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Sketching :: Drawing from Observation
I draw, I sketch, I paint.
I also teach graphic & web design, drawing & typography.
Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur
est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme.
A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
- :: Soft petal day :: “I must study politics and war so that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams, founder, 1735 A soft, warm and dry day in Rigaud today and as I have not dabbled in watercolours for quite a while, I painted one of my iris drawings after having totally ruined another drawing that I had just done of a beautiful Ostrya virginiana leave, trunk & flower… also commonly known as a Hophornbeam or Ironwood and Bois de fer in french in Québec. www.janehannah.com
Monthly Archives: October 2013
In the parking lot of JAC today a quick drawing of a beautiful oak tree and just behind it, some pine tree limbs showing through at odd angles. Aujourd’hui, dans le stationnement, un croquis rapide d’un immense chêne et d’un … Continue reading
Today was quite a cold day, close to freezing and they had forecast rain, but we were lucky. About 20 urban and courageous sketchers gathered in the Mount Royal Metro today to start off the day. Everyone seemed to be … Continue reading
I always try parking in the same area at my job… and it is not always fruitful. So this is the view when I park in my favourite spot on the John Abbott Campus… I have a view of one … Continue reading
THE SKETCH HUNTER has delightful days of drifting about among people, in and out of the city, going anywhere, everywhere, stopping as long as he likes — no need to reach any point, moving in any direction following the call … Continue reading
A little drawing after a very long day. I wanted to mention that Marc’s class last week was very good. He timed and made us paint two paintings at the same time. We drew for 20 minutes, then applied the … Continue reading
I have been yearning to get out to paint the fall foliage and I went back to one of my favourite spots… chemin Harwood where you can see the majestic Calvaire Mountain. As you most probably know, I love old … Continue reading
There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. … Continue reading
“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw As I was in Pierrefonds yesterday morning, I decided to paint this pack of small houses. I used … Continue reading
A guilty conscience needs to confess. A work of art is a confession. Albert Camus When I subscribe to a workshop or a watercolour class, it seems as though my creative voice disappears. Is it because I am trying to … Continue reading
Yesterday was my second watercolour class with a great teacher, Marc, and here is his BLOG if you would like to know a bit about him. This course takes place at SynStudio on St. Catherine street in Montreal, Québec, Canada. … Continue reading
I have been exploring with my students the power of the line… the “crosshatched” line, the “straight” line, the “wavy” line, the “contour” line, the “shadow/highlight” line, the “look/hold/draw” type of lines, the working “blind” lines, the “restating” line… ooh … Continue reading
A few months ago I found a place that lent itself well for painting the different seasons that we have here in Québec, Canada. So here is my mountain, where I live, and which is very inspiring in many ways … Continue reading