Monthly Archives: August 2012

Habitat 67

Yesterday I did not know what to paint, so I asked my spouse Guy to pick from one of the many photographs that I took during the course of the summer. Well, lo and behold, he picked Habitat 67, a … Continue reading

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The Greatest Struggle

I think that the greatest struggle that I have as a painter is to choose “what” to paint and identifying the composition’s strong points. I often make mistakes, as I did for the following painting. What attracted me in this … Continue reading

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Westmount Conservatory :: Take 3

As I find this building most beautiful I have painted it from another angle – this is the third time that I paint it. I have also tried implementing what I learned in the workshop… create a first wash throughout … Continue reading

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Westmount Conservatory :: Conservatoire de Westmount

During our workshop in Westmount Park, I painted the Conservatory but redid it yesterday as I was not satisfied with it. This is a better version but still lacking in some details. This Conservatory is very beautiful, I felt thrown … Continue reading

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Westmount Park :: La tour de la bibliothèque

On Friday I was in Westmount Park and looked up at this imposing and beautiful tower that houses the Public Library. As I was attending a watercolour workshop, here is one of the paintings that I did using a new technique … Continue reading

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Thumbnail Sketches :: Esquisses

For the past two days I attended a wonderful workshop given in Montreal by Shari Blaukopf, one of my colleagues. You can view her blog here: http://www.shariblaukopf.com. She talked about how to get to know your surroundings by taking the … Continue reading

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Old Kitchen :: Vieille cuisine toute croche

When we were trained as graphic artists in the old days, we used to draw and paint and do alot of technical drawings, every day in school. Here is one of my drawings that I did when I was just … Continue reading

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Basilique Notre-Dame, in the Old Port of Montreal

Here is the majestic Notre Dame Basilica where at night there is an incredible show of lights within the Basilica. I painted this concentrating on the following colours. French Ultramarine, Yellow Ochre, Transparent Yellow and some Mayan Blue. Today I … Continue reading

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Sailboat :: Bateau à voile

Continuing on yesterday’s theme, in explaining how a painter can omit elements to satisfy his/her eye, this painting is almost exactly the same as en plein-air. This lonely sailboat was, and still is, attached to its dock. I used Cobalt … Continue reading

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Lone Sailboat

The beauty of painting, unlike taking photographs, is that you can select what interests you (or omit) a few or many objects from the painting. This is what I learned from Marc Taro Holmes, a Montreal artist extraordinaire on his blog. … Continue reading

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An Experience :: Une expérience

Today I went to the Montreal Highland Games in Pierrefonds… thank you Tyrone Smith for the tickets, they were very appreciated. So because of this, I did not have the time to sit down outside and do a plein-air painting … Continue reading

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Hudson Sailboats

Went to the Hudson Wharf today to paint some boats. This is the first time that I attempted to paint sailboats, so I started with the masts jutting out of the wharf, as the lake was too magnificent to ignore. … Continue reading

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Mountains’ View

Down Chemin St-Georges, there is a horse pension that is called Mountains’ View. Here is part of the house… Every day I pass in front of this house where horses are grazing with their tails swishing away the flies… and … Continue reading

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