:: Blue Moon ::

Blue moon you saw me standing alone
Without a dream in my heart
Without a love of my own
Blue moon, you knew just what I was there for
You heard me saying a prayer for 
Someone I really could care for
And then there suddenly appeared before me
The only one my arms will ever hold
I heard
— Billie Holiday

Not a drawing of a blue moon but of a small hand-crafted wood lamp that actually prevented me from watching the moon last night by shedding its warm soft glow on the outside window. I will check her out tonight so hoping for clear skies.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook 5″x8″
Fountain Pen: Pilot Falcon SEF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Sunday Sketching ::

Art transforms us not with what it contains but with what it creates in us — the constellation of interpretations, revelations, and emotional truths illuminated — which, of course, is why the rise of the term “content” to describe creative output online has been one of the most corrosive developments in contemporary culture. A poem — or an essay, or a painting, or a song — is not its “content”; it transforms us precisely by what cannot be contained, by what is received and interpreted.
— Ursula K. Le Guin

Today was the monthly Montreal Urban Sketchers meet-up day and we regrouped at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts… a grand architectural delight. I knew as I got in my car this morning that I wanted to sketch some crazy architecture and did not know exactly where and what I would sketch… but it was to be architectural details! This view is just at the entrance of the museum. I did take the time to do a quick visit of the Western Exposition Il était une fois… before and looked left and right, and I came right back here to sit down and sketch.

What I learned today was that for drawing the Travelogue Handbook is less than ideal, because it is made with watercolour CP quality paper (which means bumpy) which also means bumpy lines. This rattled me as I have a good hand and did not appreciate the bumps, but hey! nothing is perfect in life. I also decided to go low profile with my tools and used BIC Cristal pens, blue, green and purple… and even though they smudge once in awhile (at $2.60 for 12) they are quite comfortable in the hands and do a good job. The museum has strict guidelines as to what sketchers can draw with…

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″x8″
Tools: BIC Cristal Blue, green & purple, Pilot Grip EF
Location: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal, Québec, Canada
#urbansketching, #drawing, #sketching, #BIC,

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:: House for sale ::

Walking as a creative fuel
“Nature’s particular gift to the walker…
is to set the mind jogging,
to make it garrulous,
exalted,
a little mad maybe — certainly creative and suprasensitive.”

My 92-year old Mom had a funeral to go to in Valleyfield today and I accompanied her. One of her very old-time friends, Anita, died last week and the memories that accompany her are joyful and at the end very sad.

For this dreary, grey and mild Sunday (about 1C) I parked my car in front of this house for sale. As I was getting ready to get out of the car, I noticed the windows, the roof, the stained glass windows of this house and I thought to myself that this must be a well built house and probably not too expensive. I hope that the people that buy it honour it, in some way or the other, and respect its simple beauty. Its only disadvantage is being right in front of a funeral home…

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″x8″ #22
Watercolours: New Gamboge, Pyrrol Crimson, Cerulean Blue Chromium, Indanthrone Blue, Burnt Sienna
Location: Valleyfield, Québec, Canada

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:: Smile ::

Smile tho’ your heart is aching
Smile even tho’ it’s breaking
When there are clouds in the sky
You’ll get by
     If you smile
Thro’ your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shin-ing thro’ for you
     Light up your face with gladness
Hide ev-‘ry trace of sadness
Altho’ a tear may be ever so near
     That’s the time
You must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying
You’ll find that life is still worth-while
     If you just smile
— Nat King Cole

Here in Rigaud the temperature is -25C and the birds are in a frenzy at my feeders. If you are staying inside today, as am I, there is some good reading to do, or cooking, painting, drawing or simply puttering around doing miscellaneous stuff and on Sundays, this is “the” perfect day to do this! So have a wonderful dominical day while I am listening to “Smile” by Nat King Cole -)

Yesterday my black & white drawing of the head of a cactus got viewed as a potential spider and I decided that today I would add some watercolours so that it looked more like itself. I used a mix of two colours only to achieve these hues. These two colours combined together on this type of paper almost appear velvety, don’t you think?

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Watercolours: Q. Gold & Cerulean Chromium Blue
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Cactus Epiphany ::

We are all visitors to this time, this place.
We are just passing through.
Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love… and then we return home.
– Australian Aboriginal Proverb.

With the arrival of 20 cm of new snow it is a relief to know that on Epiphany we have gained 20 minutes of daylight as this winter in Québec has seen extreme temperatures. Looking out my window the thermometer is indicating -18C with a full sun. I can hear my husband shovelling outside and the birds are having a full day at the feeders. My dog is sleeping at my feet and I am preparing my classes for next week… sigh…

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Fountain Pen: Pilot SEF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Have a Wonderful New Year ::

“To be nobody-but-yourself
— in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else
— means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight.”
by E. E. Cummings

By this first of January 2018, I wish you all Health, love, wisdom & a very long life!

My dear departed father would have loved to see this painting of our Scottish family’s coat of arms. I tried replicating the colours as documented in the Rietstap Armorial General where the original description of the arms (shield) is as follows:

“Ar. Three roebucks’ heads couped Az. collared or, a bell pendent from each collar.” When translated the blazon also describes the original colours of the Hannah arms as: “Silver and charged with three blue roebucks’ heads, severed from their bodies and wearing gold collars from which a bell is hanging.” Above the shield and helmet is the crest which is described as: “A black cross, three branches of which terminate in crosslets and the other (lower) branch of which is sharpened to a point, issuing out of a black crescent.”

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Sketchbook #22
Colours: Q. Gold, Cobalt Blue, B. Sienna
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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