Kamouraska, Day 1 :: Jour 1 à Kamouraska

I came back yesterday from Kamouraska and what a beauty of a village. Even though there are only 500 inhabitants that live there year round, the quality of the people, architecture and services are outstanding. So this painting was done on our first day of the workshop and we were freezing. The week started very cold and warmed up eventually.

We started our workshop with value sketching. For these series of houses, I used three values… highlights, midtones and shadows. Can you identify them? For this, we use one colour and first paint in the light values with a wash, then with a 2nd wash for the midtones and finally a 3rd wash for the shadow areas. I also found out that when we put in too much water,”blossoms” form in our watercolours (in my dark values on the side of the houses we can easily see them). Shari had a special challenge for me during the week and it was to put aside my fountain pens that I love so much and only draw with pencil lines — yikes ;-)

Je suis revenue de Kamouraska hier après-midi et ce petit village de 500 habitants est splendide… autant dans l’accueil des gens, la qualité de leurs produits et la belle architecture. Il faisait très froid au début de la semaine et s’est réchauffé assez vite.

Pour notre première journée, nous avons travaillé les valeurs de tons. Dans cette série de maisons, j’ai utilisé trois tonalités. Ombres, tons moyens et tons clairs… pouvez-vous les identifier? Pour faire ceci nous utilisons une couleur seulement, et avec un premier lavis pour les tons clairs, ensuite un 2e lavis pour les tons moyens et un 3e pour les ombres. Shari avait un défi pour moi et c’était de ne pas utiliser mes plumes fontaines et de travailler qu’au crayon — ayoye ;-)

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Pencil lines
Colour: Payne’s Grey

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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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2 Responses to Kamouraska, Day 1 :: Jour 1 à Kamouraska

  1. Lynn says:

    Très belle étude des valeurs Jane.
    Je viens de visiter l’atelier du peintre Michel Leroux, on a jasé pendant une heure!

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