Fall time :: Temps d’automne

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”
R. Buckminster Fuller

Fall is a busy time for me as school is in full gear with new courses to teach, family birthdays & visits, a profoundly enjoyable friend meetup for supper last night, the fall season is imploring me to paint it and of course various sketching events. Today was no exception as it was the Montreal Urban Sketching day at the Atwater Market which I missed, the Hudson Artists Plein-Air painting event which I managed to squeeze in late afternoon and of course my goddaughther Marissa’s 17th birthday celebration. So here are two value sketches that I managed to quickly draw while we were under the tent answering questions and inviting people to sketch with us. Twas a packed and wonderful day!

L’automne est un temps très occupé pour moi car l’école est en pleine effervescence avec de nouveaux cours à enseigner, anniversaires de famille & visites, une soirée entourée d’amis pour un souper qui a été fort agréable, la saison d’automne m’implore de la peindre, et bien sûr divers événements en peinture. Aujourd’hui ne fait pas exception car c’était la journée où les Montreal Urban Sketching se rencontraient au Marché Atwater que j’ai dû manquer, l’événement en plein-air des Artistes Hudson Artists que j’ai réussi à joindre en fin de journée et bien sûr le 17e anniversaire de ma filleule Marissa. Voici deux esquisses de valeur que j’ai réussies à dessiner rapidement alors que nous étions sous la tente à répondre aux questions et inviter les gens à esquisser avec nous. Une journée bien remplie!

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Location: Community Centre in Hudson, Québec, Canada


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:: Vertically Minded ::

Life will break you. No one can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel.  It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could. 
— Louise Erdrick

Vertical formats are always fun to draw and sometimes the subject lends itself well to it. If you have long tree limbs, or a very long house or a sailboat that goes up and up are all enhanced by this format…. and sometimes just a big of leaves dangling from the top are ok too. This was painted with two of my friends the other day and I totally forgot to post it, so here it is.

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Location: Pointe-Claire Yacht Club


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:: Rectify ::

Practice any art: music, singing, dancing, acting, drawing, painting, sculpting, poetry, fiction, essays, reportage, no matter how well or badly, not to get money and fame, but to experience becoming, to find out what’s inside you, to make your soul grow.
— Kurt Vonnegut

I am a subscriber to Danny Gregory’s blog posts and today he really touched me as he was experiencing with the sad state of his art form as he had been too busy with other “stuff” and I really related to what he was saying. If you want to read his post, here is the link. So he motivated me to take up the pen and just start drawing again even though we canned 100 lbs of tomatoes today and are quite pooped out… and happy with a job well done -) I sketched these faces as my husband and I are binge watching a Netflix TV series named Rectify… worth watching!



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:: Hudson Yacht Club ::

— It’s a lang road that’s no goat a turnin.’ —(goat = got)
Translation: Don’t lose heart in dark times, things can’t keep going in the same direction forever. Thinking of my Dad today and of my Scottish heritage, a small saying pronounced in Scottish for this post. —

The only place where you are comfortable today in southern Quebec is near the water… so I drove down to my village’s closest neighbour, the town of Hudson, to have a view and worship its fine breezes on the wharf next to the Hudson Yacht Club, which is a gem of a place. There is a small free parking space, a nice wharf with big cement pillars, a few trees to provide shade and fantastic views. You may have noticed that my sailboats have lines going through them… well, when you are plein-air sketching, things that were not there, suddenly appear and that is part of the fun.  I thought that today looked like a Cobalt kind of day, so I used lots of it.

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 140 lbs
Colours: Hansa Medium, Raw Sienna, Burt Sienna, Cobalt Blue & Violet.
Location: Hudson Yacht Club on Wharf Road20150906_hudsonYacktClub

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:: Metamorphoses: in Rodin’s Studio ::

“It’s very simple, my drawings are the key to my work.”
–François Auguste René Rodin (1840-1917)

Went to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts to see Rodin’s Metamorphoses Exhibit and it was inspiring, in a 3D kind of way. It was actually daunting to see minuscule sculptures and enormous ones… they actually took my breath away. The exhibition is divided into many facets, such as the Creation Laboratory, The Cups, Scale of the Infinite, Marbles & Practitioners, Didactic Room, Models, Bronzes & Founders, Druet/Bourdelle and Hannah & Arcand and yes for Quebecers, it is “the” Denys Arcand film director, screen writer & producer extraordinaire! I drew in pencil Marianne Russell’s Wearing a helmet, or Indian Bacchus which Rodin created in 1888.

While I was drawing Marianne, a little girl of about 6 years old was looking over my shoulder and asking me questions, for the whole time that I was sketching this. I wondered where her parents were as she seemed alone for at least half an hour. Anyway, she looked very closely at what I was drawing and then remarked: “Are you copying what you are seeing?” and I answered: “I am trying to copy, to the best of my ability”. She seemed to be toying with the idea that “copying” was ok I guess -))) While all of this was happening, Suzanne Marinier, a fellow Montreal Urban Sketcher suddenly appeared at my side and sat next to me and we spoke for a few minutes. As I was nearing the end of viewing the exhibit, I noted another Montreal Urban Sketcher, France, and I saluted her… and we spoke for a while! It was nice to encounter other sketchers -)))


Je suis allée au Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal pour voir Métamorphoses, l’exposition de Rodin. C’était intimidant de voir de minuscules sculptures justaposées à  d’énorme/gigantesques sculptures… à couper le souffle en réalité. L’exposition est divisée en plusieurs facettes comme le Laboratoire Création, Les Coupes, Échelle de l’infini, Marbres et praticiens, Chambre didactique, Modèles, Bronzes, Druet/Bourdelle et Hannah & Arcand et pour les Québécois, Arcand c’est bien “le” réalisateur Denys Arcand, écrivain, scénariste et producteur à l’écran extraordinaire! J’ai dessiné au crayon Marianne Russell que Rodin a créé en 1888.

Alors que je dessinais Marianne, une petite fille d’environ 6 ans regardait par dessus mon épaule et me posait des questions. Je me demandais où ses parents étaient comme elle semblait seule pendant tout ce temps… argh! Quoi qu’il en soit, elle a regardé de très près ce que je dessinais et a ensuite remarqué: «Est-ce que vous copiez ce que vous voyez?” et je répondis: «Oui je copie, mais je préfère dire que j’observe, au meilleur de mes capacités.” Elle semblait être perplexe à l’idée que «la copie» était ok je suppose -))) Suzanne Marinier, une compagne des Montréal Urban Sketchers est soudainement apparue à côté de moi et nous avons jasé une couple de minutes. Ensuite, comme j’approchais la fin de l’exposition, j’ai rencontré une autreMontréal Urban Sketchers, France, et nous avons piqué une jasette! Très agréable de rencontrer tant de gens qui ont les mêmes affinités -))) Ensuite j’ai vu une ancienne copine de Valleyfield — yeah!

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Location: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts


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