Health, love, wisdom & a long life!

Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, and a touch that never hurts.
— Charles Dickens.

I wish you health, love, wisdom & a long life!

Learning from the Masters such as Winslow Homer is illuminating! I discovered that I could mix the colour Burnt Umber, which is a brown, into the sky which I would never have done otherwise. I also learnt that all of his colours are muted, except for the woman’s hat, the sky, the sea and the date tree. I really enjoyed painting this. In a way it is much easier to imitate than to actually paint on one’s own as all of the figuring out has already been done for you. This one is for you Gaétan!

Paper: Stillman & Birn, gamma series, 6″ x 9″
Colours: New Gamboge, Raw Sienna, Pyrrol Crimson, Raw Umber, Cobalt Blue & Ultramarine
Original painting: Winslow Homer 1836-1910 “Along the road in the Bahamas20181231-winslow-homer-jane-hannah-loRes


Opportunity :: Opportunité

“When you paint, try to put down exactly what you see. Whatever else you have to offer will come out anyway.” 
― Winslow Homer

These past two weeks I had a wonderful opportunity to create many paintings for the same person way out in Australia — it was a thrill to do these. He wanted only winter scenes and I was lucky enough to have taken many photographs of my region in the past two years, so I had good reference pictures. This is one of the paintings that I rejected as I thought that its theme was redundant for his wall. This commission helped me in many ways, as it was very liberating as well as formative. So even though the temperatures are a bit up, here in Quebec, about 17C, the snow has long gone… actually since mid-April. We are still waiting for summer to arrive though.

Ces deux dernières semaines ont été extraordinaires car j’étais en train de peindre pour quelqu’un en Australie qui voulait uniquement des scènes d’hiver. Heureusement que j’avais beaucoup de photos de référence! Avoir une commission de cette grandeur m’a entraînée à peindre et à m’épanouir d’une façon que je n’avais jamais connue. Ce fut très formateur et libérateur -) Voici une peinture que j’ai rejetée car je trouvais que son thème était trop similaire à une autre peinture que j’avais créée. Donc ne vous en faites pas, il n’y a plus de neige ici au Québec depuis la mi-avril -))) Nous attendons toujours que l’été arrive… finalement!

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 140 lbs 8″ x 8″
Colours: Indigo, Alizarin Crimson, Q. Burnt Orange, Raw Sienna
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey