:: Beautiful silent skies ::

Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation. (Hans Jean Arp)

When I want to see huge, beautiful skies there is one place to go in my region and it is just between Rigaud and St. Clet. The skies are always luminous, grand and silent as they stretch west towards the sunset surrounding St. Polycarpe and St. Telesphore! I must have painted this sky many times up to now and here it is an older post. There is always a sense of awe that chokes me a bit in front of these immense skies… an inner peace.

I have been cooped up in the house for the past four days as the flu has hit us… the sniffles, coughing, sneezing and nose blowing type of sessions where you just want to lie down and sleep, and when it is time to sleep, you are wide awake! Have you ever had this? In a sense my husband and I were well timed as it started one day apart from each other, so I did not feel guilty binging on Netflix.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Journal 8″x5″
Colours: Burnt Sienna, Q. Rose, Raw Umber & French Ultramarine
Location: Route 201 between Rigaud and St-Clet, Quebec, Canada.


Skies :: Ciels

Lately the skies in Quebec are outstanding… big fluffy clouds, with all kinds of colours moving through them. I was wondering if it is the time of the year, or is this year an exceptional year for clouds? Can that be? I therefore bought the book: “Skies in watercolour” by Ron Ranson. So here are a few of the exercises that he gets us to do to start understanding the different types of clouds and how to paint them. From left to right, top to bottom.
1. Simple skies:
2. Cirrus skies:
3. Rain Clouds:
4. Evening Sky:  (I messed this one up so started over).
5. Evening Sky:

Les nuages au Québec ces temps-ci sont tellement beaux que je devais les peindre… mais comment? Donc j’ai ouvert un de mes livres: “Skies in watercolour” de Ron Ranson et il explique les différentes sortes de nuages.
1. Nuages simples:
2. Nuages cirrus:
3. Nuages de pluie:
4. Couchers de soleil:
5. Couchers de soleil:

Colours: Raw Sienna, French Ultramarine, Aureolin Yellow with Alizarin Crimson and Payne’s Grey
Paper: Moleskine Watercolour Sketchbook