A very special Day :: Une journée bien spéciale

Today is my mother’s 88th birthday and her 62nd wedding anniversary with my Dad. My life is privileged, as both of my parents are still living, healthy and smart. So I wish you a Happy Birthday and a Wonderful Anniversary to both of you. So to celebrate this event, I painted this landscape (even though I know that my Mom hates winter). I was hoping that the corn fields would be showing some instances of grass peeking through, but in my neck of the woods, we are still covered in snow.

This day is also special because I have just finished my 6th sketchbook since I started on this journey in early 2012. I have gone through 3 Moleskines, 1 Strathmore, 1 Stillman & Birn and 1 Larolan Sketchbook and many loose leaf sheets.

C’est la fête de ma mère aujourd’hui et elle fête ses 88 ans! Mes parents fêtent aussi leur 62e anniversaire de mariage… quelle vie ;-) J’ai peint ce paysage pour cet événement, en espérant qu’il y aurait un peu de brins d’herbe qui apparaîtraient… mais dans mon coin de pays, tout est aussi blanc qu’en hiver… mais dans très peu de temps, les herbes vont apparaître. J’ai hâte!

Cette journée est aussi spéciale pour une toute autre raison. Je viens de finir mon 6e livret croquis. J’ai passé au travers de 3 Moleskines, 1 Strathmore, 1 Stillman & Birn et 1 Larolan depuis que j’ai commencé sur ce trajet artistique.

Colours: Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Umber & Aureolin Yellow
Pen: Sailor Extra Fine Pen
Ink: Black Carbon Ink



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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5 Responses to A very special Day :: Une journée bien spéciale

  1. Jane says:

    Merci Lynn :: je pensais que je t’avais répondue… mais sur mon blog ma réponse n’apparaît pas. LOL! Je suis en fin de session et ça parait! Oui, des fois c’est difficile de peindre pour manque de temps, mais il ne faut pas lâcher. Et quand on arrête, on est tout rouillé par après… heureusement ça revient vite ;-)


  2. Lynn says:

    Une dernière scène d’hiver pour cette année! Je vais commencer mon premier carnet de croquis prochainement. J’espère réussir aussi bien que toi! Bravo pour ta persévérance!


  3. Jane says:

    Hello Verla,
    thank you for sharing your thoughts and is it not a great feeling to start and finish a sketchbook? There is something that is so much more personal than loose-leaf paper–there is a continuity in the thought process, the colour choices, the seasons! Especially here in Quebec. Congratulations to you too Verla for your 5th one! And yeah for all of us who are following this path ;-)


  4. Verla says:

    How very wonderful for you and your parents. I was fortunate enough to celebrate similar numbers with my Mom and Dad. But now, your personal achievement is even more fabulous. Earlier today, I was reviewing my sketchbooks and feeling proud that I am five days away from completing my fifth since last August. You are my hero(ine) and best of all, you are sharing with all of us!!


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