:: The lopsided pine ::

La Barre and other Musicians
9 May 1663.
At Mr Jarvas’s my old barber, I did try two or three borders and periwigs, meaning to wear one, and yet I have no stomach for it, but the pains of keeping my hair clean is so great. He trimmed me, and at last I parted, but my mind was almost altered from my first purpose, from the trouble that I foresee will be in wearing them also.

I have been reading a booklet entitled: Costume in Art by the National Gallery in London and the themes are quite funny sometimes as you can read in the above two paragraphs. Every century has its own moments of pain…

Met up with two of my sketching friends, Mai & Linda at my Cegep today. The weather was gorgeous and the friendship too! I was also glad to give a tour of my beautiful campus and in the afternoon we moved on to the McGill part of the campus to sketch some farm silos. Had a nice day.

Paper: Hand•book Field watercolour journal
Colours: Q. Gold, B. Sienna, B. Umber & Ultramarine
Location: Cégep John Abbott College, Québec, Canada


Plein air painting :: Peindre en plein-air

More often than not, I’ve found, a rut is the consequence of sticking to tried and tested methods that don’t take into account how you or the world has changed.
–Twyla Tharp

Today was a gloriously beautiful day and I decided that I would paint in plein-air! I did not know where, when or what but I knew that it would feel very good to be outside, as opposed to drawing inside from a photograph on the computer…. and I was right. I paint faster outdoors as the wind, sun and bees twirl about my head inciting me to move my hand and paint. There is a certain energy to painting outdoors as the vista is three dimensional and if I just bend my head a bit, I can see behind the branch… and if I sit up straighter, I can see above the shrub. When painting or drawing from a photograph, even if you move your head a bit, you cannot see behind the shrub. I veered the car in the direction of my beautiful college campus, Cégep John Abbott College, and painted part of the Casgrain building, which houses the student lounge, the Agora, a pool, the gymnasiums, the tennis, squash courts as well as a fast food court.

Aujourd’hui, c’était une belle journée et j’ai décidé que je voudrais peindre en plein-air! Je ne sais pas où, quand ou quoi, mais je savais que ce serait à l’extérieur, par opposition à peindre à l’intérieur un dessin d’une photo numérique… Je peins plus rapidement à l’extérieur car le vent, le soleil et les abeilles virevoltent autour de ma tête en m’incitant à bouger avec ces éléments. Il y a une certaine énergie à peindre en plein air car la vue est en trois dimensions et si je penche ma tête un peu, je peux voir derrière la branche … et si je m’assoie plus droite, je vais voir par-dessus l’arbuste. En peignant d’une photographie, même si vous bougez la tête un peu, vous ne pouvez pas voir derrière l’arbuste. J’ai viré la voiture dans la direction de mon beau campus, le Cégep John Abbott College, et peint une partie du bâtiment Casgrain, qui abrite le salon étudiant, l’Agora, une piscine, des gymnases, le tennis, le squash ainsi qu’une restauration rapide.

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 8″x8″
Colours: Aureolin, Burnt Sienna & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Vintage German Senator Fine
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Gray
Location: John Abbott College, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Québec, Canada