Expectations galore :: Attentes illimitées

“I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”
Marilyn Monroe

Sometimes you decide to draw or paint in a way that later on you wonder what you were thinking… and this is one instance. The painting is fine, however the vertical lines in the background seem to show that there is a fence… and fences do not exist around here -) I was in a creative moment as I am trying to “stop” visualizing beforehand what the finished painting should look like . I think that when we have images that form in our brains of what the painting should look like in the end, we are settting ourselves up for disappointment… as it never turns out the way that we had imagined. Most of the times, it is better than what we had imagined, but because it is different, we beat ourselves up as we have not met our expectations.

Parfois, en décidant de dessiner ou de peindre d’une façon qui, plus tard, vous étonne… la peinture peut-être très bien, mais les lignes verticales dans l’arrière-plan semblent montrer qu’il existe une clôture. Pour mes moments créatifs j’essaie de m’empêcher de visualiser à l’avance ce que la peinture devrait ressembler à la fin. Je pense que lorsque nous avons des images qui se forment dans nos cerveaux, la déception est souvent au rendez-vous…. 

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Sailor Desk Pen
Ink: Carbon Black
Location: Rigaud, 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 www.gimligraphics.com and a main blog at www.janehannah.com. She is also part of the Montreal Urban Sketchers.
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3 Responses to Expectations galore :: Attentes illimitées

  1. cmchin says:

    Il est vrai qu’il est nécessaire d’ “improviser”pendant le processus de peinture (“listen to what your watercolour says”), mais il faudrait aussi avoir le tableau déjà en tête, avant même de poser le crayon même, comme dit le grand Zbukvic, alias Z!


  2. I love the colours in the background. The soft shades contrast really nicely with the black lines of the trees.


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