Tag Archives: Watercolour

:: 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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:: Inktober 8 Crooked Theme ::

Why do you paint? For exactly the same reason I breathe. — E.E. Cummings from Brainpickings.org These Inktober themes are really challenging me as I usually am more of an Urban Sketcher, meaning that I try to paint what I … Continue reading

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:: The lopsided pine ::

La Barre and other Musicians 9 May 1663. At Mr Jarvas’s my old barber, I did try two or three borders and periwigs, meaning to wear one, and yet I have no stomach for it, but the pains of keeping … Continue reading

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:: Summer solstice ::

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. — James Dent In the beautiful Jack Layton Park in Hudson I sat at one of … Continue reading

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:: 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 … 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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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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Boy oh Boy

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” ― Pablo Picasso Boy oh Boy was finishing this painting difficult… I painted it three times, without much success. This got me thinking… why is it that this painting’s mystery could not … Continue reading

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Bois de Liesse

If you desire to draw, that you may represent something you care for, you will advance switfly and safely. If you desire to draw, that you make a beautiful drawing, you will never make one. — John Ruskin, Artist & … Continue reading

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Triceratop at Redpath Museum : Tricératop au Musée Redpath

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  ― Marcel Proust Went to the Redpath Museum today with the Montreal Urban Sketchers group and we were very glad … Continue reading

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Knowledge & words & lines :: Le savoir & les mots & les lignes

All knowledge cannot be expressed in words, yet our education is based almost exclusively on its written or spoken forms. But the artist, dancer, and mystic have learned to develop the nonverbal portion of intelligence. ― Robert Ornstein, american psychologist I … Continue reading

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Dominical painting :: Peinture dominicale

“An artist painting a picture should have at his side a man with a club to hit him over the head when the picture is finished.”  ― John Singer Sargent We have had so many parties, family encounters and friend requests, … Continue reading

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Winter solstice :: Solstice d’hiver

“Words do not express thoughts very well. They always become a little different immediately after they are expressed, a little distorted, a little foolish.”  ― Hermann Hesse After our -25ºC temperatures, we received flurries, freezing rain, freezing pellets and a very slippery … Continue reading

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Andrew Wyeth

“I do an awful lot of thinking and dreaming about things in the past and the future – the timelessness of the rocks and the hills – all the people who have existed there. I prefer winter and fall, when … Continue reading

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Indian Sculpture :: Sculpture indienne

Yesterday was my second watercolour class with a great teacher, Marc, and here is his BLOG if you would like to know a bit about him. This course takes place at SynStudio on St. Catherine street in Montreal, Québec, Canada. … Continue reading

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Still Life :: Nature morte

I have an interesting story to tell you. Yesterday I went to my first watercolour class in Montreal and we were about 12 people there. A person that I had never met in my life came up to me and … Continue reading

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What a day :: Quelle journée

After a full and frazzled day, I decided to soothe my soul and go to St-Louis-de-Gonzague with Pyper in tow (for those of you who do not know, he is my dog, a Golden Retriever). I love autumn as the … Continue reading

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Farm on Route 201 :: Ferme sur route 201

Coming back from my mothers today I decided to sketch this farm… the colour of the sky was fantastic and quite rare — just like in California — with no clouds. The air and views were crisp as the humidity … 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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Balm for the soul :: Baume pour l’âme

Four Urban Sketchers of Montreal gathered together today to paint in Place D’Armes in Old Montreal. Place D’Armes is the second oldest public site in Montreal and dates back from 1693. In front of us was the Notre. Dame Basilica … Continue reading

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A Car with a View :: Automobile avec vue

Yesterday I had 2.5 hours to kill between appointments and I decided to arrive early for my second appointment to go to the Cléroux Nursery in Pierrefonds. As I parked, my eyes went up and lo and behold, a beautiful … Continue reading

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The Rite of Spring :: Le sacre du printemps

I listened to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring as I was driving into Montreal this morning… and this music stayed with me all morning. About 15 Montreal Urban Sketchers regrouped today at the Atwater Market on this wonderful spring day… everyone … Continue reading

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Rusty Old Wood Fence :: Clôture de perche toute rouillée

The sun was shining today and we can actually see the grass after our never-ending winter. It felt so good to be out in the car sketching with the sun out (even though the outside temperature was only 5C). I … Continue reading

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Postures

This must be the hardest thing for me to paint… postures. My brain simply cannot get the free-flowing and timeline movements that is required to paint a person that is in movement. So I opened the book that I have … Continue reading

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A Fascination with Trees :: Une fascination avec les arbres

I have a fascination with trees… I love them. Have you ever noticed how some people seem weary of trees? When there are no trees over my head, I feel naked, not protected nor secure… these noble specimens are a … Continue reading

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