Serendipity :: Sérendipité

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 and miss the chalice freely offered, filled and overflowing.
— Cathy Johnson

     Serendipity: the occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: a fortunate stroke of serendipity | a series of small serendipities.
Since my last workshop, I am integrating the elements that I learned into my paintings. I am really looking at the negative spaces in the scene & I am keeping my brushes “very” wet. Add to this the fact that I just happened to look over my left shoulder, and really liked what I saw at Ferme Tourne-Sol…. a moment of serendipity. I was not looking for something to paint, it just presented itself to me. I really like the Indanthrone Blue that I have just bought as it is a bit darker than Cobalt Blue but it is still a really nice summer blue -)

     Depuis mon dernier atelier,  j’essaie de porter une attention particulière aux espaces négatifs ainsi que de vraiment mouiller mes pinceaux. Ajouter à cela que je me trouvais à regarder par-dessus mon épaule gauche, et j’ai beaucoup aimé ce que j’ai vu à la Ferme Tourne-Sol …. un moment de pur hasard — un moment de sérendipité! Je ne cherchais pas quelque chose à peindre, la scène s’est présentée à moi. J’aime beaucoup le bleu Indanthrone que je viens d’acheter car il est un peu plus sombre que le bleu cobalt, et il est encore un très joli bleu d’été -)

Paper: Stillman & Birn Sketchbook
Colours: Aureolin, Winsor Red, Burnt Sienna & Indanthrone
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Ferme Tourne-Sol, Les Cèdres, Québec, Canada

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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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3 Responses to Serendipity :: Sérendipité

  1. Hi Jane,
    I really like how you drew the flowers at the edge of the house but didn’t paint each one and just gave it an overall wash!
    Tracey

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