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.

:: John Coltrane Frame of Mind ::

Damn the rules, it’s the feeling that counts. — John Coltrane I started listening to Miles Davis’s Kind of Blue album and then switched to John Coltrane — and that was my aha moment. This was the music that truly … Continue reading

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:: Easy Rider ::

Get your motor runnin’ Head out on the highway Lookin’ for adventure And whatever comes our way Yeah Darlin’ go make it happen Take the world in a love embrace Fire all of your guns at once And explode into … Continue reading

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:: A journey across the halls ::

“Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” — Sir Francis Bacon On Friday as I was walking in the hall at my College I saw this girl and her expression stopped me… I looked at her very closely. She did … Continue reading

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:: 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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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:: -21 celsius ::

Well it is -21 celsius at the moment here and warmer than yesterday as it reached -27C last night… The cars are having trouble starting too, can you imagine? We went for a very small walk this morning and Pyper … Continue reading

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:: All you need is love ::

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”  ― Charles M. Schulz On a cold and snowy day out here in the woods and listening to the Vince Guaraldi Trio, who composed and arranged the … Continue reading

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:: Happy Holidays :: Joyeuses Fêtes ::

A Christmas Song      Once in Royal David’s City Stood a lonely cattle shed Where a mother held her baby You’d do well to remember the things he later said When you’re stuffing yourselves at the Christmas parties You’ll … Continue reading

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:: Shortest day of the year ::

Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening      Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though;  He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.   … Continue reading

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:: 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 … Continue reading

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:: Silver teapot ::

Je te promets le sel au baiser de ma bouche Je te promets le miel à ma main qui te touche Je te promets le ciel au dessus de ta couche Des fleurs et des dentelles pour que tes nuits … Continue reading

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:: A long sigh ::

IN AND OUT The dog searches until he finds me upstairs, lies down with a clatter of elbows, puts his head on my foot. Sometimes the sound of his breathing saves my life — in and out, in and out; a pause, a … Continue reading

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:: Vir et mulier facies ::

Follow your passion it will lead you to your purpose. Drew these two faces last night while watching TV and not really concentrating on what was going on the tube. Really enjoyed drawing the flowing lines and couldn’t stop. From … Continue reading

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:: Little XMas Tree ::

“If creativity is a habit, then the best creativity is the result of good work habits. They are the nuts and bolts of dreaming.” (Twyla Tharp) Today is the full moon and it promises to be a beautiful night as … Continue reading

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:: 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 … Continue reading

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:: 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, … Continue reading

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:: 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 … Continue reading

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:: The way through the woods ::

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 … Continue reading

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:: 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, … Continue reading

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:: 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 … Continue reading

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:: Inktober 31 Mask Theme ::

Here is a Haida Nation Mask, a native northwest coast people that live in the northern parts of British Columbia, Canada. I have always loved their masks and today I decided to draw one from a reference photo, in order … Continue reading

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