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Sketching :: Drawing from Observation
I draw, I sketch, I paint.
I also teach graphic & web design, drawing & typography.
Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur
est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme.
A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
- :: Soft petal day :: “I must study politics and war so that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” — John Adams, founder, 1735 A soft, warm and dry day in Rigaud today and as I have not dabbled in watercolours for quite a while, I painted one of my iris drawings after having totally ruined another drawing that I had just done of a beautiful Ostrya virginiana leave, trunk & flower… also commonly known as a Hophornbeam or Ironwood and Bois de fer in french in Québec. www.janehannah.com
Monthly Archives: April 2015
You start painting the moment you look at the subject, not with the first brushstroke. — Josef Zbukvik Zbukvik’s quote is so true. How many times do I catch myself looking and longing to paint it? And at the very same … Continue reading
“Nourish yourself with grand and austere ideas of beauty that feed the soul… Seek solitude.” — Eugène Delacroix, 1798-1863 When I decide to draw or paint I first think of my subject and then the paper. As tonight I actually … Continue reading
Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigation … Continue reading
Spring is a natural resurrection, an experience in immortality. — Henri David Thoreau I started watercolour painting about 2 years ago and throughout the different workshops & courses that I attended artists often referred to hard & soft edges and I was never … Continue reading
The robins sing with a will now. What a burst of melody! It gurgles out of all conduits now; they are choked with it. There is such a tide and rush of song as when a river is straightened between … Continue reading
For the past year and a half, many people have mentioned to me that they could not comment on this blog. I fixed it tonight — youppi! It took so much time to find what was the culprit, and it … Continue reading
Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses. — Rembrandt You know that you are influenced by the winter temperatures when you start painting what you would like the weather to be instead of … Continue reading
It is also good to love: because love is difficult. For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof. … Continue reading