Monthly Archives: December 2013

New Year’s Eve :: Veille du Jour de l’an

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

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Knowledge & words & lines :: Le savoir & les mots & les lignes

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

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Dominical painting :: Peinture dominicale

“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

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Happy Holidays :: Joyeuses Fêtes

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

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Winter solstice :: Solstice d’hiver

“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

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Baby it’s cold outside :: Sapristi, y fait frette dehors

“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

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First snow :: Première neige

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

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Painting as music :: Peindre comme la musique

“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

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In the hope of painting :: Dans l’espoir de peindre

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

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Drawing for painting :: Dessiner pour peindre

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

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Four Barns :: Quatre granges

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

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Kamouraska Lighthouse :: Le phare de Kamouraska

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

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21 days :: 21 jours

Today is the first day of December and my hopes of seeing the days grow longer are getting closer… the winter solstice, or Midwinter, is on December 21! For those of you who do not live in the northern hemisphere, … Continue reading

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