Cloud Illusions :: Mystère des nuages

“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 how to paint them. So I tackled clouds today, as well as water and mountains… hum! Might as well tackle everything at the same time. One of the Québec artists whom I admire is Marc-Aurèle Fortin, first for his trees and also for his clouds. It was a lot of fun chasing after these clouds as I felt as I was delving in Fortin territory, which I am not used to. So here are my trials and tryouts.

Les paroles de Joni Mitchell reviennent à chaque fois que j’essaie de résoudre le mystère des nuages. Aujourd’hui j’ai ouvert un de mes livres sur Marc-Aurèle Fortin, un peintre québécois que j’aime beaucoup, surtout pour ses arbres majestueux et ses nuages. J’étais dans le territoire de Fortin, une façon de peindre qui m’est inconnue et qui était amusante à faire. 




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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