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Sketching :: Drawing from Observation
I draw, I sketch, I paint.
I also teach graphic & web design, drawing & typography.
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.
Monthly Archives: June 2012
What is really hard is to post paintings that you think are not up to par… some say that it takes 10 paintings to get one right… some say that it is three. I have been painting every day of … Continue reading
The hat that I wear when I go down south… it is perfect. Has a long edge over the eyes and mostly has ventilation holes for this oooohh brain of mine. The colours that I used are mostly Yellow Ochre, … Continue reading
On this cold and dreary day, I went out to draw the St. Madeleine de Rigaud church… and what I really wanted to paint was the belfry… the part that holds the bells… but I never got to them as … Continue reading
This is my Green Man. At my house we have approximately 3000 trees… some that are totally dead and essential for wildlife, some half dead and also essential for the birds, mushrooms, owls, bats, raccoons, deer, and the majority of … Continue reading
Une peinture que j’ai commencée au début juin et que je n’avais pas eu le temps de finir… il restait les ombres et quelques détails à faire. Un ciel jaune, faut le faire, huh? La raison est qu’on travaillait avec … Continue reading
You know that it is hot when your dog plops into the brook and stays there without moving for 15 minutes. He actually zoned out and seemed to be in a zen state — I am quite sure that Siddhārtha … Continue reading
As the temperature was predicted to be 34ºC with the humidex at 45, it was soon apparent that I could not stay home, which is and feels like a jungle in this type of temperature, because of the quantity of … Continue reading
I never knew that Rigaud On The Lake existed… by driving around with my dog Pyper today, in order to ward off the heat that was prevalent in my neck of the woods, we twisted and turned into this area. … Continue reading
Today I decided to hop in my car with the intention of painting the old church in Rigaud… however I was distracted by the Sanctuary of Notre Dame de Lourdes, a shrine dedicated to the virgin Mary that was built … Continue reading
The view from the El Viejo Bar of the pedal boats and the sailboats. Drawn on Tuesday June 12, 2012. I am really trying to apply what I learnt in Shari’s workshop in Montreal this June. One of the principles … Continue reading
Here is a good drawing turned terrible by the watercolour effect. The sea does not look like sea at all. I created this painting on Tuesday June 12, 2012. However, I must say that it brings back such good memories … Continue reading
Here is another painting, of Varadero Beach that I did on Monday June 11, 2012 at 40 degrees celsius! The top half of the picture seems to be disconnected from the bottom half, does it not? Les nuages ont tourné … Continue reading
Here is Brittain Hall, the Continuing Education building at my workplace. This is the painting that I created on my first workshop day with Shari Blaukopf in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Québec. It was very hot on that day, and … Continue reading
Here is another beach scene in Varadero Beach in Cuba… I am trying, without success, to paint beach scenes. With this painting I used a different set of colours. I tried Raw Umber for the sand, much better than my … Continue reading
Here is a series of attempted sketches of Varadero Beach. The day was very windy and my Moleskine pages kept flipping back when the painting was still wet… hence the yellow splotches. I also forgot to paint the sky “before” … Continue reading
Here is a sketch of a cuban palapas in Varadero Beach. I tried many different combinations to get the sand right, and it is still too yellow. For the sky I used Cerulean Blue, and for the beach I used a … Continue reading
Today we are taking the plane and leaving for the South. My little niece will be staying here with our dog Pyper and I am presently watering all of my plants. So here is my quirky cactus that is so … Continue reading
We are leaving for the sunny beaches of the south — Cuba –, one of the last bastions of the communist world, so I will be back to post some other drawings in two weeks. Mojito time! Here are examples … Continue reading
Here is a drawing of a popular hotel in Hudson on Main Street. I have never been there but I thought that its architecture was interesting.
On Sunday mornings, I have a routine… the best way to start is by taking a long bath, then listen to the Sunday Morning show on CBS and looking forward to drinking my favourite tea, Genmai-Cha from this quirky looking teacup. Then … Continue reading
On this cold, rainy and dreary day, I decided to practice my sketching for sunnier times. I am leaving for Cuba next week, so I need practice. Sad excuse, I know.