Tender Green of Spring :: Le vert tendre du printemps

Yesterday the buds were bursting and today the leaves have bursted from their shells! The tender green of spring is here. The maple trees, beech and yellow birches, aronias, the whole family of viburnums have opened their leaves, except for the ashes which start opening later and are the first ones to lose their leaves in autumn. Another thing that arrived yesterday were the black flies. In one week’s time the mosquitoes will also too… and then in June to be replaced by the deer flies. The joys of living in the woods — LOL ;-)

Hier les bourgeons éclataient et aujourd’hui les feuilles sont ouvertes sur les érables, hêtres, aronies, fusains, bouleaux jaunes et toutes les familles de viornes sauf pour les frênes… ces arbres commencent plus tard et sont aussi les premiers à perdre leurs feuilles à l’automne. Les mouches noires sont aussi arrivées et la semaine prochaine ça va être le tour des maringouins… et en juin les mouches à chevreuil! La joie de vivre dans le bois ;-)

Sketchbook: Musée des Beaux-arts de Montréal
Pen: Pilot Flexi Grip
Ink: Noolders Lexington Grey
Colours: Aureolin, Cobalt Blue & Burnt Umber


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 that I live in a zone that is named the Tolerant Leafy Zone. In this wooded sector, it is the home of the Maple Tree Acer Saccharum, the Hemlock Tree Tsuga Canadensis and the American Beech Fagus Grandifolia. The maple tree prefers higher areas as it likes having its feet dry. Its wood is very hard and is used for floor planks, and its sap is used to make the famous maple syrup, a secret that was transmitted from the Indians to the white settlers. The hemlock is a tree that can live up to 600 years and its wood is stronger than the White Pine. The american beech is mostly used in maritime construction as it stays preserved under water. So here is a painting of these three tress, although indistinct. I must say that the Larolan paper is exquisite!!!

Un des plus beaux livres que je possède est La flore laurentienne du Frère Marie Victorin, publié en 1964. La zone forestière où je vis est nommée la Zone des feuillus tolérants et une grande partie de sa population est constitutée de l’Érable à sucre Acer saccharum, la pruche Tsuga canadensis et l’hêtre américain Fagus grandifolia. Voici une peinture de ces trois spécimens…

Paper: Larolan
Fountain Pen: Pilot Flexi Grip, Extra Fine
Ink: Noolders Lexington Grey
Watercolors: Daniel Smith // Winsor & Newton
Colors: French Ultramarine, New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna