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 easy to park and had to be safe, have good views of the land and the skies and had something that added drama… there are grain silos, farms, a dog kennel, horses, cows, crows, foxes and birds and a total absence of cars plus the beautiful view of the mountain! Let me introduce you to the Chemin St-Thomas in Rigaud, my hometown. This is where I painted yesterday facing west and today I went back and faced east… looking at the Mountain of Rigaud. From this vantage point, the mountain is in sharp contrast to the surrounding area which is flat and filled with wild flowers, hay and grass. Hope you like it. On top of the mountain there is a lookout spot that is quite incredible… you can see the Laurentian Mountains, the Outaouais River, Lake of Two Mountains, Montreal, Laval and the Eastern portion of Ontario.

Ça fait un bout de temps que je cherche un endroit pour peindre l’hiver, le printemps, l’été et l’automne qui est sécuritaire, qui n’a pas beaucoup de traffic, et qui est beau. Je crois que j’ai trouvé l’endroit… dans mon patelin à Rigaud. Hier j’ai peint la vue en regardant vers l’ouest et aujourd’hui j’ai peint en regardant vers l’est. Cet endroit a tout ce que j’ai de besoin et n’est pas très loin de chez moi (un autre critère évidemment). Il y a la belle montagne de Rigaud, majestueuse de ce point de vue, et le terrain qui l’entoure avec ses silos de grains, fermes, chevaux, vaches, poules, chats, chiens & oiseaux. En plus, le terrain est très plat en-avant de la montagne donc la vue me permet de bien voir le ciel et la terre… un endroit parfait! En haut de la montagne, il y un point de vue qui est incroyable… on peut voir les Laurentides, Laval, la portion Est de la province de l’Ontario, Montréal et la rivière des Outaouais et le Lac des Deux-Montagnes. Magnifique! J’espère que vous allez aimer… je vais peindre à cet endroit les changements de saisons.

Colours: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue and Alizarin Crimson
Paper:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co. #8
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Pen: Pilot Flexi Grip EF

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

  1. One of my favorites Jane. That wall of mountain offsets those silos so well. Great unity of colour, nice composition. This has it all.

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    • Jane says:

      Hi Shari — I totally agree with you! It is a really nice place to paint and it is quiet and on top of that, one of my friends lives there… so if ever I need the loo, well -) If you would like, you could come and paint with me there this autumn. We could invite Marc too…

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