Tag Archives: Watercolor

:: Beginnings & Endings ::

Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening      Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill up with snow.   … Continue reading

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:: Picnic vernissage day at Stewart Hall ::

There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep Sea, and music in its roar: I love not Man the less, but Nature more. … Continue reading

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Sunday Sketching, Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire on July 10th

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love,” — Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother. On Sunday July 10th the Montreal Urban Sketchers  have been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall … Continue reading

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:: Singing flowers ::

If I shall sell both my forenoons and afternoons to society, as most appear to do, I’m sure that, for me, there would be nothing left worth living for. — Henry David Thoreau Charles Reid’s video was just what I … Continue reading

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:: Magic light ::

I was not ready for abstraction. I clung to earth and her dear shapes, her density, her herbage, her juice. I wanted her volume, and I wanted to hear her throb. — Emily Carr I met with the Linda Drewry group … Continue reading

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Champlain’s Dream :: Le rêve de Champlain

• Pour bin finir, o faut bien commencer. — To finish well, start well. • Meûx vaut parder un pain qu’ine faumée. — Better to lose the loaf than the oven. • Avant de feire in fagot, o faut bin commencer. — Before … Continue reading

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USK Sketch Swap Partners :: Jumelage partenaires USK

“The first object of the painter is to make a flat plane appear as a body in relief and projecting from that plane.” — Leonardo Da Vinci There is a very interesting urban sketchers sketch swap that I am involved … 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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Vintage Opera Glasses :: Lunettes pour l’opéra

When I was very young my mother, who has a fabulous alto voice, would go to the opera in Montreal with my father. She would put on beautiful dresses and bring these wonderful opera glasses… all clad in mother of … Continue reading

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In the hope of painting :: Dans l’espoir de peindre

Here is the St. James Cemetery in Hudson that I painted yesterday… but only had time to scan in today. Winter is upon us and we had 10 cm of snow today, which felt really nice and my road is … Continue reading

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The Sketch Hunter :: Le chasseur de sketch

THE SKETCH HUNTER has delightful days of drifting about among people, in and out of the city, going anywhere, everywhere, stopping as long as he likes — no need to reach any point, moving in any direction following the call … Continue reading

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For whom the bell tolls :: Pour qui sonne le glas

This is a beautifully maintained church where the parishioners of St-Louis-de-Gonzague seem very proud of. The bells of the church are still tolled by hand, like in the old times. No, I will not be talking about Ernest Hemingway’s book today. … 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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A very special Day :: Une journée bien spéciale

Today is my mother’s 88th birthday and her 62nd wedding anniversary with my Dad. My life is privileged, as both of my parents are still living, healthy and smart. So I wish you a Happy Birthday and a Wonderful Anniversary to … Continue reading

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Gentle Giants

My painting surely reflects the environment in which I live… added to this is the love that I have for all trees, shrubs, creepy crawlers, moss, and everything in between and beyond. So let me introduce to you the majestic … Continue reading

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The Owl :: L’hibou

I grew up in Valleyfield and right in front of the park (where we always used to hang out during the summer playing volleyball), there was this huge clock that we had named “The Owl”. This building housed the A. … Continue reading

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Grey Misty Day :: Journée grise et brumeuse

Today was a typical grey and misty January day… and on these days, to curl up and read a good book is heaven. I had difficulty painting this scene as the sky and the snow were grey, so this is … Continue reading

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Near disaster :: Catastrophe évitée

A disaster happened today… as usual I left the house and had a few chores to do before leaving so I quickly filled up my water bottle and put my watercolour bag over my shoulder. I arrived at my appointment, … Continue reading

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Chemin Ste-Marie in St-Clet

A beautiful Quebec oldstyle farm on chemin St. Marie in St. Clet (founded in 1850, population 1738). After yesterday’s painting slump, I knew that today would be better as I knew exactly where I was driving to and that I … Continue reading

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St. Marthe Sunset :: Soleil couchant à Ste-Marthe

Today I rushed out of the house at 3:45 pm to catch the Ste. Marthe sunset… and in the end it was too dark in the car to keep on going, so I had to finish this painting in the … Continue reading

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Happy New Year :: Bonne et heureuse Année ;-)

I wish you health, love, wisdom and a long life. Thank you for being part of my blog on drawing and painting that started in May 2012…. Your comments, likes, visits, emails, telephone calls, encouragement, have touched me. They stimulate … Continue reading

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The Snow has Arrived :: La neige est arrivée

I started painting 7 months ago, always using the same steps. First, I draw with a 2B or HB pencil, then go over the lines with a fountain pen (either black or grey ink) adding more detail, and once the … Continue reading

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Ladder :: Échelle

I do not really understand what is happening but I have been trying to paint without filling in the lines with ink first, to no avail… and since the snow has arrived, suddenly, I can. Because of this my drawings … Continue reading

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Snowstorm :: Tempête de neige

We knew that it would come… it’s just that we did not know when. Well it has happened. 2.5 feet of snow fell today and I could not even leave my house… my spouse took 2 hours to clean up … Continue reading

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The Madonna on the Lake of Two Mountains :: La madonne du lac Deux-Montagnes

This madonna stands on the shore of the Lake of Two Mountains, which is part of the Ottawa River delta. It was originally named Lac des Médicis in 1612 by Samuel de Champlain, then renamed Lac des Soissons in 1632 and … Continue reading

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