Mild Grey Day :: Journée grise & douce

As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth,
so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind.
To make a deep physical path,
we walk again and again.
To make a deep mental path,
we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
—  Henry David Thoreau

This post is for Linda… and I hope that you are enjoying the sun and the warmth of the southern climes. Despite all of the the grading and preparation for my classes that I must do I have managed to enjoy my day. Today everyone in my region seemed to be outdoors as we were hovering near the 0ºC and it felt wonderful, even if there was no sun — we have been living in -20ºC to -30ºC weather for the past month, and today’s temperature was a very sweet change. On grey days, it is hard to make things pop as there are hardly any shadows so I tried experimenting with some colours, and see how I could keep a subdued hue and keep the painting soft. These are the poultry farms on our campus which abuts the McDonald Campus, McGill’s agricultural campus.

En dépit de toutes les corrections et la préparation pour mes cours j’ai réussi à aimer ma journée. Aujourd’hui il semble que tout le monde dans ma région était dehors à prendre plaisir à saluer les températures clémentes… 0ºC pour nous semble bien chaud à comparer aux températures de -20ºC et -30ºC que nous avons eues pendant le dernier mois. Quand les journées sont grises comme aujourd’hui il n’y a pas d’ombres donc les peintures sont moins contrastées et peut-être plus atmosphériques et c’est ceci que j’ai essayé de créer. Voici les poulaillers du campus McDonald, la section agricole de l’université McGill.

Paper: Travelogue Handbook Series
Colours: Q. Gold, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, 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 Mild Grey Day :: Journée grise & douce

  1. A lovely painting and quote. Thanks for sharing both!

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  2. Anonymous says:

    La lumière est bien rendue et la perspective est parfaite. Donc ce dessin est une belle réussite!
    Je me vois stationné sur le bord de la route observant ce beau paysage champêtre.

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