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.

:: Église St-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End ::

“There is no such thing as an amateur artist as different from a professional artist,” wrote Paul Cezanne, “There is only good art and bad art.” The Montreal Urban Sketchers were out sketching out today and the weather was beautiful, … Continue reading

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:: Easter Monday Flower ::

Life is not what one lived, but what one remembers and how one remembers it in order to recount it. — Gabriel García Márquez The hour is growing late on this Easter Monday afternoon and I have to report to school … Continue reading

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:: Kim Thuy ::

It’s not because we’re given a life that we know how to live. I think we need to learn to live. — Kim Thùy Kim Thuy posted a beautiful flower on Facebook today and it inspired me… and I just drew … Continue reading

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:: Coneflowers ::

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. — Aristotle I must be ready for summer as I bought these beautiful flowers Echinacea Angustifolia or Coneflowers and decided to draw them. These flowers are part of the sunflower … Continue reading

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:: A little spring in the air ::

“Writing isn’t about making money, getting famous, getting dates, getting laid or making friends. Writing is magic, as much as the water of life as any other creative art. The water is free. So drink.” — Stephen King On Writing book and … Continue reading

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:: Little Tree ::

      A little while, a little while, The weary task is put away, And I can sing and I can smile, Alike, while I have holiday.      Why wilt thou go, my harassed heart, What thought, what … Continue reading

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Redpath Museum with USK:Mtl

     A poem is when you have the sky in your mouth. It is hot like fresh bread, when you eat it, a little is always left over.      A poem is when you hear the heartbeat of … Continue reading

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#OneWeek100People2017 :: Day 2 ::

Claude Debussy “Rien de trop”: that is the artist’s motto. Instead of amalgamating the instruments for mass effects, he throws into relief their individuality or delicately grafts one timbre on to another, without anything of their true nature being spoiled. … Continue reading

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One Week 100 People 2017

La maison du clair de lune Le boisé saura les protéger     En veillant sur leur intimé     Ici la nature est généreuse     On oublie la ville et le rossignol  chante L’horloge ne compte pas les heures     Et … Continue reading

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:: The Projectile ::

The Projectile We sipped tea. Politely musing on possible reasons for the success of my books in your country. Slipped into talk of pain and humiliation you find occurring, and recurring, in my stories. And that element of sheer chance. … Continue reading

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:: Troublesome yellows ::

“My life … runs back through time and space to the very beginnings of the world and to its utmost limits. In my being I sum up the earthly inheritance and the state of the world at this moment.” — … Continue reading

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:: Huntingdon ::

What could be more interesting, or in the end, more ecstatic, than in those rare moments when you see another person look at something you’ve made, and realize that they got it exactly, that your heart jumped to their heart … Continue reading

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:: Mighty pine king ::

The old that is strong does not wither, deep roots are not reached by the frost. — J. R. R. Tolkien I have painted this pine many times before as it is totally gorgeous to me & it is but … Continue reading

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Health, love, wisdom & a long life!

Listen to the wind, it talks Listen to the silence, it speaks Listen to your heart, it knows. — Proud native american I wish all of you Health, love, wisdom & a long life! I went back today to my … Continue reading

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:: Crack of Dawn ::

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 Listening to the beautiful music of Brahms this afternoon, it snowed all morning and … Continue reading

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:: Beginnings & Endings ::

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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:: Wishing you Peace, Love & Joy ::

Ev’rybody’s talking ’bout Bagism, Shagism, Dragism, Madism, Ragism, Tagism This-ism, that-ism, is-m, is-m, is-m All we are saying is give peace a chance All we are saying is give peace a chance Hit it C’mon, ev’rybody’s talking about Ministers, sinisters, … Continue reading

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:: Beautiful silent skies ::

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. (Hans Jean Arp) When I … Continue reading

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:: Three hats for one ::

Get yourself a mirror and paint your own portrait, over and over. It’s a great chance to experiment, you’ll discover things about yourself, and you don’t have to pay the model! — Susan Avishai Last night I was in the … Continue reading

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:: Square Phillips ::

“Aurora borealis The icy sky at night Paddles cut the water In a long and hurried flight From the white man to the fields of green And the homeland We’ve never seen.” — Neil Young We are quite lucky in … Continue reading

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:: Urban Sketchers newspaper article ::

For those of you who have not had the chance to read the article in the newspaper La Presse, here it is! Pour ceux et elles qui n’ont pas eu la chance de lire l’article dans le journal La Presse, … Continue reading

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: Montreal Urban Sketchers in La Presse :

REMEMBERING LEONARD COHEN (1934-2016) My page was too white My ink was too thin The day wouldn’t write What the night penciled in. — The Book of Longing (2006) Today there is a fabulous newspaper report in the Travel section … Continue reading

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:: Ultimate Chroma ::

You should often amuse yourself when you take a walk for recreation, in watching and taking note of the attitudes and actions of men as they talk and dispute, or laugh or come to blows with one another… noting these … Continue reading

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:: L’île noire ::

That painter who has no doubts will achieve little. — Leonardo da Vinci It is snowing outside in my forested haven & it is the third time this season. It fills my joints with pain and my heart with some sort of joy … Continue reading

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Oh boy, what a shock!

Meraki [may-rah-kee] Meraki is doing something with total love and pure soul. It is leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. This morning I woke up at 5:00 am and as I was getting up I noticed that the light … Continue reading

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