:: A tree says… ::

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.
— Herman Hesse

Yesterday I did a very rough small sketch (5.5″x3.5″) of a possible future painting. So today I still had it in mind when I woke up and decided to paint it in a bigger format. I am happy with the result even though there is some bloom which I like (I know that some people do not)… it depends on its location. If it takes place organically, a tree or flower blooming, I am fine with it. However if a bloom appears on an architectural element, then not so much. I first drew out the main objects in pencil, then I went slowly over the lines with a fountain pen filled with a beautifully permanent black ink and then painted over all of this… I rarely do the contrary, draw the lines over the watercolour as I find that the lines thicken and the paintings become more comic-like. It is a question of preference, actually.

I had to laugh today as someone commented on my blog that the “silly” season was soon upon us… love that expression, as it is true in some ways. If we gather around at a table without an abundance of gifts and are happy to be in each other’s company, then in my view all is good. But when gifts take over the celebrations, then we have lost the spirit of it all. To achieve balance in this notion is key….

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8″
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, DS Q. Rose, MG Ultramarine, WN B. Sienna
Fountain Pen: Platinum 3776 EF (3776 meters, height of Mount Fuji in Japan)
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Painted from a reference photograph that I took in St. Lazare
Blog: http://www.janehannah.com



:: November day ::

“The high value put upon every minute of time,
the idea of hurry-hurry as the most important objective of living,
is unquestionably the most dangerous enemy of joy.”

— Herman Hesse

During the month of November it rains, it snows, there are days of sunshine and cloudy days that add a touch of grey in the atmosphere that I feel thankful for. My grandfather used to say that it was the month of the dead, but to me it is a month of contradictions — between resting, preparing for the holiday festivities and getting over the hurdle of correcting student projects, it is a month of change… from autumn to winter. Changes are about to happen as the slow November month turns into the festive month of December and its shortest day of the year! So here is a dreary and beautiful little hamlet of warmth and rest — just behind my cosmetician’s business.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue
Watercolours: Q. Gold, Q. Rose, Cerulean Chromium, B. Sienna & Raw Umber


:: First Frost ::

The lake has started to thicken,
specks of ice.
The mountains are starting to whiten,
snowflakes have fallen.
The birds are gathering at the feeders,
my dog is sleeping. 
— by Jane Hannah

This week we had our first frost and it came as a surprise! Yesterday we had our fundraiser Square Foot Exhibition for the Old Brewery Mission and it was definitely a success. Twenty artists displayed their works and it was quite amazing to see all of the different styles and mediums. I am really enjoying the Fluid 100 paper, as it is 100% cotton and this makes a tremendous difference with watercolours. It takes all of the paint that you throw at it, and then does what it wants to do.

This painting is for sale, and ready to go.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Colours: Q. Gold, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, P. Crimson & Indanthrone
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada



:: The way through the woods ::

— SOLD —

They shut the road through the woods
Seventy years ago. 
Weather and rain have undone it again, 
And now you would never know 
There was once a road through the woods 
Before they planted the trees. 
It is underneath the coppice and heath, 
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees 
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease, 
There was once a road through the woods.Yet, if you enter the woods 
Of a summer evening late, 
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools 
Where the otter whistles his mate, 
(They fear not men in the woods, 
Because they see so few.) 
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, 
And the swish of a skirt in the dew, 
Steadily cantering through 
The misty solitudes, 
As though they perfectly knew 
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
— Rudyard Kipling

Winter has finally arrived and I greet it with a mixture of trepidation and awe as I actually enjoy all of our four seasons here in Québec. This weekend will be a busy one as I have student projects to correct, I am thrilled to be part of the Square Foot Art Exhibition on Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm and I do hope to see some of you there. This is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit. Hope that you enjoy it.

As some of you already know, I love trees. I painted this majestic white pine two weekends ago while autumn was still in bloom right here in Rigaud. Does this poem bring you back to childhood?

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG yellow, B. Sienna, B. Umber, Ultramarine, P. Scarlet


:: Square Foot Art Exhibition & Old Brewery Mission Fundraiser 2017 ::

There is a wonderful feeling when you walk into your own exhibition. You see the work as a true extension of yourself. Win or lose, your interests have led you to an accumulation of your personal expression, signed lower right, mounted to best advantage. (Robert Genn)

I will be at this Exhibition that acts as a fundraiser for the Old Brewery Mission, which is the largest resource for homeless men in Quebec and for homeless women in Canada. The pricing of the artworks are about half price, so if you are thinking of a Christmas present, then this is the time. I will be accompanied by 20 other amazing artists working with oil, acrylic, watercolour, textiles, pastels, etc. Should be fun and I would love to see you there!

The date is Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 232 Chemin de Senneville, Senneville, Quebec, H9X 3X4, Canada. https://goo.gl/maps/kRc6ubkhhLB2

J’aimerais bien vous voir en cette belle journée du 11 novembre à Senneville. C’est pour une bonne cause, et je serai entourée de 20 autres artistes et leurs tableaux à l’huile, pastel, acrylique, etc.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG Yellow, P. Scarlet, Raw, Sienna, B. Sienna, Ultramarine


:: Inktober Recap ::

     When you were here before
Couldn’t look you in the eye
You’re just like an angel
Your skin makes me cry
     You float like a feather
In a beautiful world
And I wish I was special
You’re so fuckin’ special
     But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
     I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
     I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special
   But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
     She’s running
–Creep by Radiohead

Inktober 2017 was the first time that I tried this daily challenge.  The aim is to draw something that has a specific theme and these were “the” challenge, not the drawing!. To get the idea first was “the” difficulty, and once you had figured it out, then you could draw it and everything went smoothly. Some days I had these very weird ideas, spaced out and looney and other days, quite simple!

I must say that I am already looking forward to the next one in 2018. Why? It simply blew my mind! I loved it. For years I had not tried drawing nor painting from my imagination as I did not know where to start… and #Inktober2017 gave it to me. The first days were excruciating as I did not know what to draw and how to draw it… but slowly and surely, I went from 1.5 hours a night to 30 minutes… and some even less, which is a major perk when you have a full-time job. It also showed me that there are many different ways of drawing and painting, and each way is different and as difficult as the other. Drawing from the imagination is difficult and drawing realistically is too. However, it liberated me. The act of drawing from the imagination seems to have triggered off something that permits me to draw without any expectations… I just do it. I am in the present moment. Yes!

So for this InktoberI drew in two different sketchbooks, as one had already been started and the other one did not have 31 pages. But next year I will either make my own sketchbook and dedicate it entirely to the Inktober 2018 challenge. I will also only draw in black ink, diluted or not… no colours. I will go for a “pure” Inktober month -) So if you have not participated in this yet, try it out next year as I will.

Below are the tools that I used for the month of October. If you wish to know in more detail the names and brands, just comment and I will answer you.

So now I am ready to paint and draw in colour, as I did miss this.