Fall time :: Temps d’automne

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”
R. Buckminster Fuller

Fall is a busy time for me as school is in full gear with new courses to teach, family birthdays & visits, a profoundly enjoyable friend meetup for supper last night, the fall season is imploring me to paint it and of course various sketching events. Today was no exception as it was the Montreal Urban Sketching day at the Atwater Market which I missed, the Hudson Artists Plein-Air painting event which I managed to squeeze in late afternoon and of course my goddaughther Marissa’s 17th birthday celebration. So here are two value sketches that I managed to quickly draw while we were under the tent answering questions and inviting people to sketch with us. Twas a packed and wonderful day!

L’automne est un temps très occupé pour moi car l’école est en pleine effervescence avec de nouveaux cours à enseigner, anniversaires de famille & visites, une soirée entourée d’amis pour un souper qui a été fort agréable, la saison d’automne m’implore de la peindre, et bien sûr divers événements en peinture. Aujourd’hui ne fait pas exception car c’était la journée où les Montreal Urban Sketching se rencontraient au Marché Atwater que j’ai dû manquer, l’événement en plein-air des Artistes Hudson Artists que j’ai réussi à joindre en fin de journée et bien sûr le 17e anniversaire de ma filleule Marissa. Voici deux esquisses de valeur que j’ai réussies à dessiner rapidement alors que nous étions sous la tente à répondre aux questions et inviter les gens à esquisser avec nous. Une journée bien remplie!

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Location: Community Centre in Hudson, Québec, Canada


:: Vertically Minded ::

Life will break you. No one can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel.  It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. 
— Louise Erdrick

Vertical formats are always fun to draw and sometimes the subject lends itself well to it. If you have long tree limbs, or a very long house or a sailboat that goes up and up are all enhanced by this format…. and sometimes just a big of leaves dangling from the top are ok too. This was painted with two of my friends the other day and I totally forgot to post it, so here it is.

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Location: Pointe-Claire Yacht Club


:: Rectify ::

Practice any art: music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
— Kurt Vonnegut

I am a subscriber to Danny Gregory’s blog posts and today he really touched me as he was experiencing with the sad state of his art form as he had been too busy with other “stuff” and I really related to what he was saying. If you want to read his post, here is the link. So he motivated me to take up the pen and just start drawing again even though we canned 100 lbs of tomatoes today and are quite pooped out… and happy with a job well done -) I sketched these faces as my husband and I are binge watching a Netflix TV series named Rectify… worth watching!



:: Hudson Yacht Club ::

— It’s a lang road that’s no goat a turnin.’ —(goat = got)
Translation: Don’t lose heart in dark times, things can’t keep going in the same direction forever. Thinking of my Dad today and of my Scottish heritage, a small saying pronounced in Scottish for this post. —

The only place where you are comfortable today in southern Quebec is near the water… so I drove down to my village’s closest neighbour, the town of Hudson, to have a view and worship its fine breezes on the wharf next to the Hudson Yacht Club, which is a gem of a place. There is a small free parking space, a nice wharf with big cement pillars, a few trees to provide shade and fantastic views. You may have noticed that my sailboats have lines going through them… well, when you are plein-air sketching, things that were not there, suddenly appear and that is part of the fun.  I thought that today looked like a Cobalt kind of day, so I used lots of it.

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 140 lbs
Colours: Hansa Medium, Raw Sienna, Burt Sienna, Cobalt Blue & Violet.
Location: Hudson Yacht Club on Wharf Road20150906_hudsonYacktClub