Tools of the trade :: Les outils du métier

The point of marriage is not to create a quick commonality by tearing down all boundaries; on the contrary, a good marriage is one in which each partner appoints the other to be the guardian of his solitude, and thus they show each other the greatest possible trust. A merging of two people is an impossibility, and where it seems to exist, it is a hemming-in, a mutual consent that robs one party or both parties of their fullest freedom and development. But once the realization is accepted that even between the closest people infinite distances exist, a marvelous living side-by-side can grow up for them, if they succeed in loving the expanse between them, which gives them the possibility of always seeing each other as a whole and before an immense sky.
Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet

My husband has many tools galore, some of which I cannot fathom what they are used for and some others that are beautiful, and others quite scary with their projected strength. I myself do not have many tools… a paintbrush, a fountain pen and a computer mouse do the job pretty well… — As I am writing these pages, I have just realized that I have forgotten the most useful tool of all and my constant companions, which are books, along with Google. In my house I do not have one big section of bookshelves but I have many nooks and crannies where I store my books by category. I have a watercolour/Masters/watercolour techniques category that lie about in the same nook. I have a history/genealogy nook. I have a plants/ornithology/gardening/trees nook. I have an old books nook. Then I have a one huge bookshelf with graphic arts books. Another huge bookshelf with the books that I have already read laid out in alphabetical order, then another section in my bedroom of books that I have not read yet laid out in alphabetical order too… and many more, I dare say. So it is surprising that I forgot to include a book cover or pages within a book in this painting. I guess that it will be a for a next time. All in all, this makes up for many books in my house, and visitors do not really realize how many there are  -)

Voici les outils que j’utilise bien proche à tous les jours pendant l’année. Un pinceau pour les aquarelles, une plume fontaine et une souris d’ordinateur. Ce qui me surprend est le fait que j’ai totalement oublié de peindre deux autres outils que j’utilise beaucoup qui sont: les livres et Google. Dans ma maison je n’ai pas une immense bibliothèque avec tous les livres que je possède car je n’ai jamais vu l’utilité. Je préfère de beaucoup d’avoir des sections de ma maison dédiées à certains thèmes. Dans un coin du salon j’ai la catégorie aquarelles/maîtres/techniques de peintures. Dans un autre coin, histoire/généalogie… un autre coin géographie. Un autre coin reçoit les livres sous le thème des fleurs/oiseaux/nature/roches/arbres/oiseaux, etc. Dans ma chambre à coucher tous les livres que je dois lire. Une section DVD/Blu-Ray, etc. Dans une grande bibliothèque les livres de graphisme et une autre section tous les livres que j’ai lus dans le passé… fiou — ça fait beaucoup de livres.

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Raw Sienna, Alizarin Crimson & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen
Ink: Noodler’s Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

20150316_outils

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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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