Monthly Archives: August 2013

Old House :: Vieille maison

This is a very old house in Rigaud. I went with my dog today to paint and I opened up the hatchback and I sat there… Pyper went and fuddled in the grass, sniffing and looking at every grass blade … Continue reading

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Bourget College Barn :: Grange du Collège Bourget

This morning as I got up, my husband informed me that I would be painting instead of cleaning the house — wow! Such a good husband that I have. So I trotted happily off to an unknown destination… was I … Continue reading

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Joni Mitchell

“Oh I am a lonely painter I live in a box of paints I’m frightened by the devil And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid Joni Mitchell’s lyrics A Case of You have been with me since my … Continue reading

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School preparation :: En préparation des classes

You know that I have been very busy when I start drawing or painting things around the house… as today. Last week we had our first Welcome Back Breakfast of the semester and none of the speeches, meetings, dialogues inspired me to … Continue reading

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THAT is service :: Ça c’est du service

I wanted to talk about a small fine arts store in Westmount in Montreal named Avenue des Arts on Victoria Street. Nowadays, many of the old stores have closed their doors because of competition from the mega stores, like Michaels, … Continue reading

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Farm on Route 201 :: Ferme sur route 201

Coming back from my mothers today I decided to sketch this farm… the colour of the sky was fantastic and quite rare — just like in California — with no clouds. The air and views were crisp as the humidity … Continue reading

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Sky :: Ciel

I had just a tiny timeframe today to paint… so when I arrived at this scene, I decided to paint the skies as I need practice with them… but kept on painting and could not stop. To paint this sky … Continue reading

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What was I thinking? :: Qu’est-ce que je pensais?

The other day I  passed in front of a farmhouse that I found beautiful and today was the day that I was going to paint it… well! It seems as though that was not to be. As I was halfway … Continue reading

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Looking for a place :: À la recherche d’un endroit

I have been looking for a landscape that would be nice to paint during all of our different seasons in Québec. Autumn, winter, spring and summer and I think that I have found a spot. The spot needed to be … Continue reading

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Chemin St-Thomas

Every time that I bring my dog to the “daycare” I pass in front of these grain silos… and every time I tell myself that I should paint these… so after cleaning the house this morning, I picked up the … Continue reading

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Location Sketching vs Photographs :: Peindre sur les lieux vs photos

At the workshop this weekend, I had the time to draw in this scene, but did not have the time to paint it. So I waited until tonight, took out a picture that I had taken, and painted Place Jacques-Cartier … Continue reading

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St. Louis Square :: Carré St-Louis

This was our last workshop day and we painted in St. Louis Square. Many poets, actors and writers live here and  real estate prices here are quite steep. It was a grey day so I painted with Payne’s Grey… usually … Continue reading

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Bonsecour Market :: Marché Bonsecour

For the Urban Sketchers workshop today we first drew in Place Jacques-Cartier and then moved on in front of the Marché Bonsecour. This building was built in 1860, was used as the main public market in those years, then housed … Continue reading

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Urban Sketchers Workshop in Old Montreal

This morning we regrouped 30 urban sketchers coming from the USA, British Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. We started in Old Montreal and then moved onwards to the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, which has such a beautiful name and … Continue reading

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