Majestic Oaks :: Chênes majestueux

Live in each season as it passes;
breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit,
and resign yourself to the influences of each. 
– Henry David Thoreau

At my work there are many great oak trees and they are shedding their acorns and the squirrels are scurrying to gather and store them. There is alot of to and fros going on with the squirrels at the moment. In order to produce large crops of acorns these great oaks must be 45-50 years old!… so I am in a bit of awe with these majestic oaks.

A mon travail, il y a beaucoup de chênes majestueux qui laissent tomber leurs glands et les écureuils se dépêchent pour les cueillir et les stocker. Il y a beaucoup de va et vient d’écureuils en ce moment. Afin de produire beaucoup de glands ces grands chênes doivent avoir 45-50 ans! … et je suis en émerveillement en regardant ces grands chênes.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series, grand portrait size
Colours: Q. Gold, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber & French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada


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:: No man is an island ::

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
– John Donne, Scottish Poet, Satirist, Lawyer, Priest (b. 1572)

I wonder how many people still think like John Donne in 2014? A good way of keeping the colours in your eyes is to do a colour chart to acquaint ourselves with one’s own colours. This was a good way of giving a finale on my last page of my Stillman & Birn sketchbook.

Une bonne façon de rester en contact avec nos couleurs est de créer une charte de couleurs. J’ai pensé que ça serait une bonne façon de terminer mon carnet Stillman & Birn.


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Comic Book Pen & Manga Ink :: Plume bédé et encre manga

My father pointed to the moon and asked me what color it was. I couldn’t tell. So he told me to look at the horizon and then glance back quickly at the moon. Then I saw it: it was pale green! (Alden Baker)

The colours are back in my eyes! I needed to have faith that they would return, and they did. For this scene I decided to use a new pen that I bought from, that my students would love as most of them love Manga comics. I thought that the scene required a comic-book like effect, as there were many horizontal and vertical lines to draw.
• The Deleter Comic Pen Nib Holder;
• The Deleter Comic Pen Nib – Spoon Model – Pack of 3;
• & its accompanying ink Deleter Manga Ink – black 4 (Waterproof & Extra Dark) .
What is really nice about this is that it is a dip pen, which is cool and that the ink is really dark and waterproof. This was my first test with it today, and I am happy with its quality. Do not drop this ink on your kitchen counter though as it will be ruined… -)))

Les couleurs sont de retour dans mes yeux! J’avais besoin d’avoir la foi qu’ils reviendraient, et oui, elles sont revenues. Pour cette scène, j’ai décidé d’utiliser un nouveau stylo que j’ai acheté chez, que mes étudiants aimeraient car la plupart d’entre eux aiment les bédés mangas. Je pensais que la scène nécessitait un effet bédé, car il y avait beaucoup de lignes horizontales et verticales à dessiner. Ce qui est vraiment bien de cette plume, c’est qu’en plus d’être un stylo d’immersion, les traits tirés sont très fins et l’encre est très noire et imperméable à l’eau. C’était mon premier test avec aujourd’hui, et je suis heureuse de sa qualité. Ne laissez pas tomber cette encre sur votre comptoir de cuisine car il sera ruiné … -)))

Paper: Stillman & Birn Beta Series
Dip Pen: Deleter Comic Pen
Ink: Deleter Manga Ink, black #4
Colours: Q. Gold, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue & Payne’s Grey
Location: St. Clet, Québec, Canada


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Hope :: Espoir

Courage is being scared to death–but saddling up anyway.
(John Wayne)

It was a warm, rainy day and the geese were flying over the moraine in Rigaud. I have to admit that some days it takes courage to post some of my paintings as I find that I am really struggling with my colours — they are not in my eyes –… I just hope that they will come back, soon! As this has happened before, I hope…

C’était une journée chaude et pluvieuse et les oies volaient sur ​​la moraine de Rigaud. Je dois admettre que certains jours, il me faut du courage pour poster certaines de mes peintures car j’ai du mal avec mes couleurs – les couleurs ne sont pas dans mes yeux comme ils ont l’habitude de l’être … J’espère juste qu’ils vont revenir bientôt! Et ceci est déjà arrivé, donc j’espère …

Paper: Stillman & Birn Beta Series
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Colours: Aureolin, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Alizarin
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada


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Autumn Equinox :: Équinoxe d’automne

Think pattern first, then drawing, then color. The character of your painting is resolved in the pattern scheme. (Edgar A. Whitney)

There are two equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal. I found out today that between September 1st and 30th, here in Quebec we actually lose 1-1/2 hours.

Il y a deux équinoxes chaque année – en Septembre et Mars – quand le soleil brille directement sur l’équateur et la durée du jour et de la nuit est à peu près égale. J’ai découvert aujourd’hui qu’entre le 1er et le 30 Septembre, ici au Québec, nous perdons effectivement 1-1 /2 heures.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Beta Series
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Colours: Aureolin, Winsor Red, French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna
Location: Vaudreuil, Québec, Canada



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