Plein air painting :: Peindre en plein-air

More often than not, I’ve found, a rut is the consequence of sticking to tried and tested methods that don’t take into account how you or the world has changed.
–Twyla Tharp

Today was a gloriously beautiful day and I decided that I would paint in plein-air! I did not know where, when or what but I knew that it would feel very good to be outside, as opposed to drawing inside from a photograph on the computer…. and I was right. I paint faster outdoors as the wind, sun and bees twirl about my head inciting me to move my hand and paint. There is a certain energy to painting outdoors as the vista is three dimensional and if I just bend my head a bit, I can see behind the branch… and if I sit up straighter, I can see above the shrub. When painting or drawing from a photograph, even if you move your head a bit, you cannot see behind the shrub. I veered the car in the direction of my beautiful college campus, Cégep John Abbott College, and painted part of the Casgrain building, which houses the student lounge, the Agora, a pool, the gymnasiums, the tennis, squash courts as well as a fast food court.

Aujourd’hui, c’était une belle journée et j’ai décidé que je voudrais peindre en plein-air! Je ne sais pas où, quand ou quoi, mais je savais que ce serait à l’extérieur, par opposition à peindre à l’intérieur un dessin d’une photo numérique… Je peins plus rapidement à l’extérieur car le vent, le soleil et les abeilles virevoltent autour de ma tête en m’incitant à bouger avec ces éléments. Il y a une certaine énergie à peindre en plein air car la vue est en trois dimensions et si je penche ma tête un peu, je peux voir derrière la branche … et si je m’assoie plus droite, je vais voir par-dessus l’arbuste. En peignant d’une photographie, même si vous bougez la tête un peu, vous ne pouvez pas voir derrière l’arbuste. J’ai viré la voiture dans la direction de mon beau campus, le Cégep John Abbott College, et peint une partie du bâtiment Casgrain, qui abrite le salon étudiant, l’Agora, une piscine, des gymnases, le tennis, le squash ainsi qu’une restauration rapide.

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 8″x8″
Colours: Aureolin, Burnt Sienna & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Vintage German Senator Fine
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Gray
Location: John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, 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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