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours ::

Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons.
— Rebecca Solnit

The Montreal Urban Sketchers met up yesterday at the oldest Chapel in Montreal, Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours, which was built in 1771 after the first one burned down. Entering the chapel, it is breathtakingly beautiful with so many details that for the two hours that I was sketching I kept thinking about the artisans and craftmen that created all of this intricate work. What were they thinking when they created these special reliefs? Do they have a special significance? I guess that a historian or an architect would know, but to me these are mysteries of great beauty. I also thought that the name Bonsecours was spelled this way, but I realized today that on the chapel’s website, it is spelled de-Bon-Secours even though the market next door seems to be named Bonsecours. If anyone knows why, please let me know… It was the first time that I used the Fluid watercolour paper, and I really liked it as it has high absorbency and the colours mix well on it. And it is not too expensive compared to other quality paper.

Paper: Fluid CP 8″ x 8″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Colours: Q. Gold, Burnt Sienna & Indanthrone Blue
Location: Old Montreal, Québec, Canada

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:: A promise ::

The other afternoon, when you fell asleep on my shoulder, I drifted off, too. But before I did, it occurred to me looking around at all of your things and your work and going through years of work in my mind, that of all your work, you are still your most beautiful. The most beautiful work of all.
— Letter from Patti Smith to Robert Mapplethorpe found on Brain Pickings

I promised one of my friends that I would paint some paintings in her sketchbook and then forward these to France… and I finalized the last painting today. Fiou! So the paintings will be on their way off to France this Tuesday.

I woke up this morning, painted on location and then drove off to Montreal to join the Montreal Urban Sketchers to paint an old church in Old Montreal. Yes I was late… Jumping in my car to drive to Montreal, it was quite amazing to see that in Montreal there are no traces of snow whatsoever, but in Rigaud? We are still knee deep in it! While I was painting the backdrop trees I was thinking of Peter Doig, an artist that I greatly admire and I started painting my trees in his way… and they turned out looking like a mountain -)

Mistakes? I keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again. I thought for a very long time that when I painted less, I became rusty… But now I think that we forget the mistakes or how to prevent the mistakes and a little bit rusty too. When you are painting on a day-to-day basis, you do not forget that snow must be painted in one long sweep as opposed to short stances! You do not forget to wet the paper behind your skies. You do not forget that mixing certain colours together they become muddy. Oh well, I think that I should start writing down the important lessons that I have learned over the years.

Paper: Handbook created by my friend Chi Mai
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Colours: Q. Gold, Burnt Sienna, Violet & Indanthrone Blue
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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