Tag Archives: Aquarelle

Roman Baths

My second day with Jane Blundell and her 5-day bootcamp and I have to say that it is quite wonderful… she is a natural teacher, knowledgeable,very nice and has a good rhythm. Not too many demos, always interesting information and … Continue reading

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Sunday Sketching, Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire on July 10th

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love,” — Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother. On Sunday July 10th the Montreal Urban Sketchers  have been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall … Continue reading

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Mother :: Maman

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. — John Ruskin Guy and I went to the National Gallery of … Continue reading

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Sunny flowers for a rainy day :: Fleurs jaunes pour une journée pluvieuse

L’expérience est une lanterne que l’on porte sur le dos et qui n’éclaire que le chemin parcouru – Confucius I would say that my greatest challenge in painting is deciding on “what” to paint. When I enjoy what I am … Continue reading

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Colour swatches :: Pastilles de couleurs

This exercise might seem and look futile for many, but it is not. As during the work week I doodle and draw more than I paint, the colours seem to leave my eyes. By doing this exercise, it helps me … Continue reading

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Snow is melting fast :: Le neige fond vite

The temperatures have soared this past week and we had a high of 14C and the snow is melting fast. So I hurried out today for my last snow scene painting of the season as by this weekend, the fields … Continue reading

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Cup of tea :: Tasse de thé

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of … Continue reading

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Corner of Du Marché Street :: Coin rue Du Marché

When I was very very young, my mother had told me that I could not go further than this corner… I remember full well one day of setting foot on the “other” side of that corner — the forbidden one! … Continue reading

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In Love with… :: En amour avec…

I have been waiting for today’s weather for quite awhile now… sunny and crisp, with beautiful long shadows and fresh snow. This has to be my favourite spot to paint in the Rigaud area as it has everything that I … Continue reading

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Hidden gem :: Bijou caché

There are things ye maybe canna tell me, he had said. I willna ask ye, or force ye. But when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. There is nothing between us but respect, and respect has … Continue reading

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Shades of grey :: Nuances de gris

When you are old and grey and full of sleep, And nodding by the fire, take down this book, And slowly read, and dream of the soft look Your eyes had once, and of their shadows deep; How many loved … Continue reading

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Vintage Opera Glasses :: Lunettes pour l’opéra

When I was very young my mother, who has a fabulous alto voice, would go to the opera in Montreal with my father. She would put on beautiful dresses and bring these wonderful opera glasses… all clad in mother of … Continue reading

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In the hope of painting :: Dans l’espoir de peindre

Here is the St. James Cemetery in Hudson that I painted yesterday… but only had time to scan in today. Winter is upon us and we had 10 cm of snow today, which felt really nice and my road is … Continue reading

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Four Barns :: Quatre granges

I asked my Mom the other day which of my paintings that she preferred and she told me Memoirs of Hadrian. As I had painted it in a small sketchbook, I had to paint it again… and again… and again, … Continue reading

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McGill Building :: Bâtisse

I always try parking in the same area at my job… and it is not always fruitful. So this is the view when I park in my favourite spot on the John Abbott Campus… I have a view of one … Continue reading

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The Sketch Hunter :: Le chasseur de sketch

THE SKETCH HUNTER has delightful days of drifting about among people, in and out of the city, going anywhere, everywhere, stopping as long as he likes — no need to reach any point, moving in any direction following the call … Continue reading

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Little shed :: Petite shed

I have been yearning to get out to paint the fall foliage and I went back to one of my favourite spots… chemin Harwood where you can see the majestic Calvaire Mountain. As you most probably know, I love old … Continue reading

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Still Life :: Nature morte

I have an interesting story to tell you. Yesterday I went to my first watercolour class in Montreal and we were about 12 people there. A person that I had never met in my life came up to me and … Continue reading

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Study in Blue, part II :: Étude de bleus, partie II

I wanted to rectify my explanations that I gave on my last post on how I use and choose paint colours. As some of you seem to have understood, I do not paint the entire surface with a blue wash… … Continue reading

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For whom the bell tolls :: Pour qui sonne le glas

This is a beautifully maintained church where the parishioners of St-Louis-de-Gonzague seem very proud of. The bells of the church are still tolled by hand, like in the old times. No, I will not be talking about Ernest Hemingway’s book today. … Continue reading

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What a day :: Quelle journée

After a full and frazzled day, I decided to soothe my soul and go to St-Louis-de-Gonzague with Pyper in tow (for those of you who do not know, he is my dog, a Golden Retriever). I love autumn as the … Continue reading

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Old House :: Vieille maison

This is a very old house in Rigaud. I went with my dog today to paint and I opened up the hatchback and I sat there… Pyper went and fuddled in the grass, sniffing and looking at every grass blade … Continue reading

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Joni Mitchell

“Oh I am a lonely painter I live in a box of paints I’m frightened by the devil And I’m drawn to those ones that ain’t afraid Joni Mitchell’s lyrics A Case of You have been with me since my … Continue reading

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Farm on Route 201 :: Ferme sur route 201

Coming back from my mothers today I decided to sketch this farm… the colour of the sky was fantastic and quite rare — just like in California — with no clouds. The air and views were crisp as the humidity … Continue reading

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Sky :: Ciel

I had just a tiny timeframe today to paint… so when I arrived at this scene, I decided to paint the skies as I need practice with them… but kept on painting and could not stop. To paint this sky … Continue reading

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