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 least drew this painting and it is now ready for the colours tomorrow. That is really the fun part of painting… the deliberate act of putting colours on the paper.

I have been using many types of watercolour sketchbooks as they are really nice to paint on and as they fold like books they are easily put on a bookshelf. My first watercolour sketchbook that I used last May was a Strathmore paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″ cold press 140 lbs and it was fine but quite rough. Then I turned to the Moleskine Watercolour Notebooks, size 8.25″ x 5″ and completed 2 of those. Then I discovered the Stillman & Birn, Beta Series, 140 lbs cold press and I fell in love with that paper… and today I drew on the last page. So tomorrow I will still be using it as I will complete my drawing with watercolours. So this means that the next time that I paint it will be with my new Larolan sketchbook… and I can’t wait to try it out. It is hand made in Portugal and seems to be of very high quality. Starting a new sketchbook is always exciting, for my anyway…

J’ai été pas mal occupée aujourd’hui. Guy et moi avons fait une session de photo de la vieille gare de Rigaud. Ensuite Hélène et moi sommes allées voir la pièce d’opéra La Tempête de Thomas Adès, mise en scène par Robert Lepage qui est toujours aussi puissant et merveilleux. Ensuite le souper et hier soir je me suis assise pour faire un superbe dessin que j’ai ensuite ruiné avec de la peinture. Donc je l’ai recommencé et arrêté là… juste avant de mettre la peinture… car demain matin je vais mettre la couleur… qui est toujours la partie la plus excitante de peindre. Il est minuit et je vais aller me coucher très bientôt.

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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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