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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: December 2013
Tonight for the New Year, or Saint Sylvester, there will be many festivities, family reunions and friends feasting together… I will be one of those. I am lucky to have a few good friends, a wonderful family and a loving … Continue reading
All knowledge cannot be expressed in words, yet our education is based almost exclusively on its written or spoken forms. But the artist, dancer, and mystic have learned to develop the nonverbal portion of intelligence. ― Robert Ornstein, american psychologist I … Continue reading
“An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished.” ― John Singer Sargent We have had so many parties, family encounters and friend requests, … Continue reading
Contour Drawing: Sit close to the model or object and lean forward in your chair. Focus your eyes on some point along the contour of the model. Place the point of your pencil on the paper. Imagine that your pencil … Continue reading
“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.” ― Hermann Hesse After our -25ºC temperatures, we received flurries, freezing rain, freezing pellets and a very slippery … Continue reading
“Every reader, as he reads, is actually the reader of himself. The writer’s work is only a kind of optical instrument he provides the reader so he can discern what he might never have seen in himself without this book. … Continue reading
We had our first snow “storm?” last night and woke up to 12 inches of snow… my husband actually measured it this morning -) So this afternoon, at about 3:00 pm, I decided to paint one of the scenes that … Continue reading
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will … Continue reading
Here is the St. James Cemetery in Hudson that I painted yesterday… but only had time to scan in today. Winter is upon us and we had 10 cm of snow today, which felt really nice and my road is … Continue reading
I love drawing and during my class with Marc, he told us many times that if our drawing is not good, the painting will not improve it! So a painting needs good bones — or should I say a good … Continue reading
I asked my Mom the other day which of my paintings that she preferred and she told me Memoirs of Hadrian. As I had painted it in a small sketchbook, I had to paint it again… and again… and again, … Continue reading
I have painted this lighthouse twice now because I love it… I love the calmness of Kamouraska with the St. Lawrence Estuary as the background. I painted it using Marc Taro Holmes‘ technique of 3 watercolour passes of tea, milk … Continue reading