Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s Waterfront :: Le quai de Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

“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 few birds seen anywhere were moribund; they trembled violently and could not fly. It was a spring without voices. On the  mornings that had once throbbed with the dawn chorus of scores of bird voices there was now no sound; only silence lay over the fields and woods and marsh.”
— Rachel Carson, environmentalist, scientist and writer.

These words still ring true today and were written by Rachel Caron, a great environmentalist who was concerned about the ravages of DDT in 1959. I knew that I would paint this scene one of these days and I mustered up the courage to do it today, and I actually had fun figuring it out, drawing it and then painting it.

Ces mots ont été écrits par Rachel Carson, grande environnementaliste très concernée par les ravages du DDT en 1959. Je savais qu’une de ces bonnes journées j’étais pour peindre cette scène et j’ai eu du plaisir à la faire. J’ai travaillé humide sur humide pour le ciel et pour le reste humide sur un papier sec… je pense que j’aurais dû faire l’eau humide sur humide aussi… ça sera pour la prochaine fois.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Sketchbook
Colours: Hensa Medium, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber & Indanthrone
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: 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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4 Responses to Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s Waterfront :: Le quai de Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

  1. Jean-Pierre Riel says:

    J’aime beaucoup. En effet, les couleurs sont chatoyantes.


  2. Angmacleod says:

    Great job, great colours!


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