:: First Frost ::

The lake has started to thicken,
specks of ice.
The mountains are starting to whiten,
snowflakes have fallen.
The birds are gathering at the feeders,
my dog is sleeping. 
— by Jane Hannah

This week we had our first frost and it came as a surprise! Yesterday we had our fundraiser Square Foot Exhibition for the Old Brewery Mission and it was definitely a success. Twenty artists displayed their works and it was quite amazing to see all of the different styles and mediums. I am really enjoying the Fluid 100 paper, as it is 100% cotton and this makes a tremendous difference with watercolours. It takes all of the paint that you throw at it, and then does what it wants to do.

This painting is for sale, and ready to go.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Colours: Q. Gold, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, P. Crimson & Indanthrone
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada

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:: The way through the woods ::

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago. 
Weather and rain have undone it again, 
And now you would never know 
There was once a road through the woods 
Before they planted the trees. 
It is underneath the coppice and heath, 
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees 
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease, 
There was once a road through the woods. 

Yet, if you enter the woods 
Of a summer evening late, 
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools 
Where the otter whistles his mate, 
(They fear not men in the woods, 
Because they see so few.) 
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, 
And the swish of a skirt in the dew, 
Steadily cantering through 
The misty solitudes, 
As though they perfectly knew 
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
— Rudyard Kipling

Winter has finally arrived and I greet it with a mixture of trepidation and awe as I actually enjoy all of our four seasons here in Québec. This weekend will be a busy one as I have student projects to correct, I am thrilled to be part of the Square Foot Art Exhibition on Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm and I do hope to see some of you there. This is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit. Hope that you enjoy it.

As some of you already know, I love trees. I painted this majestic white pine two weekends ago while autumn was still in bloom right here in Rigaud. Does this poem bring you back to childhood?

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG yellow, B. Sienna, B. Umber, Ultramarine, P. Scarlet
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:: Square Foot Art Exhibition & Old Brewery Mission Fundraiser 2017 ::

There is a wonderful feeling when you walk into your own exhibition. You see the work as a true extension of yourself. Win or lose, your interests have led you to an accumulation of your personal expression, signed lower right, mounted to best advantage. (Robert Genn)

I will be at this Exhibition that acts as a fundraiser for the Old Brewery Mission, which is the largest resource for homeless men in Quebec and for homeless women in Canada. The pricing of the artworks are about half price, so if you are thinking of a Christmas present, then this is the time. I will be accompanied by 20 other amazing artists working with oil, acrylic, watercolour, textiles, pastels, etc. Should be fun and I would love to see you there!

The date is Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 232 Chemin de Senneville, Senneville, Quebec, H9X 3X4, Canada. https://goo.gl/maps/kRc6ubkhhLB2

J’aimerais bien vous voir en cette belle journée du 11 novembre à Senneville. C’est pour une bonne cause, et je serai entourée de 20 autres artistes et leurs tableaux à l’huile, pastel, acrylique, etc.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG Yellow, P. Scarlet, Raw, Sienna, B. Sienna, Ultramarine

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:: Inktober Recap ::

     When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
     You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You’re so fuckin’ special
     But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
     I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
     I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special
   But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
     She’s running
–Creep by Radiohead

Inktober 2017 was the first time that I tried this daily challenge.  The aim is to draw something that has a specific theme and these were “the” challenge, not the drawing!. To get the idea first was “the” difficulty, and once you had figured it out, then you could draw it and everything went smoothly. Some days I had these very weird ideas, spaced out and looney and other days, quite simple!

I must say that I am already looking forward to the next one in 2018. Why? It simply blew my mind! I loved it. For years I had not tried drawing nor painting from my imagination as I did not know where to start… and #Inktober2017 gave it to me. The first days were excruciating as I did not know what to draw and how to draw it… but slowly and surely, I went from 1.5 hours a night to 30 minutes… and some even less, which is a major perk when you have a full-time job. It also showed me that there are many different ways of drawing and painting, and each way is different and as difficult as the other. Drawing from the imagination is difficult and drawing realistically is too. However, it liberated me. The act of drawing from the imagination seems to have triggered off something that permits me to draw without any expectations… I just do it. I am in the present moment. Yes!

So for this InktoberI drew in two different sketchbooks, as one had already been started and the other one did not have 31 pages. But next year I will either make my own sketchbook and dedicate it entirely to the Inktober 2018 challenge. I will also only draw in black ink, diluted or not… no colours. I will go for a “pure” Inktober month -) So if you have not participated in this yet, try it out next year as I will.

Below are the tools that I used for the month of October. If you wish to know in more detail the names and brands, just comment and I will answer you.

So now I am ready to paint and draw in colour, as I did miss this.

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:: Inktober 31 Mask Theme ::

Here is a Haida Nation Mask, a native northwest coast people that live in the northern parts of British Columbia, Canada. I have always loved their masks and today I decided to draw one from a reference photo, in order to honour their art. For #Inktober no colours were added, even though their masks have red and gold in them…

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Brush
Location: Rigaud from a reference photo
#inktober2017, #inktober,  31 mask theme

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:: Inktober 30 Found Theme ::

And so it is that life begins.

A step into the crazy maze of life.
First a left and then a right,
We find ourselves at a dead end.
Back track our steps and begin again.
Twists and turns constantly taking our path,
Round and round in circles we go, 
Trying to find the right way.
Some spend their whole lives in the maze,
Some make it out.
I’m still fighting to find the right way in 
This maze of life.
— By Aly Bambi

 

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  30 found theme

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:: Inktober 29 United ::

Les chemins sont à faire jusqu’à ton coeur 
Je viendrai sous les traits du défricheur 
L’amour ne veut plus de tricheur 
Chérie, as-tu vu 
Le monde est absurde selon Camus 
Mais tes pouvoirs me prouvent qu’il ne l’est plus 
Le meilleur a devancé sa venue 
La méfiance est portée disparue
— Paroles de Tire Le Coyote

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: Cerulean Blue
Location: Rigaud from reference photo
#inktober2017, #inktober,  29 united theme

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:: Inktober 28 Fall ::

Do not have much time today so here is a quick little sketch… would have liked to delve a bit more deeply with the “ink” but no time…

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, P. Scarlet
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  28 fall theme

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:: Inktober 27 : Climb ::

Tsé ! Moi, j’voudrais pas m’mêler de c’qui me r’garde pas…
 
Comment j’te dirais ben ça ? 
I’vient un temps où, comm‘ tu sais, ben i faut qu’les choses se disent !
 
Ça fait que, ‘coute ben là : même si t’haïs ça, c’est ça qui est ça !
Va t’sé ! 
— Martin Léon

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  27 climb theme

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:: Inktober 26 Squeak Theme ::

     Hey there, Mr. Tin Man
You don’t know how lucky you are
You shouldn’t spend your whole life wishin’
For something bound to fall apart
     Everytime you’re feeling empty
Better thank your lucky stars
If you ever felt one breakin’
You’d never want a heart
— Miranda Lambert

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolour: Q. Quinachridone
Location: Rigaud from a reference photo
#inktober2017, #inktober,  26 squeak theme

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:: Inktober 25 Ship ::

The first TV show that I fell in love with when I was very young… so cool, and still is for me!

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte & White
Location: Rigaud from a reference photo
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:: Inktober 24 Blind ::

“Our intelligence, however lucid,
cannot perceive the elements that compose it
and remain unsuspected.”

This inktober theme “blind” was the hardest for me….

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
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:: Inktober 23 Juicy ::

I almost added some stars… and stopped myself!

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  23 juicy theme

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:: Inktober 22 Trail ::

(Sung by Munchkins)
Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow-brick road
Follow the yellow-brick, follow the yellow-brick
Follow the yellow-brick road

You’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
You’ll find he is a Whiz of a Wiz is ever a Wiz there was
If ever, oh ever, a Wiz there was the Wizard of Oz is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does
You’re off to see the wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
—  L. Frank Baum

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  22 trail theme

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:: Inktober 21 Furious ::

Over the misty mountains cold
Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To seek our pale enchanted gold.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

I toggled between the idea of a furious bull or a furious dragon… and the dragon won. Beautiful day here in Rigaud, need to get out in the sunshine -)

Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Fountain Pen: Carbon Pen
Watercolours: DS Pyrrol Scarlet, DS Q. Gold, WN Indanthrone, WN B. Sienna
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  21 furious theme

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:: Inktober 20 Deep::

What has roots as nobody sees,
is taller than trees,
up up it goes,
and yet never grows?
— J.R.R. Tolkien

Roots run deep and studies are showing that trees have a very intricate communicating system with their own. So happy to hear this -)

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph”Martin’s Black Star Matte & Pen-White
Watercolours: DS Cerulean Blue Chromium & W&N Burnt Sienna
Location: Rigaud from my imagination

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:: Inktober 19 Clouds ::

Rows and flows 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’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
     Moons and Junes and ferries 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
— Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

I was dreaming of fluffy, beautiful, light clouds… and I drew the digital cloud instead…. humph! Why? Because it is our world now, and we have to make do with it…  like it or not…

Sketchbook #20 Stillman & Birns Zeta

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:: Inktober 18 Filthy ::

I am his Highness’ dog at Kew,
Pray tell me sir, whose dog are you?
— Alexander Pope, 1688-1744

#inktober2017 filthy theme. Dog in mud… don’t they love the puddles?

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:: 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!)

Sketchbook: Stillman & Birns #20

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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 #20
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
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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 #20
Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pens
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White & Black Star Matte
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
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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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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 #20
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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