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 also very excited on Friday when I received my  two new Stillman & Birn sketchbooks, Beta Series hardbound, natural white, 180 lbs, cold pressed paper. The UPS delivery arrived with a price tag that I had not expected… 24$ COD of import fees. So these inexpensive sketchbooks, about 19$, became suddenly expensive. I bought them from Hyatt’s, NY.

The first time that I applied paint onto this paper, I went wow! The paintbrush glided over the surface. In the top half of the forest I think that I used the colour correctly, but clearly, on the bottom half I overworked my paints. As this paper is quite heavy, it does not warp under the successive layers of water being added on… it stays straight.

Voici notre magnifique forêt sur la montagne de Rigaud… c’était paisible et rassurant de marcher sur des sentiers qui, peut-être, ont été traversés par les Amérindiens il y a très très longtemps.

J’ai aussi acheté un nouveau livret de Stillman & Birn qui est magnifique, grandeur 5.5 “x 8.5”. Le pinceau et l’aquarelle glisse sur la feuille… c’est tellement doux. Je vous souhaite de commencer à faire une forme d’art quelconque… car ça nourrit beaucoup. Étant donné que c’était mon premier essai avec ce papier, le haut de la peinture je crois est bien, mais j’ai trop travaillé la peinture dans le bas. En aquarelle, un toucher léger est requis… pour que la peinture garde sa fraîcheur, il ne faut pas trop la travailler.

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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