:: Paroles de Migwetch ::

Si la vie était dure je jure
que je ne l’ai jamais su
Je n’ai de regret que celui de mon âge
et ce jeune cœur de moi est intact
Le mal qu’on m’a fait est écrit dans le sable
et le bien est gravé dans le roc
Souffle ce vent de haine
ma peau est feuille de chêne
Je suis si seule parfois
parfois si souvent
souvent toujours
Je ne serai plus l’architecte des nuages
ni de vos existences
Vos beaux yeux noirs déposés sur mon visage
comme une récompense
J’irai rejoindre sous la feuille
mon bien-aimé
si doux celui
qu’un jour m’a dit
Pour toute la vie
— Richard Desjardins, partie de la chanson Paroles de Migwetch

I went to visit my 92 year old Mom today and as usual she was in very good spirits. She seems to have adjusted very well to her new residence on Dufferin Street in Valleyfield and enjoys the company of her girlfriends. She keeps telling me that she has a 19-year old boyfriend — always laughing out loud as she tells me… and I almost faint every time that she says so! Of course this is a joke! This painting is on the backstreet to where I lived for 9 years with my young husband… very good memories of those days gone by…

When I scan my paintings it (Epson) seems to dull the colours a bit and I always want to have the scan look as much as possible to the real painting. So the steps that I take in Photoshop are the following.
a) I scan at 300 dpi for my high resolution image;
b) I then do –> auto tone –>auto contrast –> auto color” which gives me good results, even though the colours become too vibrant
c) I then open –> Layer –> New adjustment layer –> Levels and then I move the mid-adjustment gamma to 1.15 instead of the mid value of 1.0
d) I also open –> Layer –> Color Balance- -> where I put the yellow slider to +0.15 and the red slider to +0.15. This combination seems to work well for most paintings that I do, except for the black and white ones of course.
d) I save my image –>international date.paint subject.myname.jpg
e) I flatten the image and then resize the resolution to 100 dpi;
f) I save again adding –>loRes add the end of the filename and this is the one that I post.

I am listening to the music of Rectify on Spotify, a TV show that still resonates with me!

20171210-behind-Maden-Valleyfield-jane-hannah-loRes

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8″ #22
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, DS Pyrrol Crimson, MG Ultramarine, DS Raw Sienna, WN Burnt Sienna
Fountain Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Reference photograph taken in Valleyfield

 

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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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11 Responses to :: Paroles de Migwetch ::

  1. Jane, I am impressed by all the steps you take to post an image of our paintings. You are quite patient. But hey! with such a splendid painting it’s worth it. I just love everything about it ! Thanks for sharing ! Diane

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  2. englepip says:

    I love the shadows in your painting and the story about your mum. The poem is lovely too..my French is weak but I like some of the images like drawing in the sad etc

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    • Jane Hannah says:

      Yea the images in the song are quite beautiful… Richard Desjardins is a Quebec singer songwriter and you can find him on Spotify — thank you sooo much for your nice comment!

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  3. magnificent little painting! and thank you for sharing the steps you take to post the image. You have set the bar pretty high both in the painting and the posting! I am afraid I am much less methodical and clearly must mend my ways.
    PS i think its great your Mom has a boyfriend-that’s what keeps her young at 92.

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  4. marcellalouise says:

    Dear Jane: Definitely, I believe that this painting of your former street on Maden St. is your very best. It is so darn realistic that I’d swear I was walking on it. In my mind, this is your very best drawing – the best ever. Don’t ever stop – God gave you His best gift. MOM. >

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Beautiful words, beautiful painting. Thank you.

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