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Sketching :: Drawing from Observation
I draw, I sketch, I paint.
I also teach graphic & web design, drawing & typography.
Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur
est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme.
A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
- :: Soft petal day :: “I must study politics and war so that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams, founder, 1735 A soft, warm and dry day in Rigaud today and as I have not dabbled in watercolours for quite a while, I painted one of my iris drawings after having totally ruined another drawing that I had just done of a beautiful Ostrya virginiana leave, trunk & flower… also commonly known as a Hophornbeam or Ironwood and Bois de fer in french in Québec. www.janehannah.com
Monthly Archives: December 2012
I started painting 7 months ago, always using the same steps. First, I draw with a 2B or HB pencil, then go over the lines with a fountain pen (either black or grey ink) adding more detail, and once the … Continue reading
I do not really understand what is happening but I have been trying to paint without filling in the lines with ink first, to no avail… and since the snow has arrived, suddenly, I can. Because of this my drawings … Continue reading
We knew that it would come… it’s just that we did not know when. Well it has happened. 2.5 feet of snow fell today and I could not even leave my house… my spouse took 2 hours to clean up … Continue reading
This madonna stands on the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains, which is part of the Ottawa River delta. It was originally named Lac des Médicis in 1612 by Samuel de Champlain, then renamed Lac des Soissons in 1632 and … Continue reading
Some fences are nice and this one caught my eye. For our holiday party, our Union invited us for a buffet-style luncheon at Château Vaudreuil and this is where I saw it. Continuing on the theme of yesterday’s post, I … Continue reading
You know that I have been quite busy when I submit a drawing (instead of a painting) as this takes much more time. So today I had but a few minutes to sketch… and I have had, in the back … Continue reading
Today was the first time that a considerable amount of snow fell… there was about one foot that fell in Rigaud. When you wake up in the morning and all of the sounds are hushed, it is a telltale sign … Continue reading
I have drawn this lamp quite often… it reminds me of Bilbo the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings… it has many colours in it and has a river flowing through it. Quite nice actually. One of these days I … Continue reading
Here is a sketch of an old Rigaud house with beautiful architecture. However, I had to draw it about 7 times in order to make this sketch happen… everything was skewed and disproportionate. So this is the beginning, I hope, … Continue reading
The past two weeks have been quite hectic as we are in the last stretch of the semester… and because of this, I have not been able to paint as much as I as would have liked to (I usually … Continue reading
In our bedroom we have this huge machete that my spouse bought in Guatemala many years ago… it is there, dangling down. It is a beautiful piece of work and is about 3 feet long… and quite heavy. In Southern … Continue reading
Since this morning I have been quite busy organizing myself… reorganizing my colours in the Daniel Smith Travel Palette, cleaning them up, creating a color wheel, cleaning my fountain pens and really trying to figure out the “best” system for … Continue reading
One of the best books that was ever published on the Quebec flora is named: Flore Laurentienne by Frère Marie-Victorin. The version that I have is dated 1964 and I have been perusing this book, and come to the realization … Continue reading
I am starting to prepare for the holidays… even with my sketching, and further on for my paintings. Did I mention that I am planning on painting every day of the holidays? LOL — maybe that I have to remind … Continue reading
This is a very quick sketch and a very quick painting… and sometimes in life we live through beneficial errors… not always, but sometimes. Even though this is not as good a painting as I would have liked to post, … Continue reading
I love using the Small Moleskine Sketchbooks for drawing with ink, pencil and also painting with watercolours because of their small format… you can actually put it in your jean back pocket… they are so easy to carry around. If … Continue reading
As I get older, I seem to long for a room with a view… or many rooms with a view, from very high up, overlooking mountains and lakes, where you can look at the horizon and peruse. So here is … Continue reading