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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.
Monthly Archives: January 2013
Yesterday the Urban Sketchers and I were at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts MFA, and I went to the Stewart Building on the 4th floor to visit the Inuit exhibit… and the view coming out of the elevator was … Continue reading
Today the Montreal Urban Sketchers went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I went to the Desmarais Pavilion to see the temporary Napoléon I Gallery. This terracotta sculpture was created by Joseph Chinard in 1805 in Lyon, who was … Continue reading
I really struggled with my bananas today as I had to sketch them four times in order to get one that was satisfactory. The first one that I sketched was on Arches paper, which was the first time for me, … Continue reading
Throughout the province of Quebec, the temperature is hovering around -20°C and they are announcing -26°C for tomorrow and on Thursday…. brrrrrrr! Actually it’s really not that bad as it is a dry cold instead of a humid cold. So … Continue reading
Today about 16 people regrouped for the Montreal Sketchcrawl. This cathedral took 17 years to build, from 1870 to 1878 and the second phase, from 1885 to 1894… and the beautiful dome was finished in 1886 and is Quebec’s third largest … Continue reading
As I mentioned yesterday, once I stop painting, even for a few days, my colours are not synchronized with my painting. So I find that whenever I am in this situation, this type of exercise really helps to bring back … Continue reading
I have not been able to paint at all this week as my life, all of a sudden, turned quite hectic and topsy-turvy . So usually, after a hiatus of a few days, I lose all my painting senses… observation, hand … Continue reading
Today was a typical grey and misty January day… and on these days, to curl up and read a good book is heaven. I had difficulty painting this scene as the sky and the snow were grey, so this is … Continue reading
A disaster happened today… as usual I left the house and had a few chores to do before leaving so I quickly filled up my water bottle and put my watercolour bag over my shoulder. I arrived at my appointment, … Continue reading
I had to go in to work today and as I was already on campus, I decided to paint one of the houses of the McDonald Campus in Ste. Anne de Bellevue. As I have been trying to draw directly, … Continue reading
A beautiful Quebec oldstyle farm on chemin St. Marie in St. Clet (founded in 1850, population 1738). After yesterday’s painting slump, I knew that today would be better as I knew exactly where I was driving to and that I … Continue reading
I painted tonight for a long time and the painting turned out very badly… argh! So I am posting this drawing that I did earlier this week… why is it that the minute that I stop painting for two days, … Continue reading
Today I rushed out of the house at 3:45 pm to catch the Ste. Marthe sunset… and in the end it was too dark in the car to keep on going, so I had to finish this painting in the … Continue reading
I wish you health, love, wisdom and a long life. Thank you for being part of my blog on drawing and painting that started in May 2012…. Your comments, likes, visits, emails, telephone calls, encouragement, have touched me. They stimulate … Continue reading