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 the Book of Days —  a trivial pursuit kind of book. It covers calendar events, weather, phenomena associated with weather, folklore and anecdotes. This book is very interesting to read and you can find references to it right here. After a long day of prepping my classes, I just had the time to grab our fruit basket and paint them. I think that I will have to renew this exercise sometime soon, as I was quite rusty with the still life… especially in the shadow areas.

Après une longue journée de préparation pour mes classes, j’ai peint ces fruits qui traînent sur la table. Je crois que je vais devoir refaire cet exercice bientôt car je me sentais bien rouillée… surtout pour les ombres.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey


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 in. I will create a painting, mail it to someone in Italy whom I have never met as their name has been paired with mine… and they will do the same thing for me. So for February 8, we will be mailing ourselves our paintings… I find the concept to be quite cool as this means that I will be receiving someone else’s sketch/painting. Quite cool as this will be like a present -)

Je suis impliquée dans un concept qui est pas mal intéressant au sein des Urban Sketchers. Mon nom a été jumelé avec quelqu’un que je ne connais pas du tout, qui vit en Italie, et je créer une peinture et lui envoyer par la poste pour le 8 février… et lui va faire la même chose! Donc je vais recevoir la peinture de quelqu’un, qui va être assez cool — comme un cadeau -)

Paper: Handbook Sketchbook
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Orange, Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, Alizarin Crimson and Winsor Red
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey