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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: May 2013
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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