Monthly Archives: November 2012

Pyper’s Collar

This painting was done in a Moleskine Sketchbook… this paper is not a watercolour paper as it probably has many coats of glazing and is meant for sketching with pen or pencil… and when watercolour is applied to it, it … Continue reading

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Fierce Lizard

This fierce lizard or Gorgosaurus, is Tyrannosaurus Rex’s cousin. Even in the Redpath Museum, when looking at the bones that have been set together in restoration, it is a very fierce looking animal indeed. The colours that I used for this painting are New Gambodge, Mayan … Continue reading

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Irish Elk :: Wapiti géant

I drew this yesterday at the Redpath Museum and then had the time to paint it today (I took a photograph to remember its colours). The Irish Elk, also known as the Giant Deer or Megaloceros giganteus, was a giant of … Continue reading

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Redpath Museum

Today I joined the Montreal Urban Sketchers with one of my students, Emily, to paint there. There must have been at least 10 urban sketchers who gathered there and it is always a nice feeling to know that you are … Continue reading

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My new Mantra: Look longer, draw slower and be more observant

I have been experimenting with continual line contour drawing where the pen never lifts from the paper and not picking it up until I get to the very end. This forces me to look at the object, as it slows … Continue reading

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Boulangerie Paradis Neighbour

I am in awe…. I have started painting in a new stechbook which is handmade by Larolan in Sintra, Portugal. It cost me 28$ (Cdn) including the shipping, and it is wonderful (no import fees). The watercolour glides on the … Continue reading

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Bird Nests :: Nids d’oiseaux

Here are Finch, Oriole and Robin nests. These three birds nest throughout Québec in the spring. As winter is upon us, the Oriole and Robin have left us for fairer climes (as well as many others). The chickadees, goldfinches, nuthatches, … Continue reading

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Wing Chair

Everyone should have a wing chair to read in… they are wonderful. So here is part of my living room, drawn quickly last night. It took about 20 minutes. There is a liberty, a spontaneity and a freshness that happens … Continue reading

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100th Post :: 100e peinture publiée

Today is a special day as it is the day that I will post my 100th painting since I began this journey last May. Wow! I never thought that painting would carry me so far on this path. This is … Continue reading

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Rigaud Train 2

This morning I went to do some photography with Guy, then came back and went to see The Tempest Opera with my friend Hélène, produced by Robert Lepage. Got home and did not have much time to paint… but I at … Continue reading

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Last Train from Rigaud :: Dernier train de Rigaud

On February 14, 1890 the last train rail is finally installed in Rigaud. The train is ready to run. The locomotive 333 from the “Grand Tronc” is heard for the first time by the locals and a huge inauguration is … Continue reading

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Ampersands & Éperluètes

The ampersand is actually two letters combined — the e and the t of the Latin and French ‘et’. It has the same meaning in German ‘und’, ‘e’ in Italian and Portuguese and ‘og’ in Danish and Norwegian. The finest … Continue reading

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The Sugar Candied Home :: La maison en pain de sucre

This is Louise’s house, one of my very dear friends, and where my Golden Retriever Pyper stays when I have to be away for longer periods. This is his second home, he has been going there since he was 8 … Continue reading

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Winter is Awaiting :: L’hiver se fait attendre

My friend Shari highly recommended a book named Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie. I have to say that in the first 6 pages I have learnt so much about watercolour properties. Watercolours are divided into transparent, staining and opaque colours and … Continue reading

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Une table toute croche

Vieille table familiale un peu toute croche, qui repose sur un vieux tapis de Turquie qui est un peu tout croche… coup donc! Je dois aimer les choses qui sont un peu toutes croches ;-) Voici ma table un peu … Continue reading

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