Kamouraska Lighthouse :: Phare de Kamouraska

Try to paint canvases that will show how interesting the landscape is to you — your pleasure in the thing. Wit.
— The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

The Kamouraska lighthouse is something! In front of the majestic St. Lawrence River, facing the Massif mountain and Charlevoix, its beauty is unique and still unknown by many. The village of Kamouraska is quaint, can easily be walked its full width and length and has some fabulous artisanal/culinary shops where they make, bake, cook and create regional delicacies & crafts. I am definitely going back there next summer -)

For once I can say that I am happy with my painting… this is a rare feat. Usually I have to wait until the following morning to have a sense of detachment and be able to judge it as if the painting belonged to someone else. I tell myself: “If someone else had painted this, would you be able to appreciate it?” When Robert Henri says that we must “love” the subject of our painting, he is so right!

Voici le phare de Kamouraska  (dans un petit village avoisinant) qui est situé sur le majestueux fleuve St-Laurent et faisant face à Charlevoix et le mont Massif. Quelle vue et paix! Le village de Kamouraska est un petit village où il fait bon marcher, sentir l’air salin, visiter les boutiques et restos où ils font, cuisinent, inventent, pêchent, produisent de tout, et de haute qualité artisanale. Je vais y retourner l’été prochain!

Pour une fois que je suis contente tout de suite après avoir fini une peinture… celle-ci je l’aime. Elle me rappelle de bons souvenirs, et pendant que je la peignais, je savais que je l’aimerais… quand Robert Henri dit qu’on doit tout d’abord “aimer” notre sujet, il a tellement raison! Une autre leçon pour moi… si le sujet me laisse indifférente, il vaut mieux ne pas le peindre…

Paper: Hank•book Travelogue series
Colours: New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna, Winsor Red & Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Pilot Penmanship EF
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey

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The Art Spirit by/par Robert Henri

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to see beyond the usual. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom. If one could but recall his vision by some sort of sign. It was in this hope that the arts were invented. Sign-posts on the way to what may be. Sign-posts toward greater knowledge.
— Robert Henri

I would like to thank David Tripp for his contagious affection for the teachings of Robert Henri. Because of David, I decided to buy Robert Henri’s book The Art Spirit and indeed, it is wonderful. How can you not fall in love with a book that has as its preface the above quote?

Je viens d’acheter un livre “The Art Spirit” par Robert Henri que David Tripp  mentionne assez souvent dans son blogue… c’est l’histoire d’un professeur en arts des années 1880–1920 qui a beaucoup inspiré ses élèves ainsi que le milieu artistique. La citation au début démontre la profondeur de son propos… étant donné que je suis prof, ça me touche!

Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Prussian Blue
Paper: Arches CP 140 lb, 12″ x 15″

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