Tag Archives: Canada

:: 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 … 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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:: Beautiful silent skies ::

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. (Hans Jean Arp) When I … Continue reading

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Shadows :: Ombres

As the snow is melting everywhere, there are many remnants in my backyard… we still have at least 2 feet of snow on the Mountain of Rigaud and I am grappling with the idea that I want spring to arrive, … Continue reading

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Intertwined :: Entrecroisés

These two trees seem to have lived for a very long time, side by side, looking over the beautiful Lake St. Francis (now thawing) and perhaps having at one moment in time, only the wind, birds and a few human … Continue reading

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Air of spring :: Air printanier

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”  ― Albert Camus This morning when I woke up there was a mini snowstorm going … Continue reading

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:: Sketch Swap ::

“The seasonal urge is strong in poets. Milton wrote chiefly in winter. Keats looked for spring to wake him up (as it did in the miraculous months of April and May, 1819). Burns chose autumn. Longfellow liked the month of … Continue reading

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Commission

Commission: an order for something, especially a work of art, to be produced specially. I wanted to explain the steps that I go through when I receive a commission from a client. For this example I am working from a reference photograph. … 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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New Year’s Eve :: Veille du Jour de l’an

Tonight for the New Year, or Saint Sylvester, there will be many festivities, family reunions and friends feasting together…  I will be one of those. I am lucky to have a few good friends, a wonderful family and a loving … Continue reading

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Knowledge & words & lines :: Le savoir & les mots & les lignes

All knowledge cannot be expressed in words, yet our education is based almost exclusively on its written or spoken forms. But the artist, dancer, and mystic have learned to develop the nonverbal portion of intelligence. ― Robert Ornstein, american psychologist I … Continue reading

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Dominical painting :: Peinture dominicale

“An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished.”  ― John Singer Sargent We have had so many parties, family encounters and friend requests, … Continue reading

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Memoirs of Hadrian

Do the best one can. Do it over again. Then still improve, even if ever so slightly, those retouches. “It is myself that I re-make,” said the poet Yeats in speaking of his revisions. — Memoirs of Hadrian, Marguerite Yourcenar. … 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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Gouin West :: Gouin ouest

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” ― George Bernard Shaw As I was in Pierrefonds yesterday morning, I decided to paint this pack of small houses. I used … Continue reading

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Indian Sculpture :: Sculpture indienne

Yesterday was my second watercolour class with a great teacher, Marc, and here is his BLOG if you would like to know a bit about him. This course takes place at SynStudio on St. Catherine street in Montreal, Québec, Canada. … Continue reading

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A place to paint the seasons :: Un endroit pour peindre les saisons

A few months ago I found a place that lent itself well for painting the different seasons that we have here in Québec, Canada. So here is my mountain, where I live, and which is very inspiring in many ways … 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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Blue atmosphere :: Le bleu et l’atmosphère

Just before starting to paint, I think about the 3 colours that I will use and I always start with the blue… I find that this is “the”colour that determines alot of the atmosphere in a painting. Today, by choosing … 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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Things from the past :: Ces choses du passé

I would never have guessed that painting would have shown me what I truly love… I had not realized that I love old barns as much as I do. I think that in general I like old stuff as my … 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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Autumn is just around the corner :: L’automne est presque arrivé

Autumn is just around the corner. The air is crisp and still, the birds are quiet and the days are saying goodbye much earlier… For this painting I chose Prussian Blue, which is an amazing blue, if you are painting … Continue reading

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Colours & my eyes :: Les yeux & couleurs

This past week was very intense at school and I spent most of my weekend preping and correcting students’ work. So I had very little time to even think about painting or sketching. So today I rushed out at 3:00 … 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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