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Sketching :: Drawing from Observation
I draw, I sketch, I paint.
I also teach graphic & web design, drawing & typography.
Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur
est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme.
A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
- :: Soft petal day :: “I must study politics and war so that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams, founder, 1735 A soft, warm and dry day in Rigaud today and as I have not dabbled in watercolours for quite a while, I painted one of my iris drawings after having totally ruined another drawing that I had just done of a beautiful Ostrya virginiana leave, trunk & flower… also commonly known as a Hophornbeam or Ironwood and Bois de fer in french in Québec. www.janehannah.com
Monthly Archives: August 2014
A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. — Phyllis Diller For today’s painting I decided to plunge head first! I painted with hardly any pencil lines and especially with no ink lines. I love drawing and using fountain pens, … Continue reading
You don’t have to be Michelangelo to teach basic art, just as you don’t have to be Shakespeare to be able to teach the correct use of language. — Charles de Lint When painting, sometimes the view does not work … Continue reading
In the heart of the house lay a garden. In the heart of the garden stood a tree. In the heart of the tree lived an old man who wore the shape of a red-haired boy with crackernut eyes that seemed as bright as … Continue reading
Life is your art. An open, aware heart is your camera. A oneness with your world is your film. Your bright eyes, your easy smile is your museum. — Ansel Adams Dad, today is your birthday and you would have been … Continue reading
“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” — A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh Joni Mitchell’s lyrics come back to me every time that I try to solve cloud illusions, and … Continue reading
Let the painting tell you what it needs. — Charles Reid When my husband and I travel to an unknown country, we let the city guide us on our first day. It is with this habit that we realize that a … Continue reading
“There was once a town in the heart of America where all life seemed to live in harmony with its surroundings… Then a strange blight crept over the area and everything began to change… There was a strange stillness… The … Continue reading
At times there seems to be a million ideas worth painting. However, there are days when it’s a challenge to pull any idea together. On these days I go to my studio, leaf through an art history book, and tell … Continue reading
There is an art to wandering. If I have a destination, a plan – an objective – I’ve lost the ability to find serendipity. I am on a quest, not a ramble. I search for the Holy Grail of particularity … Continue reading
As children, we come into the world with a natural desire to both speak and draw. Society makes sure that we learn language properly, right from the beginning, but art is treated as a gift of innate genius, something we … Continue reading
This past week I have been musing on my inability to sit down, or even go out, and just paint! Gosh! — I was not motivated. I felt like a dead duck swimming in a world of watercolours… so I pushed … Continue reading