Soft & Hard Edges :: Contours mous & durs

Spring is a natural resurrection,
an experience in immortality.
– Henri David Thoreau

I started watercolour painting about 2 years ago and throughout the different workshops & courses that I attended artists often referred to hard & soft edges and I was never sure, until today, exactly what they meant. I knew what they meant, but where and when to apply it was a different matter. Until today. As I was painting and pondering on the finished product, I thought that the ice shards were not sharp enough (bottom painting) and I had my ah-ha moment! The shards need hard edges (top painting). Yahoo! So I drew on top of my watercolour some lead lines to show the hard edges… sometimes comprehending different concepts takes time… and life becomes easy.

J’ai commencé à peindre avec des aquarelles il y a environ deux ans et au cours de divers ateliers et cours les artistes parlaient souvent de contours durs & doux et je savais ce qu’ils voulaient dire, et je ne comprenais pas totalement… jusqu’à aujourd’hui. En regardant ma peinture finie, je regardais les amas de glaces et je me suis dit qu’ils avaient besoin d’un contour dur (peinture du haut) et non un contour mou comme j’avais fait (peinture du bas). Donc j’ai pris un crayon à la mine et j’ai retracé par dessus ma peinture des contours durs pour démontrer ce que je veux dire. Des fois certains concepts sont plus difficiles à comprendre… et la vie devient facile.

Paper: Travelogue Sketchbook
Colours Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Alizarin Crimson & French Ultramarine
Location: Reference photograph Lake St. Louis, Québec, Canada

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Artist Friend :: Amie artiste

The robins sing with a will now. What a burst of melody! It gurgles out of all conduits now; they are choked with it. There is such a tide and rush of song as when a river is straightened between two rocky walls. It seems as if the morning throat was not large enough to emit all this sound.
– Thoreau’s Journal, April 16, 1856

Throughout this week I’ve come home from school to hurl myself at making dinner than going to various meetings. On top of that, my work schedule has conspired against me as it has been adding on so many hours of correcting and preparing that the painter in me, has not painted for awhile now. Wednesday night at the AHA meeting in Hudson, I met up with a fellow sketcher and she invited me to draw/paint/sketch a live model session at her house that takes place on Friday mornings…. so this morning was delightful — delightful because it took me away from the daunting task of correcting 56 students — and delightful because we were six artists modelling for each other (which was  a first for moi) and was just a very pleasant and productive meet-up. We drew 4 x 3 minute sessions followed by 4 x 20 minute session. I am so lucky to share these moments with other like-minded people. Thank you!

Toute la semaine j’étais bien occupée avec maintes réunions et décisions à prendre… en plus d’avoir des tonnes de corrections à faire cette fin de semaine. Mercredi soir à la réunion AHA, une femme m’a invitée à me joindre à leur session de modèle vivant qui se tient à tous les vendredis matins à sa résidence. Donc ce matin était un matin fort agréable — agréable à cause que je n’étais pas en train de corriger ou de préparer mes cours — et agréable car nous étions six personnes à jouer au modèle vivant en jasant et dessinant en même temps. Je suis tellement chanceuse de vivre dans ce coin et de rencontrer ces belles personnes. Merci!

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook 5″ x 8″
Pencil: 2B
Location: Hudson, Québec, Canada

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Open for comments :: Ouvert pour commentaires

For the past year and a half, many people have mentioned to me that they could not comment on this blog. I fixed it tonight — youppi! It took so much time to find what was the culprit, and it was an anti-spam code that had been inserted in my blog during the installation of some plug-ins. So thankfully, now you should be able to comment. A quick contour drawing tonight…

Pour la dernière année et demie beaucoup de personnes m’ont dit qu’ils ne pouvaient pas commenter sur mon blogue… eh bien, tout est réparé à partir de ce soir. Il y avait un code anti-spam et avant que je le trouve, ça l’a pris bien du temps. Donc j’espère qu’à partir de ce soir, tout est ok. Youppi!

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A bit of help :: Un peu d’aide

Life etches itself onto our faces as we grow older, showing our violence, excesses or kindnesses.
– Rembrandt

You know that you are influenced by the winter temperatures when you start painting what you would like the weather to be instead of how it is! Today there were still flurries coming down for most of the afternoon and I ignored these weather signs… I do not know what got a hold of me but it seems as though I forgot to look at my subject and painted what I felt like seeing in front of me instead. So guess what? I added greens with sunny colours. So when I realized this, I decided to add some white (which I rarely do) to soften up the greens in the mountain (as the mountain still has snow on it -).

Vous savez que vous êtes influencé par les températures hivernales quand vous commencez à peindre ce que vous aimeriez voir au lieu de ce qui est! Aujourd’hui il y avait encore des averses de neige et j’ai ignoré ces signes météorologiques … Je ne sais pas ce qui s’est emparé de moi, il semble que j’ai oublié de regarder mon sujet et peint ce que j’avais envie de voir en face de moi à la place. Alors j’ai ajouté des verts et des couleurs ensoleillées. Quand j’ai réellement réalisé ce que je faisais, j’ai décidé d’ajouter un peu de blanc (que j’utilise très rarement) pour adoucir les verts dans la montagne (comme la montagne a encore de la neige -).

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series
Colours: Q. Gold, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Indanthrone Blue and Chinese White
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada


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Pink Moon :: Lune Rose

It is also good to love: because love is difficult. 
For one human being to love another human being: that is perhaps the most difficult task that has been entrusted to us, the ultimate task, the final test and proof.
The work for which all other work is merely preparation. 
– “Letters to a young poet” by Rainer Maria Rilke

Our Spring has been moody, filled with bad tempered transitions as yesterday we had the full rays of the sun cheering and warming us and today we woke up to a thick blanket of snow — gorgeous it was, and capricious too our Spring this year. Today is the full Pink Moon, heralded by our Native People by the appearance of the moss pink, or wild ground phlox—one of the first spring flowers. It is also known as the Sprouting Grass Moon, the Egg Moon, and the Fish Moon. I painted today one of the most beautiful roads in my region in Rigaud, it is long and winding with soft curves rising and falling, taking your breath away at every turn. The mountain acts as a backdrop, adding to the drama of the landscape.

Notre printemps est imprévisible, remplie de transitions atmosphériques allant du très froid au très chaud… partant hier d’une journée ensoleillée et chaude nous nous sommes réveillés sous un manteau de neige épais — magnifique en soi, et capricieux aussi. Aujourd’hui est la pleine Lune Rose, annoncée par les autochtones avec l’apparition de la mousse rose, une des premières fleurs du printemps. J’ai peint aujourd’hui sur une des plus belles routes de Rigaud, où la route est sinueuse et longue avec des courbes douces qui montent et qui descendent ayant comme toile de fond la montagne, ajoutant au drame de ce paysage majestueux.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series
Colours: New Hansa Medium, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Indanthrone Blue
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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