Trip down south… and a few lessons in the making! Une couple de leçons plus tard.

We left in a rush, pretty much at the last minute, last Friday for a well deserved break to Cayo Largo… which turned out to be hot, humid and hot… the exact opposite of our Quebec weather conditions.

On the first day of the trip, my colour palette was exposed to close to 46ºC temperatures, and when I opened my handbag, all of the Winsor & Newton watercolours had dripped all over my handbag and over each other! Not so for the Daniel Smith nor Schminke watercolours. Yikes! So I spent the rest of my day trying to salvage and clean the mess up. Lesson #1.

When I started painting in the sketchbook, I did not notice that the sunscreen on my arm had touched the right-hand side of the page… and it acted as wax on the paper. You can see the effects of this under the bridge, on the left palm tree. Lesson #2.

In this temperature, the Daniel Smith watercolours all seemed to granulate and take in the salt from the sea air. They did not react well to the hot temperature. Lesson #3.

Sketchbook:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co.
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″
Bought at Avenue des arts, a fine arts shop in Westmount.
Recommended by: Shari Blaukopf

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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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3 Responses to Trip down south… and a few lessons in the making! Une couple de leçons plus tard.

  1. Lynn says:

    Oui Jane, mon intuition me dit que les pigments dans les godets déjà préparés sont plus fermes, donc plus facilement transportables et plus résistants à la chaleur…Il faudra l’essayer lors de ton prochain voyage dans le Sud pour comparer! Tu perdras peut-être en intensité de couleur, mais ce sera plus pratique. Sinon, je suppose qu’il faudrait transporter les tubes et remplir ta palette une fois sur place.

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  2. Lynn says:

    Belle composition et beau choix de couleur Jane! Ta lotion solaire vient ajouter de la texture. Tu es courageuse de peindre à 46ºC! On peut conclure que ta palette n’a pas aimé cette grande chaleur…Peut-être que c’est mieux d’utiliser des godets (blocs) déjà préparés plutôt que des tubes de couleur quand il fait si chaud.
    Aimes-tu le papier de ton nouveau carnet de croquis?

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    • Jane says:

      Merci Lyne /- je ne savais pas qu’il faisait 46 — mais les couleurs elles, elles le savaient — LOL -))) je pense que je l’aime ce papier — je vais mieux le savoir après avoir peint ici au QC comme comparaison. Tu penses que des godets seraient mieux?

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