Tag Archives: Moleskine

:: Quills ::

One smile can start a friendship, one word can end a fight. One look can save a relationship, one person can change your life. I am starting to prep for my oncoming semester by doing some quick basic pen strokes … Continue reading

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Happy New Year :: Bonne année

Happy New Year :: Health, love, wisdom & a long life. Here in Rigaud the winter light is crisp and we are under a foot deep of white snow and even the birds seem to be rejoicing. At least 12 … Continue reading

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Moleskine Sketchbook :: Carnet Moleskine

Ring the bells that still can ring Forget your perfect offering There is a crack in everything That’s how the light gets in.  — Leonard Cohen I felt like drawing tonight so I decided to use my Moleskine Sketchbook that … Continue reading

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Tree for my students :: Cet arbre pour mes élèves

You see, to me, the art of music is listening to it, not playing it. The real art of it is hearing it. — Keith Richards Tomorrow with  my first year students we are going outside to draw trees so … Continue reading

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Draw what is there :: Dessiner ce qui est là

… one day on the road to Norwood, I noticed a bit of ivy round a thorn stem, which seemed, even to my critical judgment, not ill ‘composed’; and proceeded to make a light and shade pencil study of it … 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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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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Negative Shapes :: Espaces négatifs

For this drawing I tried finding the negatives shapes by defining them with hatching and cross-hatching lines. I retraced at the end some of the forms and this is when I realized that I should not have… and as many … Continue reading

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Grungy golden :: Chien grungy

Do not draw until you have a “vision”, then hold to that trying to recapture it always. ― Edgar A. Whitney I have been revisiting Edgar Whitney’s book Complete Guide to Watercolor Painting and it is excellent — it goes through … Continue reading

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Vintage Opera Glasses :: Lunettes pour l’opéra

When I was very young my mother, who has a fabulous alto voice, would go to the opera in Montreal with my father. She would put on beautiful dresses and bring these wonderful opera glasses… all clad in mother of … Continue reading

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The Bark :: Le tronc

I have been exploring with my students the power of the line… the “crosshatched” line, the “straight” line, the “wavy” line, the “contour” line, the “shadow/highlight” line, the “look/hold/draw” type of lines, the working “blind” lines, the “restating” line… ooh … Continue reading

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Colours & my eyes :: Les yeux & couleurs

This past week was very intense at school and I spent most of my weekend preping and correcting students’ work. So I had very little time to even think about painting or sketching. So today I rushed out at 3:00 … Continue reading

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Roses

Even though the temperature was beautiful and warm today, I could not go out and sketch on location or “plein air” as I did not have the time. So here is my take on a trio of beautiful red roses … Continue reading

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Celery stalk :: Pied de céleri

I never knew that celery would be so hard to paint… this is my fourth try on four different days. Some of them have good parts to them, but all in all, they were not postable (can I say that?) … Continue reading

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Crazy Coffee Percolator :: Percolateur délirant

Here is my coffee percolator that I inherited from my parents many years ago (even though they are still living and healthy of mind and body) and which they had for most of their lives. This is a Revere Ware coffee … 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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Gentle Giants

My painting surely reflects the environment in which I live… added to this is the love that I have for all trees, shrubs, creepy crawlers, moss, and everything in between and beyond. So let me introduce to you the majestic … Continue reading

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Sucrerie de la Montagne

For the sap to start flowing in the spring, temperatures have to be just right. Freezing temperatures at night and above zero during the day… so for the past week, the sap has been flowing in this region. The Sucrerie … Continue reading

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Boy oh boy!… Sapristi!

Boy oh boy are boots hard to draw. I started over three times before getting these to work… or walk? should I say? I was planning on drawing the pair, but just starting with one for tonight is enough. As … Continue reading

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Miniature Wooden Sailboat :: Bateau à voile miniature

Here is a wooden miniature sailboat that we have had since my first childhood memories… it sits on the top of the fireplace mantle, ready to sail forward into the unknown. It is made of a beautiful pale wood where … Continue reading

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White Orchid :: Orchidée blanche

Getting back into painting with this white orchid Taisuco Kockdian “Yukimai” that I have at home. These are the easiest orchids to keep and with a good bed filled with rocks and water, they will last forever. I drew this with a … 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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Old Rigaud House :: Vieille maison de Rigaud

Here is a sketch of an old Rigaud house with beautiful architecture. However, I had to draw it about 7 times in order to make this sketch happen… everything was skewed and disproportionate. So this is the beginning, I hope, … Continue reading

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