Monthly Archives: September 2014

Majestic Oaks :: Chênes majestueux

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.  — Henry David Thoreau At my work there are many great oak trees and they are … Continue reading

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:: No man is an island ::

No man is an island, Entire of itself, Every man is a piece of the continent, A part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. As well as if a promontory … Continue reading

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Comic Book Pen & Manga Ink :: Plume bédé et encre manga

My father pointed to the moon and asked me what color it was. I couldn’t tell. So he told me to look at the horizon and then glance back quickly at the moon. Then I saw it: it was pale … Continue reading

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Hope :: Espoir

Courage is being scared to death–but saddling up anyway. (John Wayne) It was a warm, rainy day and the geese were flying over the moraine in Rigaud. I have to admit that some days it takes courage to post some of my … Continue reading

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Autumn Equinox :: Équinoxe d’automne

Think pattern first, then drawing, then color. The character of your painting is resolved in the pattern scheme. (Edgar A. Whitney) There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the … Continue reading

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:: Emily ::

Drawing is the ‘bones’ of art. You have to be able to walk before you can run. (Dion Archibald) Today I drew one of my students named Emily with the “Look–Hold–Draw” method. This method is a slow way of drawing … Continue reading

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Take 1 & 2 :: Prises 1 & 2

Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands. Then you can think of the thing before you. (Sherwood Anderson) My jittery … Continue reading

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Hake, Flat & Rigger

What they call talent is nothing but the capacity for doing continuous work in the right way. (Winslow Homer) I painted today with three brushes. A japanese 1″ hake brush to put in the sky wash, then a 1″ flat … Continue reading

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Quintus :: Fifth :: Cinquième

We seem to gain wisdom more readily through our failures than through our successes. We always think of failure as the antithesis of success, but it isn’t. Success often lies just the other side of failure. (Leo Buscaglia) After four … Continue reading

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Solitary Reflections :: Reflets solitaires

The more emotionally involved you are with your painting, the more successful you will be. — Ron Ranson This painting was done without any ink lines, with a mop brush and a very stiff bristle brush on the back of … Continue reading

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Tree for my students :: Cet arbre pour mes élèves

You see, to me, the art of music is listening to it, not playing it. The real art of it is hearing it. — Keith Richards Tomorrow with  my first year students we are going outside to draw trees so … Continue reading

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Brushes :: Pinceaux

ca. AD 400…Now that I am old and infirm I fear I shall no more be able to roam among the beautiful mountains… I can only paint my pictures and spread my colour over the cloud-topped mountain to transmit for … Continue reading

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