Monthly Archives: January 2014

Year of the Horse :: L’an du cheval

“If you love life you also love the past, because it is the present as it has survived in memory.”  — Marguerite Yourcenar One of my sketching friends asked me to paint a horse for the Chinese New Year that is … Continue reading

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Triceratop at Redpath Museum : Tricératop au Musée Redpath

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ― Marcel Proust Went to the Redpath Museum today with the Montreal Urban Sketchers group and we were very glad … Continue reading

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Hidden gem :: Bijou caché

There are things ye maybe canna tell me, he had said. I willna ask ye, or force ye. But when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. There is nothing between us but respect, and respect has … Continue reading

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Colour value thumbnails :: Vignettes de valeurs en couleurs

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” — Leonardo Da Vinci When I really want to succeed in a painting as opposed to just fuddling around and experimenting … Continue reading

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Commission

Commission: an order for something, especially a work of art, to be produced specially. I wanted to explain the steps that I go through when I receive a commission from a client. For this example I am working from a reference photograph. … Continue reading

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Shades of grey :: Nuances de gris

When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved … Continue reading

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Grungy golden :: Chien grungy

Do not draw until you have a “vision”, then hold to that trying to recapture it always. ― Edgar A. Whitney I have been revisiting Edgar Whitney’s book Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting and it is excellent — it goes through … Continue reading

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Vintage Opera Glasses :: Lunettes pour l’opéra

When I was very young my mother, who has a fabulous alto voice, would go to the opera in Montreal with my father. She would put on beautiful dresses and bring these wonderful opera glasses… all clad in mother of … Continue reading

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The new year & its promises :: La nouvelle année & ses promesses

Drawing is the language that enables men of the Ice Age, in the caves at Altamira in Spain and Lascaux in France, to speak to us, today, and to the men of the hundredth century, with perfect clarity. Drawing is … Continue reading

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