Monthly Archives: October 2013

Quirky Tree :: Deux arbres pour un

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

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Plateau Architecture :: Architecture du Plateau

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

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McGill Building :: Bâtisse

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

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The Sketch Hunter :: Le chasseur de sketch

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

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Little drawing after a big day :: Petit dessin après une grosse journée

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

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Little shed :: Petite shed

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

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The Art Spirit by/par Robert Henri

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

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Gouin West :: Gouin ouest

“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

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Thoughts on learning :: Pensées sur l’apprentissage

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

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Indian Sculpture :: Sculpture indienne

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

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The Bark :: Le tronc

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

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A place to paint the seasons :: Un endroit pour peindre les saisons

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

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Still Life :: Nature morte

I have an interesting story to tell you. Yesterday I went to my first watercolour class in Montreal and we were about 12 people there. A person that I had never met in my life came up to me and … Continue reading

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