When we first moved to Rigaud, our neighbours told us that the birds disappeared… to my house. I feed all of them, the hummingbirds, chickadees, goldfinches, rose-breasted cardinal, woodpeckers, they are all most welcome, and the table is always set. So here is a painting of one of my feeders. For those of you who do not know this, hummers are very territorial… you can hear them buzzing around whenever a visitor tries to snap some of “their” sugar water.

Sugar water recipe:
4 parts water for 1 part white sugar, boil for 1 minute and voilà!


Oh Rigaud, my Rigaud!

My own hometown, Ste-Madeleine de Rigaud, more commonly known as Rigaud, has many old buildings and was officially founded in 1732. This is an attempt at painting one of its buildings, which was once a sports supply shop, a library and until very recently, an antique shop. This building is situated on St. Pierre Street, next to the Presbytère Ste-Madeleine. The reason that I picked this building was because of its fabulous clock and its metal roof which has a really interesting shape–certainly a challenge in perspective drawing.

Charles Reid Inspiration 2

I am learning so much from this author. The name of the book that I have is Charles Reid’s Watercolor Secrets and it is very good. He explains how to proceed, in gradual steps. What I find is that I tend to overdraw and overpaint, trying to fill all of the space with colour and lines? He limits me thus it is very helpful.


I have to thank Shari Blaukopf for inspiring me to start painting and drawing. She has a blog where she posts her daily drawings, rain or sun or no parking spaces, every day of the year — quite a feat in my point of view and reading and looking at her paintings have certainly inspired me…

I have just bought a book from Charles Reid and I was taken by one of his paintings in the book. I can, not so easily “replicate” what another painter has done, but when it comes to painting on my own, with my own eyes, the act of painting becomes much more difficult.

Watercolour Notebook

I have been using the Watercolour Notebooks from Moleskins and I love them — to paint, draw, muse and sketch on– maybe this is an expensive way to use them but I like regrouping everything in one place. The size of these booklets are 21 x 13 cm (8.25″ x 5″) with 72 pages. Sometimes I reserve both opened pages for one drawing, and then it doubles in size and some other times I test out my sketch on the facing page and finish on the other page. Quite nice.

Would-be Sketcher

First and foremost, I need learn how to draw… or at least draw in a more profound and satisfactory fashion, with more depth. Thus, I have just bought a book named Keys to Drawing by Bert Dodson. Tonight I am starting his lesson plan…

The first exercise is to attempt to draw my feet, using blind drawing and taking about 1/2 hour to complete it in. He calls it the “look-hold-draw” process which means that we need to look at the feet much more than at the drawing that we are drawing… and stop drawing while you are looking by keeping the pen or pencil on the paper and not moving it… well let’s give it a try. You are also allowed “restatements” in the drawing, meaning that we can have double and triple lines where the drawing seems to be lopsided…. that! without taking your pen or pencil off of the page. Hah!

However, the first shoes that I tried were black chinese slippers with very little detail, and this is what it gave me… so the moral of the story is, find an “interesting” object, not a plain old doddy one.