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 create a void where the teachers’  input has a place to go to? Is it because I need to tame it? Or give it a place for experimentation? I do know that if I hold on to my “own voice” too much, I will get nothing out of this class nor of this teacher… so I have to let go, and let it happen… even though I cannot paint anything worthwhile at the moment… humph!

Ceci est une peinture que j’ai réalisée il y a très peu de temps. À chaque fois que je prends des cours ou un atelier de peinture, ma voix créative disparaît… serait-ce qu’elle veut laisser la place à la nouvelle façon du prof afin de l’apprivoiser? De laisser la place à l’expérimentation? Je sais que si j’y tiens mordicus, je n’apprendrai rien!. Par contre, je sais que je dois être patiente, car ces temps-ci, je n’en ai pas en abondance -)

Paper: Larolan Sketchbook
Pen: Pilot Flexi Grip EF
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey



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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4 Responses to Thoughts on learning :: Pensées sur l’apprentissage

  1. Vos tableaux me ravissent. Je tiens donc à vous remercier de votre générosité.


    • Jane says:

      Merci Micheline — j’essaie simplement d’expliquer le trajet que je parcours en apprenant à peindre en aquarelles — ça me fait bien plaisir que vous aimez! Merci!


  2. stacey says:

    thank for taking the time to post these wonderful drawings of yours. i look forward to finding them in my inbox.


    • Jane says:

      Wow! That is very nice to hear Stacey — I try posting about 3 per week and hope that one of these days, when I have more time, be able to post one a day. I think that it is wishful thinking though — LOL -)


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