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 through the first stages of painting, a face appears in my car window. The man smiled at me and seemed to be wondering what I was doing there, so right away I decided to show him what I was doing. Well! He could not contain himself as he wanted me to see his 40 oil paintings. So he says: “Let me show you my 40 paintings — hell! no one seems them”. He seemed so nice! I got out of the car that was parked in the road, left everything in it, did not even lock it or bring my car keys (what was I thinking?) and followed him. Luckily this was on a very secluded road and I guessed that my painting materials, and car, and purse, would still be there when I returned? We went into his house and he showed me his 40 paintings… some in the kitchen, living room, bedroom? and basement? Geez! What was I thinking!!! Well, turns out that he was a very nice and enthusiastic man that just wanted to share his job of painting. His wife appeared as I was leaving the house (wonder what she was thinking about me!) I really think that I am watching too many movies. When I retold the story to my husband he told me calmly: “Jane, you should not be going into strange man’s houses alone”. So guess what? When I got back into the car, the purse and all of the painting materials and the keys were still in the ignition -) I left with my unfinished painting…

So tonight I quickly drew people that are in James Richards’ excellent website James Richards. I love the way that he draws people.

Il y a une ferme à Rigaud que je voulais peindre depuis un bout de temps. Donc aujourd’hui j’ai stationné mon automobile dans la rue et je me suis mis à peindre… et soudainement je vois le visage d’un homme qui rentre sa tête dans la vitre ouverte. Je réalise qu’il se demande ce que je fais et je lui montre ma peinture. Eh bien! Il en revenait pas et voulait absolument que je vois ses 40 peintures à l’huile! Contre mon meilleur jugement je suis sortie de l’auto, en laissant mes clés, ma bourse, tous mes matériaux de peinture et mon auto — débarrée et toute prête à se faire voler! Qu’est-ce que je pensais??? Anyway, je l’ai suivi dans sa maison pour voir ses peintures dans la cuisine, le salon, la chambre à coucher? le sous-sol? Le portique? Qu’est-ce que je pensais, pouvez-vous me le dire? En sortant de la maison, sa femme arrivait et je me demande ce qu’elle pensait elle aussi? 

Donc quand je suis retournée dans mon auto, pas capable de peindre et je suis revenue à la maison les mains bredouilles. Ce soir j’ai dessiné des personnes et je me suis basée sur les excellents dessins de personnage de James Richards.

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Ink: Noodlers #41 Brown & Black
Pen: TWISBI Mini EF Fountain Pen

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A Fascination with Trees :: Une fascination avec les arbres

I have a fascination with trees… I love them. Have you ever noticed how some people seem weary of trees? When there are no trees over my head, I feel naked, not protected nor secure… these noble specimens are a big part of my environment and of my life philosophy… they breathe for us. So perusing through a book that I have just bought, lo and behold, there is a whole section on how to draw trees. So this exercise was made by replicating what James Richards has drawn in his book Freehand Drawing & Discovery which is an excellent book on sketching. I drew what he drew in his book… which makes sketching so much easier as he has already done all of the work of observing for moi.

J’aime les arbres… et toutes les sortes d’arbres. Je n’ai jamais rencontré un arbre dans ma vie que je n’ai pas aimé car ils sont tous beaux. Avez-vous déjà remarqué comment certaines personnes n’aiment pas rester sous un arbre? Moi c’est le contraire… je me sens protégée par leur couverture et quand il n’y en a pas, je me sens toute nue. Donc voici des arbres que j’ai dessinés à partir de croquis que James Richard dans son très beau livre Freehand Drawing & Discovery a dessiné. C’est toujours plus facile de dessiner quand quelqu’un d’autre a tout fait le travail de l’observation. 

Paper: Larolan Sketchbook, 10″ x 8″
Watercolours: Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith & Schminke
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Rose Madder Genuine and Serpentine Genuine
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Pen: Pilot Flexigrip
Book: Freehand Drawing & Discovery by James Richard

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