Tag Archives: watercolours

:: Ottawa and its’ lovely trees ::

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now Is hung with bloom along the bough, And stands about the woodland ride Wearing white for Eastertide.      Now, of my threescore years and ten, Twenty will not come again, And take from … Continue reading

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Roman Baths

My second day with Jane Blundell and her 5-day bootcamp and I have to say that it is quite wonderful… she is a natural teacher, knowledgeable,very nice and has a good rhythm. Not too many demos, always interesting information and … Continue reading

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The Maski :: Le Maski

“Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds, and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not. Sometimes a thousand twangling instruments Will hum about mine ears; and sometime voices, That, if I then had waked after long … Continue reading

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The art of living :: L’art de vivre

“The art of living… is neither careless drifting on the one hand nor fearful clinging to the past on the other. It consists in being sensitive to each moment, in regarding it as utterly new and unique, in having the … Continue reading

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Pine King :: Le roi des pins

The master is the piece of paper, the watercolour you are working on at the moment, listen to it; watercolor is the boss. — Josef Zbukvik (further quotes by Josef are found at the bottom of this post) This is … Continue reading

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Solitary pine :: Pin solitaire

Anything can be painted! The secret is not the subject, but how you perceive the shapes, values and colours.  — Making Color Sing by Jeanne Dobie When I woke up this morning I was not satisfied with yesterday’s painting… so I … Continue reading

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Mother :: Maman

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather. — John Ruskin Guy and I went to the National Gallery of … Continue reading

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Old shed is gone… :: Vieille grange n’est plus…

Even though it was a rainy and foggy day today, I knew where I was heading when I jumped into my car with my painting materials. I was going to paint the old shed with the Calvaire mountain in the … Continue reading

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Numbered Memories :: Mémoires chiffrés

Créer, c’est vivre deux fois — Albert Camus Today is a memorable day for my husband and I. Thirty-two years of going out together, 30 years of living together and 16 years of marriage. Ten years of living in Rigaud, 323 painting posts, with an army of black flies … Continue reading

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Sunny flowers for a rainy day :: Fleurs jaunes pour une journée pluvieuse

L’expérience est une lanterne que l’on porte sur le dos et qui n’éclaire que le chemin parcouru – Confucius I would say that my greatest challenge in painting is deciding on “what” to paint. When I enjoy what I am … Continue reading

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Service is love :: Le service est l’amour

In my experience, you will truly serve only what you love, because, as the prophet says, service is love made visible. If you love friends, you will serve your friends. If you love community, you will serve your community. If … Continue reading

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Colour swatches :: Pastilles de couleurs

This exercise might seem and look futile for many, but it is not. As during the work week I doodle and draw more than I paint, the colours seem to leave my eyes. By doing this exercise, it helps me … Continue reading

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Shadows :: Ombres

As the snow is melting everywhere, there are many remnants in my backyard… we still have at least 2 feet of snow on the Mountain of Rigaud and I am grappling with the idea that I want spring to arrive, … Continue reading

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Intertwined :: Entrecroisés

These two trees seem to have lived for a very long time, side by side, looking over the beautiful Lake St. Francis (now thawing) and perhaps having at one moment in time, only the wind, birds and a few human … Continue reading

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Snow is melting fast :: Le neige fond vite

The temperatures have soared this past week and we had a high of 14C and the snow is melting fast. So I hurried out today for my last snow scene painting of the season as by this weekend, the fields … Continue reading

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Cup of tea :: Tasse de thé

Teaism is a cult founded on the adoration of the beautiful among the sordid facts of everyday existence. It inculcates purity and harmony, the mystery of mutual charity, the romanticism of the social order. It is essentially a worship of … Continue reading

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Air of spring :: Air printanier

“Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.”  ― Albert Camus This morning when I woke up there was a mini snowstorm going … Continue reading

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Shadows :: Ombres

“Art actually happens somewhere in the space between clarity and ambiguity, concept and intuition, thought and feeling.”  ― Bert Dodson, Keys to Drawing I have been pondering on the quality of shadows and how to paint them and one of my Belgian … Continue reading

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Corner of Du Marché Street :: Coin rue Du Marché

When I was very very young, my mother had told me that I could not go further than this corner… I remember full well one day of setting foot on the “other” side of that corner — the forbidden one! … Continue reading

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Take 1, 2 & 3 :: Prise 1, 2 & 3

My mother gave fancy teacups to my little sister, who in turn has handed them over to me — so this is my chance to paint these dainty teacups. They look easy to paint, but I struggled. I struggled with … Continue reading

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In Love with… :: En amour avec…

I have been waiting for today’s weather for quite awhile now… sunny and crisp, with beautiful long shadows and fresh snow. This has to be my favourite spot to paint in the Rigaud area as it has everything that I … Continue reading

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Commission

Commission: an order for something, especially a work of art, to be produced specially. I wanted to explain the steps that I go through when I receive a commission from a client. For this example I am working from a reference photograph. … Continue reading

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Four Barns :: Quatre granges

I asked my Mom the other day which of my paintings that she preferred and she told me Memoirs of Hadrian. As I had painted it in a small sketchbook, I had to paint it again… and again… and again, … Continue reading

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Celtic Goddess :: Déesse celtique

A painting for a children’s story… or someone a tad older. I had the chance to be present when a live model and a few props accompanying her created a very gothic/celtic atmosphere — even halloweenesque? What I really enjoy about … Continue reading

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McGill Building :: Bâtisse

I always try parking in the same area at my job… and it is not always fruitful. So this is the view when I park in my favourite spot on the John Abbott Campus… I have a view of one … Continue reading

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