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 through the first stages of painting, a face appears in my car window. The man smiled at me and seemed to be wondering what I was doing there, so right away I decided to show him what I was doing. Well! He could not contain himself as he wanted me to see his 40 oil paintings. So he says: “Let me show you my 40 paintings — hell! no one seems them”. He seemed so nice! I got out of the car that was parked in the road, left everything in it, did not even lock it or bring my car keys (what was I thinking?) and followed him. Luckily this was on a very secluded road and I guessed that my painting materials, and car, and purse, would still be there when I returned? We went into his house and he showed me his 40 paintings… some in the kitchen, living room, bedroom? and basement? Geez! What was I thinking!!! Well, turns out that he was a very nice and enthusiastic man that just wanted to share his job of painting. His wife appeared as I was leaving the house (wonder what she was thinking about me!) I really think that I am watching too many movies. When I retold the story to my husband he told me calmly: “Jane, you should not be going into strange man’s houses alone”. So guess what? When I got back into the car, the purse and all of the painting materials and the keys were still in the ignition -) I left with my unfinished painting…

So tonight I quickly drew people that are in James Richards’ excellent website James Richards. I love the way that he draws people.

Il y a une ferme à Rigaud que je voulais peindre depuis un bout de temps. Donc aujourd’hui j’ai stationné mon automobile dans la rue et je me suis mis à peindre… et soudainement je vois le visage d’un homme qui rentre sa tête dans la vitre ouverte. Je réalise qu’il se demande ce que je fais et je lui montre ma peinture. Eh bien! Il en revenait pas et voulait absolument que je vois ses 40 peintures à l’huile! Contre mon meilleur jugement je suis sortie de l’auto, en laissant mes clés, ma bourse, tous mes matériaux de peinture et mon auto — débarrée et toute prête à se faire voler! Qu’est-ce que je pensais??? Anyway, je l’ai suivi dans sa maison pour voir ses peintures dans la cuisine, le salon, la chambre à coucher? le sous-sol? Le portique? Qu’est-ce que je pensais, pouvez-vous me le dire? En sortant de la maison, sa femme arrivait et je me demande ce qu’elle pensait elle aussi? 

Donc quand je suis retournée dans mon auto, pas capable de peindre et je suis revenue à la maison les mains bredouilles. Ce soir j’ai dessiné des personnes et je me suis basée sur les excellents dessins de personnage de James Richards.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Ink: Noodlers #41 Brown & Black
Pen: TWISBI Mini EF Fountain Pen

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

  1. Ahhhh….Quebec. Like anywhere, Quebec has its problems but it’s so nice to live in a place where your ‘problem’ is becoming lulled into complacency because of how nice and honest people are here.

    Cheers — Larry

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    • Jane says:

      Yes you are right Larry — and it is worrisome that I become paranoid, and worry about this type of event… I shouldn’t. I have very good antennas, so I just have to use them and use my good sense and judgement. That’s it! That is what I will do from now on…

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  2. Lynn says:

    Tu es plus brave que moi Jane!

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    • Jane says:

      Ouin… peut-être que je suis brave ou désinvolte? J’ai voyagé en Europe pendant un an de temps seule, donc j’ai développé des antennes tout autour de la tête et elles sont là… et je me fie à elles. Mais il avait de l’air tellement enthousiaste. Mon chum et ma mère en revenaient pas que j’aie fait ça — LOL! Prochaine fois je vais simplement dire non… et partir le char et m’en aller -)

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