Author Archives: Jane Hannah

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.

:: Friendships ::

A friend is not to be found in the world such as one can conceive of, such as one needs, for no human being unites so many of the attributes of God as we feel our nature requires…. We have … Continue reading

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:: Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme ::

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to be see beyond the usual — become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the … Continue reading

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:: Square Foot Exhibition 2017 ::

« Là où va la main, l’œil suit; là où va l’œil, va l’esprit; là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur; là où se trouve le cœur est la réalité de l’être, le siège de l’âme. » — Abhinaya … Continue reading

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:: Happy tugboat ::

“Surprise is key in all art.” — Oscar Niemeyer Today the sunshine was out, over 60 sketchers turned up to sketch, draw, paint and talk together and it was an amazing day. The site was actually very rewarding as there were … Continue reading

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:: Weekend of prepping ::

In proportion to his force, the artist will find in his work an outlet for his proper character. — Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Art” A weekend of prepping courses, drawings & paintings for a future show in November which I will … Continue reading

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Maison des éclusiers, dimanche 27 août 2017 :: Sunday August 27th at Maison des éclusiers

Pour le 4e dimanche du mois d’août, le 27 août, la sortie des Urban Sketchers de Montréal se fera à un tout nouvel endroit, à la Maison des éclusiers (face à la rue McGill, 400 ouest, rue de la Commune). On se rencontre pour … Continue reading

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:: Montreal USK exhibition in the Hall of Honour Montreal City Hall from August 23rd to September 6th 2017 ::

Exposition USK Montréal dans le hall d’honneur de l’hôtel de ville de Montréal du 23 août au 6 septembre 2017/Montreal USK exhibition in the Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall from August 23rd to September 6th 2017 Dans le cadre … Continue reading

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:: The lopsided pine ::

La Barre and other Musicians 9 May 1663. At Mr Jarvas’s my old barber, I did try two or three borders and periwigs, meaning to wear one, and yet I have no stomach for it, but the pains of keeping … Continue reading

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:: Quills ::

One smile can start a friendship, one word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship, one person can change your life. I am starting to prep for my oncoming semester by doing some quick basic pen strokes … Continue reading

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Maison des éclusiers, dimanche 27 août 2017 :: Sunday August 27th at Maison des éclusiers

Pour le 4e dimanche du mois d’août, le 27 août, la sortie des Urban Sketchers de Montréal se fera à un tout nouvel endroit, à la Maison des éclusiers (face à la rue McGill, 400 ouest, rue de la Commune). On se rencontre pour … Continue reading

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:: Beautiful Castle Combe in the Cotswalds ::

A quick sketch — we are really travelling and on the go so it is difficult to find any time to sketch. Next week we are spending the entire week in London so there I will have more opportunities -)))

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Roman Baths

My second day with Jane Blundell and her 5-day bootcamp and I have to say that it is quite wonderful… she is a natural teacher, knowledgeable,very nice and has a good rhythm. Not too many demos, always interesting information and … Continue reading

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Pulteney Bridge, Bath, UK

We arrived in Bath late Saturday afternoon and were completely bushed as we had been up for  18 hours… hey! Everyone that travels knows about this -) On Sunday we had one day off so Guy and I did some … Continue reading

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:: New scan with Snapseed ::

A new scan of the same image listed in the previous blog… Snapseed really works well for this -) This software will work well for England — yeah!!!

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Prepping for England

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. — Georgia O’Keefe We are preparing for our trip to England and I am … Continue reading

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:: Sandy Beach, Hudson ::

There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls. ― George Carlin Like every Tuesday during the summer about 10 plein air artists gathered at Sandy Beach today. No one was talking and everyone was concentrating … Continue reading

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:: Rigaud Mountain in summer ::

What has roots that nobody sees and is taller than trees? Up, up, up it goes, and yet never grows. — JRR Tolkien We had beautiful day, 21C with the sun shining on the plain and on the mountain… and … Continue reading

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:: Sowing clouds ::

Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny. — Stephen R. Covey from the excellent blog The Painter’s Keys Even though the weather has … Continue reading

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:: Summer solstice ::

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. — James Dent In the beautiful Jack Layton Park in Hudson I sat at one of … Continue reading

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:: Both sides now ::

     Rows and floes of angel hair And ice cream castles in the air And feather canyons everywhere I’ve looked at clouds that way      But now they only block the sun They rain and snow on everyone … Continue reading

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:: Baie d’Urfé Town Hall ::

A distinction is made between artists who work directly from nature and those who work purely from imagination. Neither of these methods should be preferred to the exclusion of the other. Often both are used in turn by the same … Continue reading

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:: Dog days ::

I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck. — Emma Goldman We actually had a wonderfully hot, humid day that was accompanied by warm gusts of wind — so wonderful to feel the soft wind on … Continue reading

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:: All hushed and still within the house ::

All hushed and still within the house; Without – all wind and driving rain; But something whispers to my mind, Through rain and through the wailing wind, Never again. Never again? Why not again? Memory has power as real as … Continue reading

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:: Sketchbook Skool & Koosje Koene ::

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. — Greg Anderson Woke up this morning and to my surprise, I had a good night’s sleep (for those of you … Continue reading

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:: Just one of those days… ::

 “Is the moon or the sun more important?” and the answer is: “The moon gives us light at night when we need it. The sun only provides light in the day when we don’t. Therefore the moon is more important”. … Continue reading

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