:: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue ::

The very ink with which history is written is merely fluid prejudice.
— Mark Twain

Yesterday I spent the whole day painting in Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue which is a small town just next to my College, which is very practical for sketching and painting. So yesterday I picked a subject that has a strong historical facet in this small town, and started drawing… and drawing.. and drawing. And then suddenly, a thought popped into my head. Why don’t I draw small thumbnail sketches first? To try and figure out the complexity of the subject (as it is a complex one, trust me). So lo and behold, here they are. And from these 5 thumbnail sketches I chose one which is the second one from the top. Then my life got easier. I then decided to draw a bigger version to see if it still made sense (the only one on the right hand side), and even though I did not take the time to do the values, the composition to me looked good. I have a theme brewing in my head, and it is all in the same quaint village.

Hier j’ai peint toute la journée à Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, qui est un tout petit village au bord des écluses — qui fait le pont entre le Lac St-Louis et le Lac des Deux Montagnes — et où j’enseigne aussi, ce qui rend ces petites escapades de peinture bien pratiques car elles ne sont pas trop loin de mon travail ni de ma maison. Donc hier j’ai choisi un thème qui a une grande résonance historique et j’ai commencé à dessiner… et à dessiner…. et étant donné que le sujet est fort complexe, mon esprit s’est tout d’un coup arrêté et je me suis dit: “Sapristi! Pourquoi que je ne fais pas de petits croquis?” Et les voici, les voilà! Décomplexifiés et simplifiés. Fiou! J’ai ensuite choisi le deuxième du haut et je l’ai re dessiné un peu plus gros (le croquis tout à la droite). Je suis prête à commencer mon grand dessin. J’ai un thème qui me trotte dans la tête dans un beau petit village qui a plein d’histoire -)

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook (small)
Pencil: Lead
Location: Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue

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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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