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 we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.” 
― Hermann Hesse, Bäume. Betrachtungen und Gedichte

Yesterday I drew with a fountain pen one of Peter Doig’s paintings named Red Boat (Imaginary Boys). This painting has been labelled under the “Magic realism” genre which made me smile and was completed in 2004. What I learned while trying to emulate his painting is this… he uses strong vertical lines for his forest as well as for the sea, which was quite surprising and has given me a new way to paint… so thank you Peter Doig!

Hier j’ai tenté de dessiner une peinture de Peter Doig nommée Red Boat (Imaginary Boys). Cette peinture est catégorisée sous le genre du “réalisme magique” qui me fait bien sourire et a été complétée en 2004. Ce que j’ai appris en essayant de l’imiter est qu’il utilise des lignes verticales fortes pour sa forêt et aussi pour la mer! qui est assez surprenant. Donc il m’a ouvert les yeux à une nouvelle façon de peindre, donc merci Peter Doig!

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Gray
Colours: French Ultramarine, Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna and Alizarin Crimson

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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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