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Sketching :: Drawing from Observation
I draw, I sketch, I paint.
I also teach graphic & web design, drawing & typography.
Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur
est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme.
A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
- :: Soft petal day :: “I must study politics and war so that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams, founder, 1735 A soft, warm and dry day in Rigaud today and as I have not dabbled in watercolours for quite a while, I painted one of my iris drawings after having totally ruined another drawing that I had just done of a beautiful Ostrya virginiana leave, trunk & flower… also commonly known as a Hophornbeam or Ironwood and Bois de fer in french in Québec. www.janehannah.com
Monthly Archives: September 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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