Hudson’s 150th Anniversary :: 150e anniversaire de Hudson

Creating on the spot has an adventure that my modest words will never explain. Ask an auto racer, a mountain climber. Something happens when all five senses are working and the sixth sense arrives. (Harley Brown)

As a member of the AHA Association Hudson Artists, I was invited to paint en plein-air on Main Road in Hudson today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this beautiful town. Well, our tent was setup right smack in front of the local IGA, so guess what? This is what I painted -) As you would guess, there was a man sitting on that bench for at least one hour, so I was sure that he would still be there once I got to it… and he disappeared! It was a really fun event, as there was an outstanding Blues guitarist right next to us, and my paintbrush picked up the beat as he was soothing my jitters with his beautiful voice. I do not remember his name, even though he repeated it at least 5 times… gosh! How our memory toys with us…

Étant membre des AHA Artistes Hudson Artists j’ai été invitée à peindre aujourd’hui en plein-air pour la célébration du 150e anniversaire de ce beau village. Eh bien, notre tente était juste en face du IGA local, donc c’est ceci que j’ai peint! Il y avait un homme qui était assis sur le banc pendant au moins une heure, et quand je suis arrivée pour dessiner le banc, il était disparu… les joies du plein-air ;) C’était une super belle journée, et il y avait un joueur de blues juste à côté de nous, donc mon pinceau peignait en accompagnant sa belle voix et sa guitare… et cette voix a soulagé mon appréhension à peindre en-avant de tout ce beau monde! Évidemment je ne me rappelle pas de son nom même si il l’a répété au moins 5 fois pendant ses trois prestations… que la mémoire nous joue des tours…

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Colours: Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gambodge, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Main Road, Hudson, Quebec, 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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2 Responses to Hudson’s 150th Anniversary :: 150e anniversaire de Hudson

  1. Linda Denis says:

    Hi, I had a email from the president of the Hudson Music Festival. Our blues guitarist is Pat Loiselle. Lucky us to have him entertaining us as we sketched. Next year we ask names and then enjoy the music.


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