Monthly Archives: September 2012

Water Tower at John Abbott

The water tower at John Abbott was dismantled in June 2011 after 106 years of service as it was built in 1905. Maintaining this tower and its 44-foot tall steel water storage tank would generate high costs so it was … Continue reading

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The Invisible Woman :: La femme invisible

After making chicken stock, tomato soup with slow braised tomatoes (3 hours at 250 degrees F), a curry chicken sandwich and some cleaning, I decided to hop into the car to buy the ingredients that I need for tomorrow’s recipe … Continue reading

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Test Driving Fountain Pens

Last night I had fun as I received my new Extra Fine Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen that I ordered on the web from JetPens.com and I had to give it a test drive, right? So I sat down and drew … Continue reading

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First Time for Everything :: Il y a toujours une première fois, pour tout

The Urban Sketchers of Montreal gathered together for the first time at the Jean Talon Market in Montreal. It was also my first time that I sketched with this group, and it was quite invigorating, temperature-wise and crowd-wise, to say … Continue reading

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Missing Old Water Tower :: Vieille tour d’eau me manque

Here is where the Old Water Tower used to reside… on top of this old building. It was torn down last year for security reasons, and to me, they looked wonderful. I found a photograph of the old water tower … Continue reading

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Paper is Key for a Watercolour Painting

I am astounded… the paper that we use to paint our watercolours is so very important. Since I started painting last May I have been using the Moleskine watercolour sketchbooks, with a few attempts with an Arches paper and a … Continue reading

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A Walk in the Rigaud Woods

Yesterday Guy, Pyper and I went walking in the majestic woods of Rigaud. It was fabulous, quiet, the sun was filtering onto the forest canopy, Pyper was following his invisible scent trails and we were enjoying the moment. I was … Continue reading

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Restful Weekend Nights

Well, sometimes in life we have bad days, and sometimes we have bad nights. Well last night was one of them. I started painting at about 7:30 p.m. and 15 minutes into the painting, blackout… the electricity was gone. So … Continue reading

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Head Games and Colour Quests

Since taking my watercolours out from the closet last May, I have been painting about 3 times a week. Usually on Mondays, Saturdays and Sundays. However, my colours have been changing in my head as I seem to use them … Continue reading

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My Home in Rigaud

My husband has been pestering me for quite awhile now about painting our house. I personally thought that it would be good to wait until I improved my skills? But he kept repeating: “You’re always driving around trying to find … Continue reading

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Ode to JAC

Did I ever mention that John Abbott College is the best place to work as a teacher? One of my colleagues and friend who has been at JAC for over 27 years, once told me that she felt that she … Continue reading

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Sunday’s Crop… of Twigs

On weekends, weather permitting, I take the wheelbarrow and walk with Pyper on our lot, down the path that shadows our brook until we get to the point where the creek turns around and back towards the house. On our … Continue reading

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Sailboats in Toronto

My brother sent me a picture of his boat named Amarone… the one on the left hand side. There were so many cables as well as a few hundred boats in this photograph that I had to delete many of them. … Continue reading

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Little Birdhouse

This is one of my little favourite birdhouses that lie across my lot in Rigaud. Because I decided to draw this with a Micron technical pen (I was actually thinking of my students and their Doodle project that they have … Continue reading

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