:: The Lost Words ::

“Once Upon a time, words began to vanish from the language of children. They disappeared so quietly that at first almost no one noticed – fading away like water on a stone. The words were those that children used to name the natural world around them: acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, conker – gone! Fern, heather, kingfisher, otter, raven, willow, wren…all of them gone! The words were becoming lost: no longer vivid in children’s voices, no longer alive in their stories.”

I have a book at home called The Lost Words and it is a gorgeous spell book. This is the excerpt on the back sleeve. “…When the most recent edition of the Oxford Junior Dictionary was published, a sharp-eyed reader soon noticed that around forty common words concerning nature had been dropped. Acorn, adder, bluebell, dandelion, fern, heron, kingfisher, newt, otter and willow. The words were no longer being used enough by children to merit their place in the dictionary. The list of these lost words were replaced by attachment, blog, broadband, bullet-point, cut-and-paste, and voice-mail. The news of these substitutions — the outdoor and natural being displaced by the indoor and virtual — became seen by many as a powerful sign of the growing gulf between childhood and the natural world. In response, Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris set out to make a “spell book” that would conjure back twenty of these lost words, and the beings they name, from acorn to wren. By the magic of word and paint, they sought to summon these words again into the voices, stories and dreams of children and adults alike, and to celebrate the wonder and importance of everyday nature….”

If you are interested in reading more about this beautiful book here is a link. So with this in mind, one of the sketches that I will be asking my students to complete will be creating an acrostic poem and drawing its being for a “lost” natural being that they could not part with in this world… I chose a tree -)))

Fountain Pen: Pilot Falcon SEF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black
Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook Art Plus Large

:: The way through the woods ::

— SOLD —

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 coppice and heath, 
And the thin anemones.
Only the keeper sees 
That, where the ring-dove broods,
And the badgers roll at ease, 
There was once a road through the woods.Yet, if you enter the woods 
Of a summer evening late, 
When the night-air cools on the trout-ringed pools 
Where the otter whistles his mate, 
(They fear not men in the woods, 
Because they see so few.) 
You will hear the beat of a horse’s feet, 
And the swish of a skirt in the dew, 
Steadily cantering through 
The misty solitudes, 
As though they perfectly knew 
The old lost road through the woods.
But there is no road through the woods.
— Rudyard Kipling

Winter has finally arrived and I greet it with a mixture of trepidation and awe as I actually enjoy all of our four seasons here in Québec. This weekend will be a busy one as I have student projects to correct, I am thrilled to be part of the Square Foot Art Exhibition on Saturday from 11:00 to 4:00 pm and I do hope to see some of you there. This is one of the paintings that will be on exhibit. Hope that you enjoy it.

As some of you already know, I love trees. I painted this majestic white pine two weekends ago while autumn was still in bloom right here in Rigaud. Does this poem bring you back to childhood?

Paper: Fluid 100 12″ x 12″
Watercolours: MG yellow, B. Sienna, B. Umber, Ultramarine, P. Scarlet


:: Inktober 28 Fall ::

Do not have much time today so here is a quick little sketch… would have liked to delve a bit more deeply with the “ink” but no time…


Paper: Sketchbook #21 Handbook field watercolour journal 6″x6″
Ink: Dr.Ph.Martin’s Black Matte
Watercolours: DS Q. Gold, P. Scarlet
Location: Rigaud from my imagination
#inktober2017, #inktober,  28 fall theme

Valois Park :: Parc Valois

Art does not reproduce the visible; rather, it makes visible
— Paul Klee

On Tuesdays, Linda Drewry and fellow artists gather to do some plein-air painting or drawing and today it was in Valois Park in Vaudreuil. The temperature today hovered around 32C (with humidex levels it felt like 36C) and we were sweating before arriving on location. We were in front of the beautiful Lake of Two Mountains and we were a happy bunch. Some were chatting, others were concentrated on their work, some were perusing around, chatting with everyone and then going back to their work… no stress levels here -) There were many vistas that I could have painted as there was a small sailboat on the water, a presque-ile that was beautiful but when I saw this majestic tree, I just had to paint it! I think that I have a “thing” going on with trees -)))

À tous les mardis pendant l’été, Linda Drewry et d’autres artistes se réunissent pour faire un peu de peinture en plein-air et aujourd’hui, c’était dans le Parc Valois à Vaudreuil. La température oscillait autour des 32°C (avec l’indice humidex, c’était comme 36°C) et nous étions en sueur même avant d’arriver sur les lieux. En face de nous le magnifique lac des Deux-Montagnes et ses environs. Nous étions un groupe heureux. Certains bavardaient, d’autres se sont concentrés sur leur travail, certains se promenaient autour pour discuter avec tout le monde pour ensuite revenir à leur travail … pas de stress ici -) Il y avait beaucoup de points de vue que j’aurais pu peindre car il y avait un petit voilier sur l’eau, une Presque-île qui était magnifique mais quand j’ai vu cet arbre majestueux, je ne pouvais lui résister! Je pense que j’ai “quelque chose” avec les arbres -)))

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series, grand portrait size
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Parc Valois, Vaudreuil, Québec, Canada