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 weeks old.

For this painting I sticked to three main colours for this painting. Winsor Red, Aureolin Yellow and Cobalt Blue with a tad of Winsor Green. Why do I only use three primary colours for the whole painting? Imagine that I used 3 colours on the left hand side, and another 3 colours for the right hand side… the painting would appear divided, broken in two.

Many of my friends tell me that they do not know what to say on my blog–and I think that this is quite common, as to become an art critic is not for everyone. Suffice to say that just mentioning: “I really like the trees and the way that you drew them” or asking a question “what happens when you stick to three main colours?” or something like that is quite sufficient… and it is a very good start. Once you have started commenting, then the next time, you will try to find another way of saying things… you will only excel at commenting with practice — that is all. So please try and comment, I am quite open to your suggestions, views and different ways of seeing my paintings.

Cette peinture a été peinte avec du Winsor RedAureolin Yellow et Cobalt Blue avec un peu de Winsor Green. Ceci aide les mélanges de couleur à rester en harmonie et soutiennent toute la peinture. Imaginez que le côté gauche aurait été peint avec 3 couleurs, et le côté droit aurait été peint avec 3 autres couleurs. Il y aurait eu une disjonction, une brisure, une division dans la peinture.

Souvent les gens me disent qu’ils ne savent pas quoi me dire sur mon blog. C’est normal, car devenir un critique d’art ne se fait pas du jour au lendemain… ça prend de la pratique. Donc une de mes suggestions est de vous inviter à commencer. Vous pourriez commenter de cette façon: “J’aime bien la façon que tu as dessiné l’arbre à gauche” tout simplement…. ou vous pourriez me demander une question: “Pourquoi est-ce si important de rester avec les mêmes trois couleurs primaires?” Et un petit commentaire à la fois, vous allez développer une façon de dire les choses. Vous allez vouloir changer la façon aussi de dire ou de commenter et c’est là que le vocabulaire va s’agrandir. Aussi, vous allez commencer à regarder d’une autre façon, car si vous commentez, vous allez regarder avec votre commentaire en tête. C’est aussi simple que ça!

Watercolours: Winsor & Newton Artist watercolours
Paper: Stillman & Birn, Beta Series 140 lbs
Drawing Ink: Carbon Ink Fountain Pen with black Carbon Ink

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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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