Two Forgotten Things :: Deux choses oubliées

I painted this yesterday and I was so unsatisfied with it that I decided not to post it… and this morning, I changed my mind, just for education purposes. I do not know if you have noticed that my perspective is totally skewed… well there is a reason for this. I decided to let go of my ink pen and paint directly from pencil… with no lines! This is a real challenge for me, as lines make me feel safe. So to come back to my story, I was so intent on painting without lines that I totally forgot to think about two things. The perspective and where the main light was coming from… LOL. So here it is, with many mistakes, but still… I really like my trees.

Voici une peinture que j’ai peint hier, et que j’avais décidé de ne pas publier car je ne la trouvais pas assez bonne. Ce matin en me réveillant, j’ai décidé de la publier pour des raisons éducatives (pour moi surtout). Premièrement cette peinture n’a pas de lignes dessinées en encre, et je me suis poussée à dessiner au crayon pour ensuite sauter directement à l’aquarelle. Eh bien, j’étais tellement intentionnée sur la peinture, que j’ai totalement oublié de “penser” à la perspective et à la lumière! Donc voici ma peinture dans toute sa splendeur d’erreurs cumulées. Par contre, j’aime bien mes arbres.

Paper: Fabriano Artistico, cold pressed, 140 lbs, 7.5″ x 11″
Watercolours: Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith
Colours: New Gambodge, Cerulean Blue, Serpentine Green, Burnt Umber, Burnt Orange and Rose Madder Genuine
Place: McDonald Campus, Old Farm view in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

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 and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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4 Responses to Two Forgotten Things :: Deux choses oubliées

  1. Jane says:

    Thank you Verla — is it not funny how we are our biggest critiques? At least, I am. So I thank you for your comment as I really appreciate them. I will keep on posting my “mistakes” then, as they seem to be helpful — LOL.


  2. Dorland Hannah says:

    Very nice Jane :: keep up the good work ;-)


  3. Verla says:

    Thank you for posting “less than perfect” work. It is very helpful and encouraging for us at the less experienced end of the scale to be reminded that even “the pros” struggle at times. I really appreciate your explanation for what went wrong and —– I like your trees too!


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