First Snow :: Première neige

     Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
     My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
     He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
     The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
–Robert Frost

Woke up to a blanket of snow covering the lawn and it gave me joy! I would rather have snow than then dreary greyness of this past November. With this in mind I set out in my small car to drive around and pick a spot to paint and at the corner of Montée Lavigne and Main Road in Hudson I found this old shed that had everything that I wanted to paint. I chose music from J. S. Bach, St. Matthew’s Passion and put it really loud and got down to the task of painting. I felt like the snow outside, dancing around with my paintbrush -)

For mixing up the greens I decided to keep the Indigo Blue colour as a constant and change my yellows. Starting by the conifer on the left-hand side (and assuming that there are five conifers) the first tree was mixed with Cadmium Yellow, then the second one was mixed using Aureolin Yellow and then the three on the right were mixed with New Gambodge.

Je me suis réveillée en voyant un manteau blanc de neige recouvrant mon terrain et ça m’a donnée une joie profonde! Je préfère avoir de la neige que la grisaille morne du mois de novembre. Je suis partie dans ma petite voiture pour choisir un endroit qui me plairait peindre et au coin de la Montée Lavigne et de la rue Main à Hudson j’ai trouvé ce vieux hangar qui avait tout ce que je voulais. J’ai mis la musique de J. S. Bach, La Passion selon Saint-Matthieu et je me suis mise à la tâche. 

Pour mélanger les verts j’ai décidé de garder la couleur bleu indigo la constante et changer mes jaunes. En commençant par le conifère sur le côté gauche (et en supposant qu’il y a 5 conifères) a été mélangé avec le jaune de cadmium, puis le 2e a été mélangé à l’aide d’Aureolin jaune puis les trois autres ont été mélangés avec du New Gambodge. 

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, New Gambodge, Indigo Blue, Burnt Umber and Winsor Red
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada

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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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4 Responses to First Snow :: Première neige

  1. Angmacleod says:

    It’s sweet! Love the little red sign, it makes it festive!

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  2. heatherdubreuil says:

    I really like your last two sketches, Jane. I think you should consider putting them into the next AHA show, whether as framed or unframed work.

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    • Jane Hannah says:

      Hi Heather — why thank you Heather -) I am looking forward to that show as it will be my first ever, and will be truly exciting for me. I will see you on wednesday perhaps…

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