Monthly Archives: May 2013

Kamouraska, here I come :: Kamouraska, j’arrive!

I love clouds! I keep gazing at them and seeing forms appearing… and today the clouds were totally awesome. I think that they were cumulus, but I am not sure. I first sketched in pencil the outline of the clouds, … Continue reading

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Roses

Even though the temperature was beautiful and warm today, I could not go out and sketch on location or “plein air” as I did not have the time. So here is my take on a trio of beautiful red roses … Continue reading

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Road Trip :: Trip de char

Went back today on the Chemin de l’Anse in Vaudreuil-Dorion as it is a small, rural and very winding road… which gives it alot of appeal. This is the street where Félix Leclerc lived, a famous Québécois singer-songwriter, poet, novelist, … Continue reading

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Here comes the sun :: Oooh soleil, soleil -)

Today was the first day of sun in a very long time and everyone seemed to be thrilled to be outdoors. While I was painting this scene from my car, two men kept walking close to my door and tried … Continue reading

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Roundabout to the right :: Tourner à droite

Today I was so happy as I was going to paint with the Montreal Urban Sketchers at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. I arrived 20 minutes late, so when I passed in front of the museum there was already … Continue reading

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Rainy Days :: Journées pluvieuses

This past week has been quite rainy and cold in our Quebec area. I always remind myself that April Showers bring May Flowers and this past April was very dry… so nature needs tons of water at the moment as we went … Continue reading

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A Car with a View :: Automobile avec vue

Yesterday I had 2.5 hours to kill between appointments and I decided to arrive early for my second appointment to go to the Cléroux Nursery in Pierrefonds. As I parked, my eyes went up and lo and behold, a beautiful … Continue reading

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Footbridge Canal Lachine :: Pont piétonnier Canal Lachine

I was in Westmount today and had 2-1/2 hours before my next appointment… so I decided to go to the Atwater Market and sketch there. I sketched the footbridge crossing over the Lachine Canal. This coming Sunday the Montreal Urban … Continue reading

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Restaurant Hamelin

Every little village in Quebec has its junk food haven… and in Rigaud, it is the Restaurant Hamelin. Good, cheap and fast… and clean! I painted this after successfully ruining three other paintings… I have alot of trouble painting without … Continue reading

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One year behind me :: Un an derrière moi

On May 17th 2012, exactly one year ago, I was posting my first sketch on this blog… as I had no idea what to paint, I just painted what was in front of me… my feet! With Chinese slippers ;-) One year … Continue reading

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Snake Plant :: Plante serpent

Sanseveria plants are more commonly known as Snake Plants or Mother in Law plants and they are amazing… they hardly need any water or light and they thrive in very poor conditions. They are known for filtering formaldehydes… which are found … Continue reading

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Celery stalk :: Pied de céleri

I never knew that celery would be so hard to paint… this is my fourth try on four different days. Some of them have good parts to them, but all in all, they were not postable (can I say that?) … Continue reading

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Early morning coffee :: Tasse de café

Little did I know as I woke up this morning that I would be sketching during the early morning hours. As I was pouring my coffee into my cup, I saw that I had left one of my fountain pens … Continue reading

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Crazy Coffee Percolator :: Percolateur délirant

Here is my coffee percolator that I inherited from my parents many years ago (even though they are still living and healthy of mind and body) and which they had for most of their lives. This is a Revere Ware coffee … Continue reading

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To change sketchbooks… or not? :: Changer de cahier croquis… ou pas?

Last night I took a picture of my red onion and garlic head… and waking up this morning I was not happy with the result. So I decided to scan it properly this time instead of taking a picture and … Continue reading

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Flow :: the optimal state of being :: État optimal de grâce

There is something to say about the healing power of drawing/painting. The minute that I start drawing/painting, it seems as though my mind sets itself in a zone of “flow”… of being totally absorbed in the moment. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied this … Continue reading

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Tender Green of Spring :: Le vert tendre du printemps

Yesterday the buds were bursting and today the leaves have bursted from their shells! The tender green of spring is here. The maple trees, beech and yellow birches, aronias, the whole family of viburnums have opened their leaves, except for … Continue reading

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Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Watercolour Sketchbook :: Carnet aquarelle Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal

I wanted to talk about a new sketchbook that I have been using. I have been struggling with the paper texture as it is very dry… feels alot like Arches paper as it needs alot of water. However, it does … Continue reading

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