Monthly Archives: May 2014

Cleaning & Stuff :: Le nettoyage -)))

I wanted to offer you a Visual Commentary by Jeff Moores as this is exactly how I feel when I am about to paint. First I have to clean up the area, do the filing if it needs to be … Continue reading

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Plein-air Sketching Gear :: Setup pour le plein air

The sketch hunter moves through life as he finds it, not passing negligently the things he loves, but stopping to know them, and to note them down in the shorthand of his sketchbook.― Robert Henri Some of you have asked me … Continue reading

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Boy oh Boy

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso Boy oh Boy was finishing this painting difficult… I painted it three times, without much success. This got me thinking… why is it that this painting’s mystery could not … Continue reading

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Bois de Liesse

If you desire to draw, that you may represent something you care for, you will advance switfly and safely. If you desire to draw, that you make a beautiful drawing, you will never make one. — John Ruskin, Artist & … Continue reading

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Betula Alleghaniensis :: Yellow Birch :: Bouleau des Alléghanys :: Merisier

L’un des plus grands arbres de la forêt laurentienne, où il atteint son maximum de développement. Le bois, très pesant, à grain serré, est très employé des machines aratoires, dans l’ébénisterie et la carrosserie. L’odeur aromatique de l’écorce blessé est … Continue reading

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Pine King :: Le roi des pins

The master is the piece of paper, the watercolour you are working on at the moment, listen to it; watercolor is the boss. — Josef Zbukvik (further quotes by Josef are found at the bottom of this post) This is … Continue reading

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Solitary pine :: Pin solitaire

Anything can be painted! The secret is not the subject, but how you perceive the shapes, values and colours.  — Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie When I woke up this morning I was not satisfied with yesterday’s painting… so I … Continue reading

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Big Pine :: Gros pin

A while later, at Fontainebleau, he found himself “lying on the bank of a cart-road in the sand, with no prospect whatever but a small aspen tree against the blue sky.” He described how, “languidly, but not idly, I began … Continue reading

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Draw what is there :: Dessiner ce qui est là

… one day on the road to Norwood, I noticed a bit of ivy round a thorn stem, which seemed, even to my critical judgment, not ill ‘composed’; and proceeded to make a light and shade pencil study of it … Continue reading

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Mother :: Maman

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. — John Ruskin Guy and I went to the National Gallery of … Continue reading

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Abstract bird :: Oiseau abstrait

Today was a fun day as Linda and I signed up for a Mixed Media Acrylic workshop given by Diane St-Georges in Hudson with the AHAA group (Artistes Hudson Artists Association). We worked with image transfers, acrylics, and looking at … Continue reading

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Tonal values :: Niveaux de gris

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh. — John Singer Sargent As you will witness, I have difficulty drawing in graphite or with a lead pencil…. I do not know why, but what I do … Continue reading

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Old shed is gone… :: Vieille grange n’est plus…

Even though it was a rainy and foggy day today, I knew where I was heading when I jumped into my car with my painting materials. I was going to paint the old shed with the Calvaire mountain in the … Continue reading

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Numbered Memories :: Mémoires chiffrés

Créer, c’est vivre deux fois — Albert Camus Today is a memorable day for my husband and I. Thirty-two years of going out together, 30 years of living together and 16 years of marriage. Ten years of living in Rigaud, 323 painting posts, with an army of black flies … Continue reading

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