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 I have drawn/ painted this tree for them tonight. The quote by Keith Richards really rings true to me as I see painting in that way… the real art of painting is learning to seeing!!! I used for this painting the Moleskine Sketchbook that my students will be using and as this paper has a glaze on it, you actually have to scrub the watercolours into the paper, which gives a very grungy look. There is a scottish artist that often paints in this sketchbook. His name is Wil Freeborn and here is his website — LINK –.

Demain mes élèves et moi vont dessiner les arbres majestueux du Cégep John Abbott. La citation de Keith Richards résonne en moi car je vois la peinture un peu de la même manière… Le vrai art de la peinture est apprendre à voir!!! Il y a un artiste écossais et le nom est Wil Freeborn qui peint souvent dans ces carnets d’aquarelle. LIEN.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook 5.5″ x 8.5″
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Colours: French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna & Raw Sienna
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada.


3 thoughts on “Tree for my students :: Cet arbre pour mes élèves

  1. Hello Whimsey -)
    Wow! What nice comments that you have. I am really happy that you liked Wil’s site, as it is quite wonderful. I am also happy that at least “one” person has read my book section… I was hoping to help out someone, on one of these days — so I am very glad that I have -) Above all, I must thank YOU for sharing my site with your friends and deeply grateful. And I am just happy to help. Thank you for reading and commenting -)


  2. I see this nice big box now, but in my previous comment above, it was through a small, lower-case “comment” somewhere closer to the post. It is a mystery why different engines show different icons.


  3. One of your posts from months back was a remark from you that you do not receive a lot of comments. Each time I want to comment, I need to find the “comment” button. Perhaps if you made it larger, or put up a special button. I can’t imagine anyone who visits would not want to remark about your lovely paintings.

    Wil’s peony in black gave me ideas. Thanks for sharing his site.

    I have read entirely your suggestion in your “Books” section the enormously helpful “The Simple Secret to Better Painting.” All of this made so much sense. I was blown away by the simplicity of his philosophy, and he is right on the mark. I will be working on drawing people and find myself using quadrants to view other’s paintings.

    And I am recommending your site to my friends on the Internet. Yours, and the mother load of watercolor sites ( are the best I have found. I have learned more from the two of you than from any and collectively all my previous classes. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your students are so lucky. Patsye


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