Lake of two mountains :: Lac des deux montagnes

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 as if it was oil. He uses diluted paints, but also almost dry watercolour and sometimes he actually stretches the paint until it creates jagged stretches on top of the other paint. He also used very dark colours and some white paint, which seemed to act like white gouache. So for this painting, I used white gouache in the clouds. It was fun trying it… As you can see I overdid it, and my painting lost its freshness as I put on too many layers of different colours.

Il y a deux fin de semaine nous asommes allés voir au musée Brooklyn l’exposition de John Singer Sargent. C’était la première fois que je voyais quelqu’un travailler les aquarelles de cette façon. La plupart du temps, les aquarellistes travaillent en couleurs pastels… pas JSS. Tons très foncés et couche par-dessus couche, comme si il travaillait la peinture à l’huile. C’était très impressionnant et aussi très instructif. En plus, il semblait beaucoup travailler avec de la peinture blanche, des fois secs et des fois diluée. Donc pour mes nuages aujourd’hui j’ai essayé d’appliquer sa technique… comme vous pouvez le voir, ce n’est pas une réussite parce que j’ai trop travaillé ma peinture et elle a perdu sa fraîcheur.

Paper: Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook
Colours: Cobalt Blue, Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Aureolin Yellow

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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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