Tag Archives: Rigaud

:: The way through the woods ::

They shut the road through the woods Seventy years ago.  Weather and rain have undone it again,  And now you would never know  There was once a road through the woods  Before they planted the trees.  It is underneath the … 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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The reality of it all :: La réalité de tout celà

On ne doit pas empêcher la réalité de faire un beau tableau. Reality should not prevent the making of a beautiful painting. — JPR Someone on my blog yesterday cited the above quote, which is totally appropriate for tonight’s post. … Continue reading

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Patience is perfection :: La patience est perfection

A line is a dot that went for a walk.
— Paul Klee This is not the first time that I try painting my beautiful brook… and it surely will not be the last! So, I treaded carefully today, drawing first … Continue reading

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Betula Alleghaniensis :: Yellow Birch :: Bouleau des Alléghanys :: Merisier

L’un des plus grands arbres de la forêt laurentienne, où il atteint son maximum de développement. Le bois, très pesant, à grain serré, est très employé des machines aratoires, dans l’ébénisterie et la carrosserie. L’odeur aromatique de l’écorce blessé est … Continue reading

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Pine King :: Le roi des pins

The master is the piece of paper, the watercolour you are working on at the moment, listen to it; watercolor is the boss. — Josef Zbukvik (further quotes by Josef are found at the bottom of this post) This is … Continue reading

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Solitary pine :: Pin solitaire

Anything can be painted! The secret is not the subject, but how you perceive the shapes, values and colours.  — Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie When I woke up this morning I was not satisfied with yesterday’s painting… so I … 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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Air of spring :: Air printanier

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”  ― Albert Camus This morning when I woke up there was a mini snowstorm going … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox :: L’Équinoxe du printemps

“Spring passes and one remembers one’s innocence. Summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance. Autumn passes and one remembers one’s reverence. Winter passes and one remembers one’s perseverance.”  ― Yoko Ono Even though the vernal equinox arrived yesterday, it is still … Continue reading

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Hidden gem :: Bijou caché

There are things ye maybe canna tell me, he had said. I willna ask ye, or force ye. But when you do tell me something, let it be the truth. There is nothing between us but respect, and respect has … Continue reading

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A place to paint the seasons :: Un endroit pour peindre les saisons

A few months ago I found a place that lent itself well for painting the different seasons that we have here in Québec, Canada. So here is my mountain, where I live, and which is very inspiring in many ways … Continue reading

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Old House :: Vieille maison

This is a very old house in Rigaud. I went with my dog today to paint and I opened up the hatchback and I sat there… Pyper went and fuddled in the grass, sniffing and looking at every grass blade … Continue reading

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Bourget College Barn :: Grange du Collège Bourget

This morning as I got up, my husband informed me that I would be painting instead of cleaning the house — wow! Such a good husband that I have. So I trotted happily off to an unknown destination… was I … Continue reading

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School preparation :: En préparation des classes

You know that I have been very busy when I start drawing or painting things around the house… as today. Last week we had our first Welcome Back Breakfast of the semester and none of the speeches, meetings, dialogues inspired me to … Continue reading

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Sky :: Ciel

I had just a tiny timeframe today to paint… so when I arrived at this scene, I decided to paint the skies as I need practice with them… but kept on painting and could not stop. To paint this sky … Continue reading

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What was I thinking? :: Qu’est-ce que je pensais?

The other day I  passed in front of a farmhouse that I found beautiful and today was the day that I was going to paint it… well! It seems as though that was not to be. As I was halfway … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Take two :: Deuxième prise

The same house as yesterday but with ink lines. As it is my second try, I am happier with it… but really not there yet! No matter, it is practice and I really enjoy it. What do you think? Your … Continue reading

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Challenge :: Défi

Last year someone asked me to paint their house for a commission… and I have waited until today to start working on it. Why did it take me so long to start? Is it because I did not feel ready? … Continue reading

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Early morning coffee :: Tasse de café

Little did I know as I woke up this morning that I would be sketching during the early morning hours. As I was pouring my coffee into my cup, I saw that I had left one of my fountain pens … Continue reading

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Flow :: the optimal state of being :: État optimal de grâce

There is something to say about the healing power of drawing/painting. The minute that I start drawing/painting, it seems as though my mind sets itself in a zone of “flow”… of being totally absorbed in the moment. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi studied this … Continue reading

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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 … 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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Sugar Bush Time :: Le temps des sucres est arrivé

My spouse drilled a hole in one of our maple trees this morning, and the sap is running fast. It is officially sugar bush time, and my heart is glad… a very long and cold winter that we have had … Continue reading

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