Hudson’s 150th Anniversary :: 150e anniversaire de Hudson

Creating on the spot has an adventure that my modest words will never explain. Ask an auto racer, a mountain climber. Something happens when all five senses are working and the sixth sense arrives. (Harley Brown)

As a member of the AHA Association Hudson Artists, I was invited to paint en plein-air on Main Road in Hudson today to commemorate the 150th anniversary of this beautiful town. Well, our tent was setup right smack in front of the local IGA, so guess what? This is what I painted -) As you would guess, there was a man sitting on that bench for at least one hour, so I was sure that he would still be there once I got to it… and he disappeared! It was a really fun event, as there was an outstanding Blues guitarist right next to us, and my paintbrush picked up the beat as he was soothing my jitters with his beautiful voice. I do not remember his name, even though he repeated it at least 5 times… gosh! How our memory toys with us…

Étant membre des AHA Artistes Hudson Artists j’ai été invitée à peindre aujourd’hui en plein-air pour la célébration du 150e anniversaire de ce beau village. Eh bien, notre tente était juste en face du IGA local, donc c’est ceci que j’ai peint! Il y avait un homme qui était assis sur le banc pendant au moins une heure, et quand je suis arrivée pour dessiner le banc, il était disparu… les joies du plein-air ;) C’était une super belle journée, et il y avait un joueur de blues juste à côté de nous, donc mon pinceau peignait en accompagnant sa belle voix et sa guitare… et cette voix a soulagé mon appréhension à peindre en-avant de tout ce beau monde! Évidemment je ne me rappelle pas de son nom même si il l’a répété au moins 5 fois pendant ses trois prestations… que la mémoire nous joue des tours…

Paper: Pentalic Sketchbook
Colours: Hansa Yellow Medium, New Gambodge, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue
Fountain Pen: Platinum Desk Pen EF DP1000AB
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey
Location: Main Road, Hudson, Quebec, Canada

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:: 7 ::

A nursery rhyme offers us a clue:
“One for sorrow / Two for joy / Three for a girl / Four for a boy / Five for silver / Six for gold / Seven for a secret / Never to be told.” What do these mountains and skies know that they are not telling us?

My holidays are drawing to a close as on Monday I have to start prepping for all of my “new” courses for the Fall 2015 semester. It was a very nice summer, even though it went too fast. For the following weeks my schedule will be more conducive to having a daily meeting with my sketchbook and paints, so I am happy for that. For this painting I decided to paint the skies so I kept just a small portion of land and a huge portion of the paper for the skies, as the skies have been beautiful all summer long. We had a very rainy summer and with rain, comes the big beautiful clouds that accompany them. The top painting has about 80% of skies while the second painting has a bit less… is there one that you prefer, and why?

Paper: Travelogue Handbook
Location: Rigaud, Quebec, Canada

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:: Skies ::

“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Man oh man! My paintings are changing so much that I am having trouble recognizing myself in them…. humph! Is this good? Well at least I am not static and it is evolving… so change must be good — I hope -) My first aim today was to paint the beautiful skies, but even the big blue skies that were in front of me turned quite stormy on my paper… go figure!

Paper: Handbook Travelogue
Colours: Azo Yellow, New Gambodge, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine
Location: St-Clet, Québec, Canada

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:: Extreme Palette ::

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

Don’t know if it is the extreme temperatures that we are experiencing that are influencing me, but it seems I am pushing my watercolour palette to the extremes. It is fun to experiment -)

Paper: Travelogue Handbook
Colours: Raw Sienna, New Gambodge, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson, Cobalt Blue & French Ultramarine
Location: Craftsy course by S. Blaukopf

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:: Stormy Skies ::

When I was a kid, a book I read advised young artists to be themselves. That decided it for me. I was a corny kind of guy, so I went in for corn. (Walt Disney)

Last night the weather was quite outstanding…. thunder rumbling non-stop, lightning and tons of rain. Everything that this girl likes -) So I went out in my car to take a reference photograph and I decided to paint it today.

Paper: Handbook Travelogue
Colours: Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Serpentine Green, Cobalt Blue, French Ultramarine
Location: Reference photograph taken in Rigaud, late at night

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