Monthly Archives: September 2013

Study in Blue, part II :: Étude de bleus, partie II

I wanted to rectify my explanations that I gave on my last post on how I use and choose paint colours. As some of you seem to have understood, I do not paint the entire surface with a blue wash… … Continue reading

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Blue atmosphere :: Le bleu et l’atmosphère

Just before starting to paint, I think about the 3 colours that I will use and I always start with the blue… I find that this is “the”colour that determines alot of the atmosphere in a painting. Today, by choosing … Continue reading

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La maison des grands vents et du clair de lune

I just wanted to share with you a poem that one of our neighbours (who was a good friend of my parents) wrote for us when we had newly arrived at our house. It is in French, and for English … Continue reading

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Restating Exercise

I just wanted to mention that I have amazing students this year, for both of the courses that I teach in first and second year in our Publication Design & Hypermedia program. This is a three year program at CÉGEP … Continue reading

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For whom the bell tolls :: Pour qui sonne le glas

This is a beautifully maintained church where the parishioners of St-Louis-de-Gonzague seem very proud of. The bells of the church are still tolled by hand, like in the old times. No, I will not be talking about Ernest Hemingway’s book today. … Continue reading

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Things from the past :: Ces choses du passé

I would never have guessed that painting would have shown me what I truly love… I had not realized that I love old barns as much as I do. I think that in general I like old stuff as my … Continue reading

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What a day :: Quelle journée

After a full and frazzled day, I decided to soothe my soul and go to St-Louis-de-Gonzague with Pyper in tow (for those of you who do not know, he is my dog, a Golden Retriever). I love autumn as the … Continue reading

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Restaurant Casseau Blanc Restaurant

A pencil drawing at the Restaurant Casseau Blanc in Valleyfield. I do not know why, but I am not very attracted to pencil drawings… I guess that it is because I have never done much of these. So I am … Continue reading

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Old Silo :: Vieux silo à grains

This is in the beautiful, quaint village of St-Louis-de-Gonzague where my father was buried. There are still quite a few old farm silos and this is one of them… all entwined in vines. I am pretty happy with this painting … Continue reading

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St-Louis-de-Gonzague Procession

It felt good to see the water today and to see all of these boats before they are put on trailers for their winter hibernation. In Canada, the lakes freeze and we can take our cars, or our feet, to … Continue reading

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Autumn is just around the corner :: L’automne est presque arrivé

Autumn is just around the corner. The air is crisp and still, the birds are quiet and the days are saying goodbye much earlier… For this painting I chose Prussian Blue, which is an amazing blue, if you are painting … Continue reading

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Old scary shed for Halloween :: Vieille grange pour l’Halloween

This is a regular old shed looking scary… I must be feeling the Halloween spirit looming ;-) Autumn is upon us, and the grass is turning a dirty yellow — and the trees are turning a muddled green with tinges of … Continue reading

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Colours & my eyes :: Les yeux & couleurs

This past week was very intense at school and I spent most of my weekend preping and correcting students’ work. So I had very little time to even think about painting or sketching. So today I rushed out at 3:00 … Continue reading

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Contour Drawing :: Dessin contour

Today my students and I went outside on this sunny fall day to draw trees for my Typography & Design course. Trees are this week’s theme and I will be giving them a different theme to draw every week of … Continue reading

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Octanic Colours

I often have problems when mixing my colours and I think that Jeanne Dobie’s book “Making Color Sing” is actually helping me out. She has a colour theory for mixing colours, which is quite simple to understand once you get … Continue reading

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