:: Oh Rigaud my Rigaud ::

Some day we shall look back on this dark era of agriculture
and shake our heads.
How could we have ever believed
that it was a good idea to grow our food with poisons?
— Jane Goodall

Here is my beloved mountain of Rigaud, from another point of view. I have drawn this mountain many times and I have included the links to my previous posts… in summer, fall, & winter  and I am planning on painting it this spring as this is the only season that is missing. Usually I paint “live” meaning that I am in front of the subject, most of the time sitting in my car. Today I decided to use a reference photograph instead of painting it live in my kitchen-studio and as you can see, the “optical consistency” of my painting is off. There is a very good, lengthy and theoretical explanation for this on the Handprint Blog.  What it means is that my background watercolour paints are too diluted in the spruce near the road and the curb of the arms are too intense in comparison. This is what happens when you do not paint “live” in my point of view… your paintings are a bit off. There is a very good explanation by John Ruskin, who had an exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa last year that was outstanding.

“The one thing that you have to learn — the one power truly called that of painting, is to lay on any coloured substance, whatever its consistency may be, at once, of the correct tint you want, in the exact form you want, and in the exact quantity you want. That is painting.” John Ruskin.

Voici la montagne de Rigaud que j’aime tant. Je l’ai peinte plusieurs fois, l’été, l’automne et l’hiver et ce printemps je vais y aller car c’est la seule saison qui me manque. La plupart du temps je peins “live” ce qui veut dire que je suis en avant de mon sujet, habituellement assise dans mon char. Mais aujourd’hui j’ai pris une photo et je l’ai peinte de mon studio-cuisine pendant la soirée… et ma peinture est “off”. Le densité de mes peintures n’est pas correcte et il y a une bonne explication, qui est longue et théorique sur le site de Handprint

Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Hensa Medium, Raw Sienna, Raw Umber, Alizarin Crimson & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Reference Photograph Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada


Looking for a place :: À la recherche d’un endroit

I have been looking for a landscape that would be nice to paint during all of our different seasons in Québec. Autumn, winter, spring and summer and I think that I have found a spot. The spot needed to be easy to park and had to be safe, have good views of the land and the skies and had something that added drama… there are grain silos, farms, a dog kennel, horses, cows, crows, foxes and birds and a total absence of cars plus the beautiful view of the mountain! Let me introduce you to the Chemin St-Thomas in Rigaud, my hometown. This is where I painted yesterday facing west and today I went back and faced east… looking at the Mountain of Rigaud. From this vantage point, the mountain is in sharp contrast to the surrounding area which is flat and filled with wild flowers, hay and grass. Hope you like it. On top of the mountain there is a lookout spot that is quite incredible… you can see the Laurentian Mountains, the Outaouais River, Lake of Two Mountains, Montreal, Laval and the Eastern portion of Ontario.

Ça fait un bout de temps que je cherche un endroit pour peindre l’hiver, le printemps, l’été et l’automne qui est sécuritaire, qui n’a pas beaucoup de traffic, et qui est beau. Je crois que j’ai trouvé l’endroit… dans mon patelin à Rigaud. Hier j’ai peint la vue en regardant vers l’ouest et aujourd’hui j’ai peint en regardant vers l’est. Cet endroit a tout ce que j’ai de besoin et n’est pas très loin de chez moi (un autre critère évidemment). Il y a la belle montagne de Rigaud, majestueuse de ce point de vue, et le terrain qui l’entoure avec ses silos de grains, fermes, chevaux, vaches, poules, chats, chiens & oiseaux. En plus, le terrain est très plat en-avant de la montagne donc la vue me permet de bien voir le ciel et la terre… un endroit parfait! En haut de la montagne, il y un point de vue qui est incroyable… on peut voir les Laurentides, Laval, la portion Est de la province de l’Ontario, Montréal et la rivière des Outaouais et le Lac des Deux-Montagnes. Magnifique! J’espère que vous allez aimer… je vais peindre à cet endroit les changements de saisons.

Colours: Cadmium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cobalt Blue, Prussian Blue and Alizarin Crimson
Paper:  Trav•e•logue series watercolor journals by Hand•book Journal Co. #8
Size: 8.25″ x 8.25″
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Pen: Pilot Flexi Grip EF