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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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Three for one :: Trois pour un

“A friend,” wrote the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue in his beautiful meditation on the Ancient Celtic notion of anam cara, “awakens your life in order to free the wild possibilities within you.” — Brain Pickings My first love has to … Continue reading

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The wall in front :: Le mur en face

Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad. (Salvador Dali). I think that what I love best is to draw… even though the process of painting makes me the … Continue reading

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Take 1 & 2 :: Prises 1 & 2

Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands. Then you can think of the thing before you. (Sherwood Anderson) My jittery … Continue reading

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Patience is perfection :: La patience est perfection

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
— Paul Klee This is not the first time that I try painting my beautiful brook… and it surely will not be the last! So, I treaded carefully today, drawing first … Continue reading

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Sleeping Beauties :: Les beautés somnolentes

In the province of Québec, hockey is a passion. Every saturday night, when hockey season is ongoing, especially when the Montreal Canadians are playing, my husband and Pyper (our dog) get settled down to watch the game… and within a … Continue reading

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Spring Cleaning :: Ménage du printemps

When I am finishing a picture I hold some God-made object up to it–a rock, a flower, the branch of a tree or my hand–as a kind of final test. If the painting stands up beside a thing man cannot … Continue reading

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The majestic tree :: Arbre majestueux

I am the voice of wind and wave and tree, Of stern desires and blind, Of strength to be… — Charles G. D. Roberts “Autochthon” Trees have longer lives than ours and were here before man. How strange to me … Continue reading

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Destiny :: Destinée

“Each man had only one genuine vocation – to find the way to himself…. His task was to discover his own destiny – not an arbitrary one – and to live it out wholly and resolutely within himself. Everything else … Continue reading

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Arthur Rackham

“Like the sundial, my paint box counts no hours but sunny ones.”  ― Arthur Rackham While I was drawing a section of my kitchen this morning, I started thinking about drawing with a fine ink pen and my mind automatically drifted … Continue reading

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Reverse order :: Ordre inversé

While I was drawing a typical house architecture in the region of Valleyfield today, I started thinking about certain differences that I encounter when drawing versus watercolour painting. When I first start looking at a subject, in this case the … Continue reading

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Feathers :: Plumes

Drawing in a Moleskine Sketchbook with a good quality fountain pen is heaven for me. As the sketchbook has a glaze finish on the pages, the ink flows smoothly without scratching. It reminds me of my young days as a … Continue reading

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Restating Exercise

I just wanted to mention that I have amazing students this year, for both of the courses that I teach in first and second year in our Publication Design & Hypermedia program. This is a three year program at CÉGEP … Continue reading

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What was I thinking? :: Qu’est-ce que je pensais?

The other day I  passed in front of a farmhouse that I found beautiful and today was the day that I was going to paint it… well! It seems as though that was not to be. As I was halfway … Continue reading

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Those eyes :: Ces yeux…

Drawing faces is my next challenge… so I started with the eyes. I am also letting you know that we are going to NYC… so I will probably not be able to post as we will be quite busy. I … Continue reading

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Daily Sketching/Drawing

For the past three weeks I have been neglecting my daily sketching/drawing moments for a reason. I sprained my knee 3 weeks ago and with the physio treatments, on top of my teaching duties plus the routine of walking in … Continue reading

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Vertical Lines :: Lignes verticales

You know that I have been quite busy when I submit a drawing (instead of a painting) as this takes much more time. So today I had but a few minutes to sketch… and I have had, in the back … Continue reading

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Painting is a Discipline :: La peinture est une discipline

The past two weeks have been quite hectic as we are in the last stretch of the semester… and because of this, I have not been able to paint as much as I as would have liked to (I usually … Continue reading

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Wing Chair

Everyone should have a wing chair to read in… they are wonderful. So here is part of my living room, drawn quickly last night. It took about 20 minutes. There is a liberty, a spontaneity and a freshness that happens … Continue reading

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Rigaud Train 2

This morning I went to do some photography with Guy, then came back and went to see The Tempest Opera with my friend Hélène, produced by Robert Lepage. Got home and did not have much time to paint… but I at … Continue reading

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Grungy Room

I have been drawing on a daily basis since this week and I have found that I am drawing anywhere and everywhere and anything. Drawing takes less time than painting, and I had alot of fun with this drawing. I … Continue reading

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Old Floral Candleholder :: Vieux chandelier floral

I have been putting more care into my scans lately. I used to just scan my paintings in my very low end scanner, and would not retouch at all in Photoshop… even though I have taught Photoshop for many years. … Continue reading

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Still Life :: Nature morte

This is a drawing that I did in my Moleskine Sketchbook A5 size (8.3″ x 5.8″). I did this in 15 minutes as I have decided that I would draw, or paint, at least 15 minutes every day. This is … Continue reading

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