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

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About Jane Hannah

Canadian graphic artist, painter, sketcher, typographer, calligrapher and teacher at Cégep John Abbott College in Québec, Canada. Jane Hannah also has a website for her students at www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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