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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: July 2013
Lately the skies in Quebec are outstanding… big fluffy clouds, with all kinds of colours moving through them. I was wondering if it is the time of the year, or is this year an exceptional year for clouds? Can that … Continue reading
Two weekends ago I went to visit the John Singer Sargent exhibit in Brooklyn, NY. It was utterly amazing as I had never seen this type of watercolour work before… meaning the way that JSS seems to work with watercolour … Continue reading
Four Urban Sketchers of Montreal gathered together today to paint in Place D’Armes in Old Montreal. Place D’Armes is the second oldest public site in Montreal and dates back from 1693. In front of us was the Notre. Dame Basilica … Continue reading
The same house as yesterday but with ink lines. As it is my second try, I am happier with it… but really not there yet! No matter, it is practice and I really enjoy it. What do you think? Your … Continue reading
Last year someone asked me to paint their house for a commission… and I have waited until today to start working on it. Why did it take me so long to start? Is it because I did not feel ready? … Continue reading
Went to my parents house today and painted my bedroom that I had in my teens… any teen would love to have this type of room. Separate from the house, right on the waterfront! It was quite wonderful. I really … Continue reading
This is the only painting that I was able to do in NYC. It was done from the window in our room on the 14th floor of our hotel, Pod 51. During our stay, it was mostly overcast and it … Continue reading
Drawing faces is my next challenge… so I started with the eyes. I am also letting you know that we are going to NYC… so I will probably not be able to post as we will be quite busy. I … Continue reading
On Friday I stopped at the Atwater Market, my favourite market in Montreal. They always have beautiful cut flowers at a very good price. Painting flowers is difficult for me, and I have to be very patient… there are many … Continue reading
Today I spent some time at my parents’ house with my dog, chatting, giving each other philosophical points of view and painting at the same time–nice! There was a wonderful breeze on the waterfront and no “bibittes”… very different from … Continue reading
One of the best things that we did this year is to become a member of the CSA Community Supported Agriculture farm Tournesol. Every Thursday we pick up our vegetables directly at the farm in Les Cèdres and they are so … Continue reading
Here is the last sketch from Cuba. I had so much trouble finding a composition on that day… can you believe it? I turned round and round and round… and then my eyes floated downwards to this very old tree … Continue reading
This is my 200th post since I started my blog last May and I am very proud of this painting. First, because I managed to paint without using an ink pen, which I have been very reliant upon in these … Continue reading
In Cayo Largo they gave us a beautiful room with a sea view, a free upgrade. So this is the view. I am very excited as my spouse and I have just booked our hotel for NYC as we are … Continue reading