Patient Peonies :: Pivoines patientes

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 abstract details to put in… and there is alot of waiting. Waiting for the paint to dry, waiting to put in the second layer, waiting to see the overall effect, then take a step back and really look. Put down the painting and then come back to it 15 minutes later. When I first started painting last year, I was very impatient… would not even think of painting more than one hour! And I could not set it aside, I had to finish it then and there. Now, I am much more patient and am willing to set it aside to come back to it later.

Vendredi je me suis retrouvée au Marché Atwater à Montréal, qui est mon marché préféré. Ils ont toujours de très belles fleurs coupées à un bon prix.

Peindre des fleurs pour moi est bien difficile et j’apprends à être très patiente. Il y a beaucoup de détails abstraits à insérer, je dois attendre que la peinture sèche pour mettre la deuxième couche, je dois regarder de près, de loin, prendre un pas en-arrière, me demander si c’est assez ou pas… sans tuer l’aquarelle. Une bonne façon de manquer une aquarelle, est de trop la travailler. Un des buts est de garder sa spontanéité, sa fraîcheur…  être prête à arrêter de peindre pour y revenir 15 minutes ou 3 heures plus tard… tout ça travaille sur ma patience et je me rends compte que je suis plus patiente qu’avant ;-)

Colours: Winsor Blue, Aureolin Yellow, Q. Rose, Q. Violet
Paper:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co. #8
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″

20130707_Peonies

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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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