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 Cerulean Blue, I knew that my painting would look very soft and pastel-like.. and that is what I wanted. However, I also knew that I would not have very deep darks, but that comes with the choice. You will tell me: “Heck Jane, why don’t you just add another blue to the combo?”. For many reasons as it seems to go against my design knowledge. In design, you usually need three main colours. If you use more, it often turns out “kitsch” and that is fine, if that is what you want. So I tend to stick to my guns, and only use 3 primary colours. One of these days, I want to try 3 secondary colours… that would be kind of cool too! This is the Veteran’s Hospital in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada.

Quand je commence à peindre, je choisis toujours le bleu pour la première couleur car c’est cette couleur qui détermine le plus l’atmosphère de la peinture… elle a beaucoup d’influence -) Donc aujourd’hui en choisissant le Bleu céruléen, je savais que ma peinture serait douce et comme des pastels. Voici l’Hôpital des vétérans, à Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, Québec, Canada.

Paper: Larolan Sketchbook#10 – 5″ x 8″
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Pen: Pilon FlexiGrip EF
Colours: Cerulean Blue, Raw Sienna and Burnt Sienna



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 and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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