:: When day is done ::

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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 at my humble door,
I have all that the world has struggled for.
— by Edgar Guest (1881-1959)

What better way of giving than to offer a piece of art? So for those of you who are pressed for time, or simply don’t know what to buy or would like to peruse a few of my paintings & drawings, here is an easy way! Just click here for either a digital version or a printed version of some of my paintings & drawings that I have done over the years. An added perk is that the texts are written in English & in French!
http://www.blurb.ca/b/8458456-a-few-stories-with-watercolours-and-drawings

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:: Ring your own bell ::

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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, inviting trusted friends to come over and critique goes part of the way, but it doesn’t always ring the bell. Art is a rare pursuit where participants have to learn to ring their own bells.

In my Creative Workflow class, students need to draw a complex line art drawing, then convert it into a digital format using Adobe Illustrator then bring it into Photoshop to actually paint it in watercolour with the help of a Wacom Intuos Pro digital tablet. The end result is usually quite amazing! The students also seem to love it, as they seem to go into a very zen mood.

I use my watercolour painting palette, scan it in, bring it into Photoshop, and then use the eyedropper tool to extract the actual colours and then proceed to paint with the Mixer Brush… which actually does what the tool says that it does. It mixes the colours together. I have been playing with this tool and I have actually managed to use a limited palette for this flower. So I have screened-shot my Photoshop screen so that you can see how I work and see the result.

Medium: Adobe CC Photoshop

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:: Flanders Fields ::

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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 ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
     Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
— by John McCrae, May 1915

For Remembrance Day I decided of course to paint poppies and I used a wet-in-wet technique… which means to totally immerse your paper in water and then sponge off the excess. The paper that I used did not soak up that much water to my surprise! But hey! I am no aficionado!!! This poem to me would make a wonderful song… has it been done? Does anyone know?

Paper: The Langton from Daler Rowley (which I bought in London — hahah)
Watercolours: DS Pyrrol Scarlet, MG Ultramarine & some DS New Gamboge

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:: No more borders ::

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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.

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Drawing people is difficult for me… and as you can see today I drew a man that turned out to be a woman! So hard to get the exact likeness…20181104-profile-drawing-jane-hannah

:: Flowing ::

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— 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 this week alone I corrected 175 of them on top of department meetings so my Inktober resolve has disintegrated into work-related activities… oh well… it was to be expected…

I am preparing for the Square Foot Art Exhibition taking place on Saturday November 10th in Senneville and this is one of the drawings that I will be displaying. If you feel like it, you can drop by and say hello or even buy one of the 100 paintings that will be displayed on that day by 25 artists. All for a very good cause as some of the funds are going to the Montreal Old Brewery Mission.

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Century 3776
Ink: De Atramantis Document Black

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:: Lighthouses ::

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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 second life as they are being converted into museums, inns or cottages. As I have been on the Inktober 2018 prompt trail for 13 days in a row, I needed a bit of colour in my life, so I think that I did overdo it a tad… but no matter, it was fun!

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:: Inktober 13 :: Guarded ::

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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 my last one of the day. I love dogs and here is a sheepdog guarding his flock of sheep.

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte
Fountain Pen: Pilot Namiki SEF

#inktober2018 #inktober #sheep #dog #guarded #drawing #ink

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:: Inktober 12 :: Whale ::

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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 in heat

All is well, as long as we keep spinning
Here and now, dancing behind a wall
When the old songs and laughter we do
Are forgiven always and never been true

When I arrive, will you come and find me?
Or in a crowd, be one of them?
Wore the wrong sign back beside her
Know tomorrow’s at peace
— Suspirium by Thom Yorke

Listening to the haunting song “Suspirium” by Thom Yorke (Radiohead) in which the piano plays like a lullaby. I had so many images come up for the whale prompt today and I chose to do a bit of a surreal world… What I am really enjoying is painting with inks as even once you have put them on the page, you can pull them this way and that way, add water or almost do whatever you want with them as they take a long time to dry. Ideal for playing around with inks & effects -)

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Ink: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star Matte
Fountain Pen: Pilot Namiki SEF

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:: Inktober 11 :: Cruel ::

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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 that. And barks are only a small part of the dog language. A wagging tail can mean so many things. Humans know that it means a dog is pleased, but not what a dog is saying about his pleasedness.
— Dodie Smith from The 101 Dalmatians

After a day at work, my imagination is low so I just painted a favourite cartoon character of mine, Cruella Deville from The 101 Dalmatians! Her name comes from combining the words “cruel” and “evil”.

Fountain pen: Pilot Namiki SEF
Ink: DeAtramentis Document Black Ink and then I painted with DeAtramentis DocumentFog Grey Ink .

#inktober2018 #inktober #Cruella #Drawing #Painting

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:: Inktober 9 :: Precious ::

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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 most stunning in my region. With rain announced and some high winds, this might be the only day that the trees are heavy with leaves marking this day as so precious. So I had to paint one of the beautiful trees that line up our street. A bit of ink, and a lot of watercolours -)

I first painted the background sky, then I painted the foliage and I finished with the tree trunk and limbs. I think that in my earnestness I painted in too many limbs…

#inktober2018 #inktober #watercolour #tree #fall #foliage

Paper: The Langton from Daler Rowney

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:: Inktober 8 :: Star ::

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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.

Musing over some present events, I have to admit that we live in an Age of Enlightenment as well as the Dark Ages at the same time. Enlightenment because of the technological benefits that permit us to advance in many ways but in the Dark Ages concerning the stupidity of man, especially the political one, and his effect on our planet. Oooh at least the stars and the Universe are untouched…

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Brush: Chinese Calligraphy Bamboo brush
Inks: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black Star

#inktober2018 #inktober #star #moleskine

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:: Inktober 7 :: Exhausted :::

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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 to me this past week that in English we “watch” TV but in Québécois french we “listen” to TV and that is something that I had never really realized until they mentioned it! One friend told me last night that that was because french people were very poor and had no TVs in the old days and that they listened to a radio show called “Séraphin” and then years later it became a TV show… so people continued saying that they listen to TV. For me radio shows are a soothing companion on my drive to and from work. I mainly listen to TV which by the way exasperates my husband as he keeps telling me: “Did you see that?” and of course I have not -)))

I used Bombay Black India ink today and Sennelier Carmin Ink and they did not mix well as you can see below the dog’s tongue. Oh well — it is quite fun trying out these inks and mixes, I am learning quit a lot even though these are far from master works… but they are good trial runs.

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Brush: Chinese Calligraphy Bamboo brush
Inks: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Bombay Black Ink and Encre Sennelier Carmin 635 Carmine

#inktober2018 #inktober #exhausted #moleskine

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:: Inktober 5 :: Chicken ::

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— 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 beautiful fountain pen fully loaded with De Atramentis Document Black Ink, nirvana is very close indeed — have a nice evening -)

#inktober2018 #inktober

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:: Inktober 3 :: Roasted ::

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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 by James Taylor 

Well everything went out the window today…. when I got home we had no electricity and had not since noon! It seems as though someone on the street decided to cut a tree and let it fall on the hydro lines. Very smart indeed! Then I was supposed to do value sketching with one colour only for Inktober… and see what I came up with? Oh well, on Friday I will try for another one.

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Fountain Pen: Falcon Pilot SEF with De Atramentis Document Black Ink
PITT artist pen black 199
Watercolours: New Gamboge & Pyrrol Scarlet

#inktober #inktober2018 #sketching #roasted #marshmalloss #fire

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:: Intober 2 :: Tranquil ::

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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/

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Here are the tools below that I will be using through the month of October for the #Inktober2018 challenge. For the #Inktober2017 challenge I only used one black ink, one white ink and allowed myself to add one watercolour in a drawing from time to time. This year I will try to stay with levels of grey for the month… Let’s see if I am able to stick to it -))) It will be a great exercise to work with values only…

From left to right:
• Dip pen
• 2 watercolour brushes
• Pilot Falcon SEF Fountain Pen filled up with De Atramentis Document Black Ink
• Dr Ph Martin’s Bombay Black India Ink
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White
• Dr. Ph. Martin’s Black
• Small watercolour palette
• Moleskine Japanese Japanese Album Sketchbook

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:: Inktober 1 :: Poisonous ::

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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 quote rings very true! This is the first day of October, thus my first post for #Inktober2018. Everything was done with ink, except for the red, which was done in watercolour!

Here in Québec it was the provincial election day and when I went to vote this morning I saw all kinds of things happening. A man before me stayed at least 10 minutes in his stall… he seemed to be wondering who to vote for (I think that for this election, many people felt like him). Then the woman following him forgot to put her ballot in the box and the election officers were running after her to remind her. My ballot stayed stuck in the slot so I had to push it 3 times for it to enter!!! Anyway, I did my civic duty and I am hoping for the best even though I am pretty sure that I will again lose my elections… as I have several times in my life -)))

Paper: Moleskine Japanese Album
Inks: Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White & Black Star matte
Pens: Dip pen, watercolour brush & Pilot Falcon SEF

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Here is the Inktober 2018 prompt list, if you are interested in joining -)))

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:: Labour Day weekend ::

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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… Here is my bouquet of flowers for you on this rainy, humid and quiet day as autumn is just around the corner. The swallows have already left, the blackbirds are slowly returning south and flying over our heads, the goldfinches are turning brown, the chipmunks have their mouths full of seeds, the squirrels are returning, the brook is slowly filling up and the drier tree leaves are rustling in the wind. Autumn is on the way!

Paper: Fluid 100 12″x12″
Fountain Pen: Platinum Century 3776
Ink: DeAtramentis Document Black Ink

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:: A few stories ::

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“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 you are not there.”
— (Cesare Parvese) taken from the Painter’s Keys

Just to let you know that I do have a booklet for sale on the Blurb.com website, if ever you are interested in purchasing one -) It is a compilation of some of my best artwork and a little souvenir! LINK

A few Stories with Watercolours & Drawings & Texts
A few Stories …
A journey
By Jane Hannah
Photo book

:: Marché des éclusiers ::

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“I’d rather be a could-be if I cannot be an are;
Because a could-be is a maybe who is reaching for a star.
I’d rather be a has-been than a might-have-been, by far;
For a might-have-been has never been, but a has was once an are.”
(Milton Berle)

If I had one place to hang out on weekends in Montreal, surely this would be one of the places. You have it all! The waterfront, bike trails, old beautiful buildings, entertainment, great restaurants, tons of activities, exhibitions of all kind, a marina and I pass. And these beautiful vintage old silo buildings which are part of Montreal’s history!

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:: Just for today… ::

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     Just for today I’m going to try to make a better painting. We’re not talking Sistine Chapel here, just a piece of joy begun and ended between sunup and sundown.
     Just for today I’ll be happy with it. As Abraham Lincoln said, “Most folks are as happy as they make up their minds to be.” Today I’m making up my mind to be pleased.
     Just for today I’m trusting in luck, intuition, chance and happenstance. Today I’m going to fit myself and my work around some of these minor miracles.
     Just for today I’ll strengthen my mind. When I’m puzzled or have a problem I’ll consult trusted reference. Thought and concentration will be with me, if only just for today.
     Just for today I’ll do something I don’t know how to do — for the fun of it; for the exercise. If and when I fail, no one may notice, and I’ll not say anything.
     Just for today I’ll not find fault with anything or anyone, and I’ll not try to improve or regulate anyone but myself.
     Just for today I’ll have a plan. I may not follow it exactly, but I’ll have it. While I’m at it, I’ll save myself from two pests; hurry and indecision.
     Just for today I’ll put beauty, elegance, charm and character into my work. What I give to the world is also what the world gives to me. I need those things.
     Just for today I’ll not think about what anybody else is doing. I’ll be sufficient unto myself, for while I may not be great, I am certainly great enough for today.
     Just for today I’ll take some real time for a quiet time — a half-hour or so by myself where I can sit back and get a better idea of the big picture.
— The Painter’s Key

This is such a beautiful poem that touches me deeply. It comes from the heart, and it is an artist that wrote it. I really needed this mantra just now as after painting with the wonderful Montreal Urban Sketchers today at la Maison des éclusiers, I was met with major traffic jams, orange cones galore… it took me 1 hour to get out of the city, and another 50 minutes to get home! There was so much traffic… sigh…

Sketchbook: Hand}book paper co., the field watercolor jounal
Colours: New Gamboge, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine
Location: Maison des éclusiers, Vieux-Montréal

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:: The Art Spirit ::

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In considering lines as a means of drawing, it is well to remember that the line practically does not exist in nature. It is a convention we use.
— The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

For those of you who are interested in the spirit of art, I highly recommend this book The Art Spirit by Robert Henri who was a teacher in NYC and died in 1929. “Henri was an inspired teacher with an extraordinary gift for verbal communication, with the personality and prophetic fire that transformed pupils into idolators.”

I have this 5″x 8″ sketchbook next to me when I am watching tele at night and I draw what I see in front of me… which is mostly my husband. My dog is constantly moving around, and the minute that he sees me watching him, he gets up and wants to play even though he has turned 8! So yesterday I decided to look at a woman on the tele, and then draw her from memory. I think that this is a good mental exercise to do… remembering what things look like without looking… A bit like hide and seek in art -)

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:: A few tries later… ::

Great love is never justified. It’s like the little tree that springs up in some inexplicable fashion on the side of a cliff: where are its roots, what does it feed on, what miracle produces those green leaves?
— Wisława Szymborska (July 2, 1923–February 1, 2012)

Last night I decided to draw my husband and he kept moving non-stop even though he did not realize that I was trying to draw him. It took me eight tries to eventually get this somewhat decent one, at least one that shows some sensitivity towards the model. He tends to look fatter in this drawing than he really is…

I have been looking at Joseph Zbukvik’s wonderful video Planning your painting, and what a guy and what an artist! He is very generous with his knowledge and at some point in the video he says that we should draw without ever lifting the pencil from the paper… and this is what I tried today. I liked the sensation of doing this and I should practice this more often. Definitely something that I will be teaching my students this coming semester.

Paper: The Colour of Water Sketchbook from the MMFA
Lead Pencil 0.5
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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