At the end of the day :: À la fin du jour

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual—become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
—The Art Spirit, Robert Henri.

I have been missing painting/drawing/thinking about painting in the past days but either that I am too busy or just too tired… yikes! The semester has been long, with many hardships and some joys. My students are very nice, and most of them seem interested in what I have to say, so this fills most of my days with meaning… other days are filled with grading, course lessons, course plans, correcting, giving back grades, and trying to bring up my energy levels to suffice the requirements of teaching 85 16-18 year olds. I get home happy, fatigued and in great need of some quiet time!

De ce temps-ci, je n’ai que le temps de préparer/corriger/planfier mes cours et très peu pour peindre, dessiner ou même réfléchir sur la peinture. Ça me manque, mais bientôt je vais avoir du temps pour renouer avec ces choses que j’aime tant! 

Paper: Hank•book Travelogue series
Colours: New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna and Payne’s Grey
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey


Amarone II

You know that I am extremely busy when I publish a value sketch instead of a finished painting… the reason is that I am nearing the end of the semester and I have been correcting non-stop every weekend for the past 3 weekends and will continue doing so for, it seems, eternity -).

This is my brothers’ sailboat, a CS Merlin 36, which I plan on painting from a photograph. I used Payne’s Grey to evaluate the tonal values, about 3 (from light to dark) and plan on the composition of the painting. I am hoping to paint it some time soon. This is a very good way of planning a painting.

Vous savez que je suis très occupée quand je publie un sketch en valeurs de tons au lieu d’une peinture. Par contre, je dois dire que c’est un très bon exercice à faire pour planifier une peinture, car j’évalue les valeurs de tons de l’image ainsi que la composition… un deux en un -)

Paper: Hand•book Travelogue 5″ x 5″
Colours: Payne’s Grey
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF