Category Archives: Sketches / Drawings / Paintings

:: 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… was and is as she is a natural teacher, very nice, knowledgeable and has a good rhythm. Not too many … 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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:: Heritage Montreal Day & USK:Mtl ::

You can’t do sketches enough. Sketch everything and keep your curiosity fresh. — John Singer Sargent Today was a big day as Heritage Montreal was co-hosting with the Montreal Urban Sketchers in Old Montreal and there were many things that … Continue reading

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:: Colour Palette ::

Spotlessness is the niece of inspiration. — Billy Collins advice to writers. Here is my newly filled-up juicy colour palette ready for tomorrow’s Montreal Urban Sketchers outing in Old Montreal with Heritage Montreal as co-host. We are meeting at 10:00 … Continue reading

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:: England Trip ::

I am planning our England trip and what better way of remembering where you are going than actually drawing a Great Britain map? So here are the highlights. We arrive in London and immediately travel to Bath, Britain’s Belle of … Continue reading

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:: Chagall Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts ::

If I create from the heart, nearly everything works; if from the head, almost nothing. — Marc Chagall Went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts today with one of my dear friends and we had the time to examine … Continue reading

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Draw me a Mountain on Sunday May 21st

Artists and art lovers are welcome to take part in an art day on Mount Royal with the Urban Sketchers of Montreal and Les Amis de la Montagne on Sunday May 21st. * 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Join the Urban … Continue reading

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:: 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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