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.

A language not our own…

Listening to Radiohead’s Kid A album, Rigaud is awash with sleets of ice rain, bouts of rain and some snow… perfect temperature to stay warm inside and get back to some drawing. Are you like me? I tend to read … Continue reading

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:: I worried…. by Mary Oliver ::

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the river flow in the right direction, will the earth turn as it was taught, and if not how shall I correct it? Was I right, was I wrong, will I … Continue reading

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Health, love, wisdom & a long life!

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts. — Charles Dickens. I wish you health, love, wisdom & a long life! Learning from the Masters such as Winslow Homer is illuminating! … Continue reading

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:: Winter solstice ::

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says ‘Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer … Continue reading

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:: When day is done ::

When day is done and I reach my gate, I come to a realm where there is no hate, For here, whatever my worth may be, Are those who cling to their faith in me; And with love on guard … Continue reading

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:: Ring your own bell ::

No reaction at all — extinction — wears away on the individual until the behaviour grinds to a halt. This is a danger for artists who struggle in a vacuum. Joining clubs, exhibiting online, sending work away to distant galleries, … Continue reading

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:: Flanders Fields ::

In Flanders fields the poppies blow Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly Scarce heard amid the guns below.      We are the Dead. Short days … Continue reading

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:: No more borders ::

Next Saturday is our annual Square Foot Exhibition and I hope that you will be able to come and say hello if you live somewhat close to this property. Drawing people is difficult for me… and as you can see … Continue reading

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:: Flowing ::

— SOLD — A canvas may be measured with inches, but the speed with which you travel over it is regulated by the artist. — The Art Spirit by Robert Henri I have been swamped with correcting student projects as … Continue reading

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:: Lighthouses ::

Writing… is an act of faith: I believe it’s also an act of hope, the hope that things can get better than they are. — Margaret Atwood In the province of Quebec there are 43 lighthouses and are enjoying a … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 13 :: Guarded ::

An active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal. A walk for a walk’s sake. — Paul Klee Still listening to Thom Yorke and his mesmerizing voice, words and music. Catching up with Inktober prompts today and this is … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 12 :: Whale ::

This is a waltz thinking about our bodies What they mean for our salvation With only the clothes that we stand up in Just the ground on which we stand Is the darkness ours to take? Bathed in lightness, bathed … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 11 :: Cruel ::

Dogs can never speak the language of humans, and humans can never speak the language of dogs. But many dogs can understand almost every word humans say, while humans seldom learn to recognize more than half a dozen barks, if … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 10 :: Flowing ::

An active line on a walk, moving freely, without goal. A walk for a walk’s sake. — Paul Klee Flowing lines for today’s Flowing prompt. #inktober2018 #inktober #flowing #lines #abstract

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:: Inktober 9 :: Precious ::

A line is a dot that went for a walk. — Paul Klee On October 9th 2004 I wrote in my journal that the fall foliage was at its most beautiful… and today, October 10th, the colours are at their … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 8 :: Star ::

The dance between darkness and light will always remain — the stars and the moon will always need the darkness to be seen, the darkness will just not be worth having without the moon and the stars.” ― C. JoyBell C. … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 7 :: Exhausted :::

Ring the bells that still can ring  Forget your perfect offering  There is a crack in everything  That’s how the light gets in. ― Leonard Cohen Living here in Québec there are some language quirks that are quite interesting. Students mentioned … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 6 :: Drooling ::

So he huffed, and he puffed, and he huffed and he puffed and he blew the house in. — The Three Little Pigs Bush: Bamboo Calligraphy brush Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star, waterproof india ink Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 5 :: Chicken ::

— SOLD — You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. —  Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. Inktober 5 with a feathery, fat chick -))) I love line drawing, and with a … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 4 :: Spell ::

Life isn’t a support-system for art. It’s the other way around. — On Writing, A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King Here is the Spell prompt for #inktober2018 -)))

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:: Inktober 3 :: Roasted ::

I’ve seen fire and I’ve seen rain I’ve seen sunny days that I thought would never end I’ve seen lonely times when I could not find a friend But I always thought that I’d see you again –Fire & Rain … Continue reading

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:: Intober 2 :: Tranquil ::

You build up resistance to stress by learning, acquiring and practicing skills needed to go forward and cope.  — Dr. Donald Meichenbaum, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada http://painterskeys.com/art-and-stress-2/ Here are the tools below that I will be using through the … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 1 :: Poisonous ::

A writer who waits for ideal conditions under which to work,” wrote E.B. White, “will die without putting a word on paper. The same can be said for all artists I guess, and I know that for painters the above … Continue reading

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:: Labour Day weekend ::

I lost my job as an art salesman. It was the customer’s fault. He wanted to buy the wrong paintings.  — (Vincent van Gogh) This is Labour Day weekend and it’s a 3-day weekend which permitted me to draw today… … Continue reading

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:: A few stories ::

“You need a village, if only for the pleasure of leaving it. A village means that you are not alone, knowing that in the people, the trees, the earth, there is something that belongs to you, waiting for you when … Continue reading

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