Tag Archives: Larolan

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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Colour value thumbnails :: Vignettes de valeurs en couleurs

“Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” — Leonardo Da Vinci When I really want to succeed in a painting as opposed to just fuddling around and experimenting … Continue reading

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21 days :: 21 jours

Today is the first day of December and my hopes of seeing the days grow longer are getting closer… the winter solstice, or Midwinter, is on December 21! For those of you who do not live in the northern hemisphere, … Continue reading

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Plateau Architecture :: Architecture du Plateau

Today was quite a cold day, close to freezing and they had forecast rain, but we were lucky. About 20 urban and courageous sketchers gathered in the Mount Royal Metro today to start off the day. Everyone seemed to be … 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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A very special Day :: Une journée bien spéciale

Today is my mother’s 88th birthday and her 62nd wedding anniversary with my Dad. My life is privileged, as both of my parents are still living, healthy and smart. So I wish you a Happy Birthday and a Wonderful Anniversary to … Continue reading

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Mont Calvaire Mountain

This is the type of scene that is the most difficult for me as it has no real lines to follow and is very vague. To add to this is that the minute that I paint/draw these scenes, they seem … Continue reading

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The Owl :: L’hibou

I grew up in Valleyfield and right in front of the park (where we always used to hang out during the summer playing volleyball), there was this huge clock that we had named “The Owl”. This building housed the A. … Continue reading

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Postures

This must be the hardest thing for me to paint… postures. My brain simply cannot get the free-flowing and timeline movements that is required to paint a person that is in movement. So I opened the book that I have … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Poutte poutte poutte que désirez-vous?

Here is an iconic family restaurant that has been part of  the Quebec landscape since 1951 and was founded by Hélène and René Léger who setup their first restaurant on St. Hubert street in Montreal… they make delicious roasted chicken. … Continue reading

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Just A House :: Juste une maison

Here is a house on my street. I painted this in the Larolan sketchbook, which I still find sublime. It is amazing just how much water this paper can take, considering that it is not very thick. For this painting … Continue reading

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Calm Day :: Journée calme

After yesterday’s high winds, this morning I jumped in the car to see if there were any trees that fell on our lot. Very few branches fell, which is quite surprising, and no trees — yeah! So while I was … Continue reading

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Baby it’s cold outside :: Y fait frette dehors

Throughout the province of Quebec, the temperature is hovering around -20°C and they are announcing -26°C for tomorrow and on Thursday…. brrrrrrr! Actually it’s really not that bad as it is a dry cold instead of a humid cold. So … Continue reading

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Mary Queen of the World Cathedral :: Basilique Cathédrale Marie-Reine du Monde

Today about 16 people regrouped for the Montreal Sketchcrawl. This cathedral took 17 years to build, from 1870 to 1878 and the second phase, from 1885 to 1894… and the beautiful dome was finished in 1886 and is Quebec’s third largest … Continue reading

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Colours in my Eyes :: Couleurs dans mes yeux

As I mentioned yesterday, once I stop painting, even for a few days, my colours are not synchronized with my painting. So I find that whenever I am in this situation, this type of exercise really helps to bring back … Continue reading

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My Street in Rigaud :: Ma rue à Rigaud

I have not been able to paint at all this week as my life, all of a sudden, turned quite hectic and topsy-turvy . So usually, after a hiatus of a few days, I lose all my painting senses… observation, hand … Continue reading

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Grey Misty Day :: Journée grise et brumeuse

Today was a typical grey and misty January day… and on these days, to curl up and read a good book is heaven. I had difficulty painting this scene as the sky and the snow were grey, so this is … Continue reading

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Chemin Ste-Marie in St-Clet

A beautiful Quebec oldstyle farm on chemin St. Marie in St. Clet (founded in 1850, population 1738). After yesterday’s painting slump, I knew that today would be better as I knew exactly where I was driving to and that I … Continue reading

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Happy New Year :: Bonne et heureuse Année ;-)

I wish you health, love, wisdom and a long life. Thank you for being part of my blog on drawing and painting that started in May 2012…. Your comments, likes, visits, emails, telephone calls, encouragement, have touched me. They stimulate … Continue reading

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The Snow has Arrived :: La neige est arrivée

I started painting 7 months ago, always using the same steps. First, I draw with a 2B or HB pencil, then go over the lines with a fountain pen (either black or grey ink) adding more detail, and once the … Continue reading

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Ladder :: Échelle

I do not really understand what is happening but I have been trying to paint without filling in the lines with ink first, to no avail… and since the snow has arrived, suddenly, I can. Because of this my drawings … Continue reading

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Snowstorm :: Tempête de neige

We knew that it would come… it’s just that we did not know when. Well it has happened. 2.5 feet of snow fell today and I could not even leave my house… my spouse took 2 hours to clean up … 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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Tolerant Leafy Zone :: Zone des feuillus tolérants

One of the best books that was ever published on the Quebec flora is named: Flore Laurentienne by Frère Marie-Victorin. The version that I have is dated 1964 and I have been perusing this book, and come to the realization … Continue reading

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