Point of view :: Point de vue

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 and it helps to shift one’s view in order to catch another vista or totally change one’s perspective. I have painted this house before, but now I chose the back and sideways view instead, with much better results. Is it not interesting that more often than not, the back of a building is more interesting that its’ front? This view is helped by the rain barrel that leads the eye into the painting, then travels between the two buildings. This creates the illusion of multiple layers with the one in front being the barrel, the path between the buildings is the second one and then the back forest.

Lors de la peinture, parfois le point de vue ne fonctionne pas et il est nécessaire de changer son point de vue dans le but de prendre un meilleur sujet. J’ai déjà peint cette maison, et  j’ai choisi l’arrière-côté de la maison avec de bien meilleurs résultats. N’est-il pas intéressant de constater que le plus souvent, l’arrière d’un bâtiment est plus intéressant que sa devanture? Le baril aide l’oeil à entrer dans la peinture et guide l’oeil à se diriger entre les deux maisons créant trois différents niveaux… le devant, le sentier et la forêt…

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 12″x 9″
Colours: Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson and French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Sailor Desk EF
Ink: Carbon Black
Location: Rigaud, 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 www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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10 Responses to Point of view :: Point de vue

  1. I agree Jane. Round the back is often so much more interesting. This looks great!


    • Jane Hannah says:

      Hi Shari — thank you for commenting! I have painted this house very often, and until I switched the view, I was not really getting it. Now finally it worked — yeah!


  2. Sylvain Robitaille says:

    Very interesting, I does have remarkable depth and atmosphere.


  3. mmolinah says:

    Hi Hanna! Exellent picture and tecnical comment about point of view that help me to lern a little mor. Thanks to share and best regards.


  4. Anonymous says:

    D’une constance et d’une beauté très riche. Que dire de plus sinon Bravo.


  5. whimseytopia says:

    OMG you are so good at this. The colors just pop. And I just figured out your signature. Another win.


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