The art of living :: L’art de vivre

“The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the mind open and wholly receptive.”
Alan W. Watts

One of my long ago students posted a video “Using space to find oneself” of Alan Watts today and I listened to it while I was painting these poinsettias. Once I had painted the flowers, I took my fountain pen to go over the lines…. which is unusual in itself as I habitually draw first and paint afterwards… as I decided to try it the other way around today. It makes the lines really pop and almost seem caricatural.

Un de mes élèves que j’ai enseigné il y a bien longtemps a posté un vidéo de Alan Watts intitulé “Using space to find oneself” et je l’ai écouté pendant que je peignais ces poinsettias. Habituellement je dessine avec ma plume fontaine avant de peindre mais aujourd’hui j’ai décidé de faire le contraire… dessiner les lignes après d’avoir peint. Ça donne un effet caricatural.

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Colours: Rose Madder Genuine, New Gambodge, French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera EF
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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