Monthly Archives: February 2014

The majestic tree :: Arbre majestueux

I am the voice of wind and wave and tree, Of stern desires and blind, Of strength to be… — Charles G. D. Roberts “Autochthon” Trees have longer lives than ours and were here before man. How strange to me … Continue reading

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Peter Doig II

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as … Continue reading

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Peter Doig

I am always interested in what we miss when we try to focus on what we see. For example, when you take a photo you will always feel a bit disappointed after the exposure, because it’s never representing what you … Continue reading

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Destiny :: Destinée

“Each man had only one genuine vocation – to find the way to himself…. His task was to discover his own destiny – not an arbitrary one – and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else … Continue reading

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Arthur Rackham

“Like the sundial, my paint box counts no hours but sunny ones.”  ― Arthur Rackham While I was drawing a section of my kitchen this morning, I started thinking about drawing with a fine ink pen and my mind automatically drifted … Continue reading

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:: Sketch Swap ::

“The seasonal urge is strong in poets. Milton wrote chiefly in winter. Keats looked for spring to wake him up (as it did in the miraculous months of April and May, 1819). Burns chose autumn. Longfellow liked the month of … Continue reading

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In Love with… :: En amour avec…

I have been waiting for today’s weather for quite awhile now… sunny and crisp, with beautiful long shadows and fresh snow. This has to be my favourite spot to paint in the Rigaud area as it has everything that I … Continue reading

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Reverse order :: Ordre inversé

While I was drawing a typical house architecture in the region of Valleyfield today, I started thinking about certain differences that I encounter when drawing versus watercolour painting. When I first start looking at a subject, in this case the … Continue reading

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Negative Shapes :: Espaces négatifs

For this drawing I tried finding the negatives shapes by defining them with hatching and cross-hatching lines. I retraced at the end some of the forms and this is when I realized that I should not have… and as many … Continue reading

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Feathers :: Plumes

Drawing in a Moleskine Sketchbook with a good quality fountain pen is heaven for me. As the sketchbook has a glaze finish on the pages, the ink flows smoothly without scratching. It reminds me of my young days as a … Continue reading

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Le Mur de Rigaud :: The Wall of Rigaud

Through straits to heights — Hannah Clan Motto I like finding places where I can repaint them through the seasons… and Le Mur or The Wall on Bourget Road in Rigaud is one of them. Le Mur is a very steep … Continue reading

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Montreal Urban Sketchers Video :: Vidéo des Urban Sketchers de Montréal

If you are interested in learning a bit more about the Montreal Urban Sketchers and the reasoning behind our outings, this is very a helpful video that was created by La Presse while we were sketching at the Redpath Museum … Continue reading

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Still Life :: Nature morte

If Candlemass day be dry and fair,  The half o’ winter’s to come and mair;  If Candlemass day be wet and foul,  The half o’ winter’s gave at Yule.’ — Chambers’ Book of Days In 1869 Chambers a Scotsman, wrote … Continue reading

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USK Sketch Swap Partners :: Jumelage partenaires USK

“The first object of the painter is to make a flat plane appear as a body in relief and projecting from that plane.” — Leonardo Da Vinci There is a very interesting urban sketchers sketch swap that I am involved … Continue reading

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