:: 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 the skies are clear out here on Rigaud Mountain. We put up our Christmas decorations today and this is one of our little trees that is standing on a small table.

I drew this in my favourite “drawing” paper which are Moleskine Sketchbooks… the paper is just fabulous for drawing, especially with my favourite fountain pen of all times, the Platinum 3776 EF. The paper has some type of glaze on top of it which makes drawing on it as if I was drawing with butter… hum… so cool -) However as it is fabulous for drawing, it is not as fabulous for painting! When you put watercolour paints on it, the paint stays “on” the paper instead of being absorbed… and sometimes you just have to scrub it in, which gives it a grungy look, which I sometimes like. An artist in Scotland, Will Freeborn, specializes in painting in Moleskines.

Paper: Moleskine Skethchbook
Fountain Pen: Platinum 3776 EF
Ink: DeAtramentis Document Black
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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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 we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.
— Herman Hesse

Yesterday I did a very rough small sketch (5.5″x3.5″) of a possible future painting. So today I still had it in mind when I woke up and decided to paint it in a bigger format. I am happy with the result even though there is some bloom which I like (I know that some people do not)… it depends on its location. If it takes place organically, a tree or flower blooming, I am fine with it. However if a bloom appears on an architectural element, then not so much. I first drew out the main objects in pencil, then I went slowly over the lines with a fountain pen filled with a beautifully permanent black ink and then painted over all of this… I rarely do the contrary, draw the lines over the watercolour as I find that the lines thicken and the paintings become more comic-like. It is a question of preference, actually.

I had to laugh today as someone commented on my blog that the “silly” season was soon upon us… love that expression, as it is true in some ways. If we gather around at a table without an abundance of gifts and are happy to be in each other’s company, then in my view all is good. But when gifts take over the celebrations, then we have lost the spirit of it all. To achieve balance in this notion is key….

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8″
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, DS Q. Rose, MG Ultramarine, WN B. Sienna
Fountain Pen: Platinum 3776 EF (3776 meters, height of Mount Fuji in Japan)
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Painted from a reference photograph that I took in St. Lazare
Blog: http://www.janehannah.com

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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, there are days of sunshine and cloudy days that add a touch of grey in the atmosphere that I feel thankful for. My grandfather used to say that it was the month of the dead, but to me it is a month of contradictions — between resting, preparing for the holiday festivities and getting over the hurdle of correcting student projects, it is a month of change… from autumn to winter. Changes are about to happen as the slow November month turns into the festive month of December and its shortest day of the year! So here is a dreary and beautiful little hamlet of warmth and rest — just behind my cosmetician’s business.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue
Watercolours: Q. Gold, Q. Rose, Cerulean Chromium, B. Sienna & Raw Umber

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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 and it came as a surprise! Yesterday we had our fundraiser Square Foot Exhibition for the Old Brewery Mission and it was definitely a success. Twenty artists displayed their works and it was quite amazing to see all of the different styles and mediums. I am really enjoying the Fluid 100 paper, as it is 100% cotton and this makes a tremendous difference with watercolours. It takes all of the paint that you throw at it, and then does what it wants to do.

This painting is for sale, and ready to go.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Colours: Q. Gold, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, P. Crimson & Indanthrone
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada

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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 coppice and heath, 
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees 
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease, 
There was once a road through the woods. 

Yet, if you enter the woods 
Of a summer evening late, 
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools 
Where the otter whistles his mate, 
(They fear not men in the woods, 
Because they see so few.) 
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, 
And the swish of a skirt in the dew, 
Steadily cantering through 
The misty solitudes, 
As though they perfectly knew 
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
— Rudyard Kipling

Winter has finally arrived and I greet it with a mixture of trepidation and awe as I actually enjoy all of our four seasons here in Québec. This weekend will be a busy one as I have student projects to correct, I am thrilled to be part of the Square Foot Art Exhibition on Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm and I do hope to see some of you there. This is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit. Hope that you enjoy it.

As some of you already know, I love trees. I painted this majestic white pine two weekends ago while autumn was still in bloom right here in Rigaud. Does this poem bring you back to childhood?

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG yellow, B. Sienna, B. Umber, Ultramarine, P. Scarlet
#squarefootexhibition2017

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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, mounted to best advantage. (Robert Genn)

I will be at this Exhibition that acts as a fundraiser for the Old Brewery Mission, which is the largest resource for homeless men in Quebec and for homeless women in Canada. The pricing of the artworks are about half price, so if you are thinking of a Christmas present, then this is the time. I will be accompanied by 20 other amazing artists working with oil, acrylic, watercolour, textiles, pastels, etc. Should be fun and I would love to see you there!

The date is Saturday November 11th, 2017 at 232 Chemin de Senneville, Senneville, Quebec, H9X 3X4, Canada. https://goo.gl/maps/kRc6ubkhhLB2

J’aimerais bien vous voir en cette belle journée du 11 novembre à Senneville. C’est pour une bonne cause, et je serai entourée de 20 autres artistes et leurs tableaux à l’huile, pastel, acrylique, etc.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG Yellow, P. Scarlet, Raw, Sienna, B. Sienna, Ultramarine

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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
You’re so fuckin’ special
     But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
     I don’t care if it hurts
I want to have control
I want a perfect body
I want a perfect soul
     I want you to notice
When I’m not around
You’re so fuckin’ special
I wish I was special
   But I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo.
What the hell am I doing here?
I don’t belong here.
     She’s running
–Creep by Radiohead

Inktober 2017 was the first time that I tried this daily challenge.  The aim is to draw something that has a specific theme and these were “the” challenge, not the drawing!. To get the idea first was “the” difficulty, and once you had figured it out, then you could draw it and everything went smoothly. Some days I had these very weird ideas, spaced out and looney and other days, quite simple!

I must say that I am already looking forward to the next one in 2018. Why? It simply blew my mind! I loved it. For years I had not tried drawing nor painting from my imagination as I did not know where to start… and #Inktober2017 gave it to me. The first days were excruciating as I did not know what to draw and how to draw it… but slowly and surely, I went from 1.5 hours a night to 30 minutes… and some even less, which is a major perk when you have a full-time job. It also showed me that there are many different ways of drawing and painting, and each way is different and as difficult as the other. Drawing from the imagination is difficult and drawing realistically is too. However, it liberated me. The act of drawing from the imagination seems to have triggered off something that permits me to draw without any expectations… I just do it. I am in the present moment. Yes!

So for this InktoberI drew in two different sketchbooks, as one had already been started and the other one did not have 31 pages. But next year I will either make my own sketchbook and dedicate it entirely to the Inktober 2018 challenge. I will also only draw in black ink, diluted or not… no colours. I will go for a “pure” Inktober month -) So if you have not participated in this yet, try it out next year as I will.

Below are the tools that I used for the month of October. If you wish to know in more detail the names and brands, just comment and I will answer you.

So now I am ready to paint and draw in colour, as I did miss this.

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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 to honour their art. For #Inktober no colours were added, even though their masks have red and gold in them…

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Faber-Castell PITT Artist Pen Brush
Location: Rigaud from a reference photo
#inktober2017, #inktober,  31 mask theme

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:: Inktober 30 Found Theme ::

And so it is that life begins.

A step into the crazy maze of life.
First a left and then a right,
We find ourselves at a dead end.
Back track our steps and begin again.
Twists and turns constantly taking our path,
Round and round in circles we go, 
Trying to find the right way.
Some spend their whole lives in the maze,
Some make it out.
I’m still fighting to find the right way in 
This maze of life.
— By Aly Bambi

 

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
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:: Inktober 29 United ::

Les chemins sont à faire jusqu’à ton coeur 
Je viendrai sous les traits du défricheur 
L’amour ne veut plus de tricheur 
Chérie, as-tu vu 
Le monde est absurde selon Camus 
Mais tes pouvoirs me prouvent qu’il ne l’est plus 
Le meilleur a devancé sa venue 
La méfiance est portée disparue
— Paroles de Tire Le Coyote

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: Cerulean Blue
Location: Rigaud from reference photo
#inktober2017, #inktober,  29 united theme

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:: Inktober 28 Fall ::

Do not have much time today so here is a quick little sketch… would have liked to delve a bit more deeply with the “ink” but no time…

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, P. Scarlet
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  28 fall theme

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:: Inktober 27 : Climb ::

Tsé ! Moi, j’voudrais pas m’mêler de c’qui me r’garde pas…
 
Comment j’te dirais ben ça ? 
I’vient un temps où, comm‘ tu sais, ben i faut qu’les choses se disent !
 
Ça fait que, ‘coute ben là : même si t’haïs ça, c’est ça qui est ça !
Va t’sé ! 
— Martin Léon

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  27 climb theme

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:: Inktober 26 Squeak Theme ::

     Hey there, Mr. Tin Man
You don’t know how lucky you are
You shouldn’t spend your whole life wishin’
For something bound to fall apart
     Everytime you’re feeling empty
Better thank your lucky stars
If you ever felt one breakin’
You’d never want a heart
— Miranda Lambert

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolour: Q. Quinachridone
Location: Rigaud from a reference photo
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:: Inktober 25 Ship ::

The first TV show that I fell in love with when I was very young… so cool, and still is for me!

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte & White
Location: Rigaud from a reference photo
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:: Inktober 24 Blind ::

“Our intelligence, however lucid,
cannot perceive the elements that compose it
and remain unsuspected.”

This inktober theme “blind” was the hardest for me….

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
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:: Inktober 23 Juicy ::

I almost added some stars… and stopped myself!

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  23 juicy theme

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:: Inktober 22 Trail ::

(Sung by Munchkins)
Follow the yellow brick road, follow the yellow brick road
Follow, follow, follow, follow, follow the yellow-brick road
Follow the yellow-brick, follow the yellow-brick
Follow the yellow-brick road

You’re off to see the Wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz
You’ll find he is a Whiz of a Wiz is ever a Wiz there was
If ever, oh ever, a Wiz there was the Wizard of Oz is one because
Because, because, because, because, because
Because of the wonderful things he does
You’re off to see the wizard, the Wonderful Wizard of Oz!
—  L. Frank Baum

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: Q. Gold
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  22 trail theme

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:: Inktober 21 Furious ::

Over the misty mountains cold
Far over the Misty Mountains cold,
To dungeons deep and caverns old,
We must away, ere break of day,
To seek our pale enchanted gold.

— J.R.R. Tolkien

I toggled between the idea of a furious bull or a furious dragon… and the dragon won. Beautiful day here in Rigaud, need to get out in the sunshine -)

Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Fountain Pen: Carbon Pen
Watercolours: DS Pyrrol Scarlet, DS Q. Gold, WN Indanthrone, WN B. Sienna
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  21 furious theme

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:: Inktober 20 Deep::

What has roots as nobody sees,
is taller than trees,
up up it goes,
and yet never grows?
— J.R.R. Tolkien

Roots run deep and studies are showing that trees have a very intricate communicating system with their own. So happy to hear this -)

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Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph”Martin’s Black Star Matte & Pen-White
Watercolours: DS Cerulean Blue Chromium & W&N Burnt Sienna
Location: Rigaud from my imagination

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:: Inktober 19 Clouds ::

Rows and flows 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
So many things I would have done 
But clouds got in my way
     I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
     Moons and Junes and ferries wheels 
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real 
I’ve looked at love that way
     But now it’s just another show 
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know 
Don’t give yourself away
     I’ve looked at love from both sides now 
From give and take and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really
— Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell

I was dreaming of fluffy, beautiful, light clouds… and I drew the digital cloud instead…. humph! Why? Because it is our world now, and we have to make do with it…  like it or not…

Sketchbook #20 Stillman & Birns Zeta

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:: Inktober 18 Filthy ::

I am his Highness’ dog at Kew,
Pray tell me sir, whose dog are you?
— Alexander Pope, 1688-1744

#inktober2017 filthy theme. Dog in mud… don’t they love the puddles?

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:: Inktober 17 Graceful ::

#Inktober2017 —  #17 — Graceful Theme

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:: Inktober 16 Fat ::

Drawing is the probity of art.
— Ingrès

Fiew — I really had trouble coming with an idea for the inktober “fat” theme, and it seems  that my drawing is more political than fanciful. #inktober 2017

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:: Inktober 15 mysterious ::

Easter Island Moai
— by John Curtis, poet

Their faces mottled grey
neolithic axe heads;
trolls rising from
the worn steep green slopes.

Some stand in line on low
dais, wearing pillbox hats;
perverse stone doughnuts.
Stoic. Gazing unmoved.

Many, part clawed from the
clinging rock, leaning, watch
the endless procession
of pale drifting clouds.

Deep shadowed eyes stare
blindly from beneath broad
ledged brows; impassive,
incurious. Aloof.

Alone under bird-haunted
skies, surrounded by the
vast-horizoned oceans.
Mysterious. Unknown.

What is more mysterious than the Easter Island moais, carved human figures, some weighing as much as 82 tons? So here is my #Inktober2017 #15 mysterious theme.

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:: Inktober 14 Fierce ::

The scariest moment is always just before you start.
— Stephen King

For the #Inktober2017 Fierce theme today my thoughts went to a giant tsunami wave and then was inspired by Katsushika Hokusai’s beautiful iconic wave. This tsunami is hovering over skyscrapers, waiting to crash down on them… geez! I am having some very positive thoughts aren’t I?

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