Aragula :: Roquette

I have trouble “beginning” to paint. Once I begin, it’s effortless to keep going.
— Robert Henri

Robert Henri’s quote rings true to me as I do have trouble to start painting… but once I start, I can’t stop! Are you like that too? A small exercise in testing out some colours for greens and shadows. So! How do we determine the colour of the shadows? Up to now, what I have learnt is this. You take the colour of the object, put it a bit darker and add some of its complementary colour. So for this exercise, I added some blue to my green to darken it and then added some red.

La citation de Robert Henri sonne très vraie pour moi… mais une fois que je commence, j’ai de la misère à arrêter! Êtes-vous comme moi? Un petit exercice pour tester différents tons de verts ainsi que ses ombres. Donc, comment fait-on pour déterminer la couleur de l’ombre? J’ai pris le vert et j’ai ajouté du bleu pour le foncer et aussi du rouge (son complémentaire). 

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series, grand portrait size
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Alizarin Crimson & Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada



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 and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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