Ingredients :: Ingrédients

Art = a mad search for individualism.
— Paul Gauguin

This has to be one of my all-time favourite barns… and you know that I love old barns, and this one is special. The other day as I was passing in the vicinity, I missed it and thought that it had been torn down. So today, for my day off, I rushed back and was relieved to find it still standing there, proud and lonesome! It has the beautiful backdrop of Mount Calvaire in Oka, has pristine snow and is old… it has all of the ingredients that I need for a landscape painting. The dried grasses and hay in the forefront add depth to the painting… it permits the eye to travel towards the barn and the forest… so for me, it makes it interesting.

Cette grange est une de mes granges favorites! Elle a tout les ingrédients dont j’ai besoin pour peindre… elle a le Mont Calvaire à Oka tout en-arrière, une forêt, une grange, une neige immaculée, et tout en-avant, le foin et les herbes séchés qui permettent à l’oeil d’entrer dans la peinture et se rendre à la grange pour ensuite finir son chemin tout au haut du Mont Calvaire! Une de ces bonnes journées je vous raconterai l’histoire de ce mont. 

Paper: Travelogue Handbook Series
Colours: Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber, Alizarin Crimson & Indanthrone Blue
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Vaudreuil, 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 and a main blog at She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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6 Responses to Ingredients :: Ingrédients

  1. whimseytopia says:

    I agree with kackymuse. I never know what’s better; your watercolors or your prose. I can almost smell the snow.


  2. kackymuse says:

    I love the atmosphere you create in your paintings so very much. I am so glad you described the grasses. It made me look more closely at them. Such an atmospheric statement. Thank you.


  3. Angmacleod says:

    Sweet painting Jane!


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