Author Archives: Linda Denis

Summer 2018

 

Linda Denis, Autour du Marais, oil on canvas, 30×30, 2018

This summmer I will be the artist in residence at the Galerie 2 Barn Owls, Aug.24 – Sept 2, hours Fri-Sat 10-5 and Sun 11-4, at 420 Main, Hudson, Qc. Vernissage August 24, 5-7pm. Please come and enjoy my art. There will be mostly Quebec landscapes paintings, on a scale of 36×24 or 30×30 completed on canvas with oil or acrylics.

Invitation 2 Barn Owls 2018

This past week I renewed my acquaintance with artist Gustav Klimt (1862-1918) with a book among many given by my friend and artist Nasco. What I appreciated from this book was the journey of an artist. The Black Bull,(1900-01, oil on canvas, private collection), then the sophisticated decorative portraits like Danäe (1907-08, oil on canvas, private collection) and his mesmerizing landscapes of dense parallel horizontal and vertical colours.

A few years ago, Carole Segal would open her studio and provide a model dressed in the character of well known icons by famous artists. One of these was a model dressed in the fashion of Klimt portraiture. As an aside, I appreciated her kind words “we just started “ when I arrived late and tried to find my spot among many. Montreal morning traffic has not improved. Here is my version found in my studio.

Study, Carole’s studio model in the image of Klimt, oil on canvas, 36×24, 2002

 

Charlevoix, 2018

For those of you who follow my blog you will know I enjoy plein air painting especially in Charlevoix . This year we were the lucky ones for weather- not spring nor winter somewhere in the middle- cold north wind, occasionally sunny spots and always star filled skies at night.

We stayed at the Auberge Cap aux Corbeaux, just 5 minutes east of Baie-St-Paul. It is small and intimate with a panoramic view from Ile-aux-Coudres to the Massif ski hill. Here, breakfast is included and this is the time we talk about where and what is the best scenery to paint or sketch. Here are some of my favourite spots from previous years completed in oil and watercolour.

This year the village of Les Eboulements, St. Joseph -de- LaRive, Baie St.Paul were my subject matter –  close to coffee at the gas station, lunch at nearby restaurants and no worry about dubious roads.

Manse, Les Eboulements, watercolour,2018

 

Dry dock, Tugboat listing, watercolour, St.Joseph-de-LaRive, 2018

 

St.Joseph-de-LaRive, watercolour & gouache, 2018

 

View from the Pharmacy, watercolour, Les Eboulements, 2018

What artist was I looking at before my sketching in Charlevoix?  British impressionist Peter Brown (1967-), known as “Pete the Street” since he paints constantly outdoors. I loved his quote about why we sketch and thought it so appropriate I decided to reproduce it here.

Exhibitions of your own work are all about showing off. You try and present the best of what you can do. You present a series of finished paintings or drawings editing any that do not work or are not up to scratch. Sketchbooks however are the opposite. They are for anything and everything – ideas, sketches, aides memoirs, diary notes and even shopping lists.”

Another year of spring painting in Charlevoix is over but already thinking of 2019.

Huatulco, Mx

We are spending our last days of our winter retreat in Huatulco [ wa’tulko]. A beautiful, modern planned city with a different vibe from Puerto Escondido. When in Puerto Escondido, we stayed in the older part of the city. Routinely, we heard in the background roosters crowing, hens clucking, dogs barking and sometimes a child crying but they are sounds you become at easy with. Here it is very “ tranquillo”

In Huatulco, for myself, who enjoys plein air sketching it has everything needed – architecture, culture and people. However, the colour palette has changed to turquoise, pink, lemon greens, pale creams and cerulean blue.

There are several parks nearby with bandstand, manicured grass, shrubs and plenty of shaded areas. My choice is where the workers are up on the roof replacing tiles.

Bandstand, workers at work, watercolour, 2018

My next choice is the park of lovers across the street from our lodging.

Lover’s Park, watercolour, 2018

The main town square, La Crucecita, has a lot of shade, benches, shopping and restaurants but my purpose is the church, referred to as lgelesia of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Here, the Mexican artist Jose del Signo has covered the whole ceiling of the church with a mural of the pregnant Virgin Mary. It is worth the visit to see this image and enjoy the work of this Mexican artist.

Nuestra Sēnora de Guadalupe, La Crucecita Plaza, Photo from tourism Huatulco

 

Nuestra Sēnora de Guadalupe, La Crucecita Plaza, watercolour & gouache, 2018

The square is a place to enjoy the sunny weather which Huatulco offers 330 days a year with an average temperature of 28 degrees Celsius. I looked towards the water fountain and there is a sketch waiting for me.

Water Fountain, La Crucecita Plaza, watercolour & gouache, 2018

So for another year we wait to visit Mexico.

Churches of Puerto Escondido, Mx

The churches in Mexico are an attractive place to paint or sketch – usually safe, good sitting areas and architecturally interesting.

Here in Puerto Escondido, my first discovery was the unfinished church and “cathedral to be” on my walk to Playa Carrizalillo. I decided to do a watercolour sketch of this massive concrete form which took over a whole city block. The gentleman at the corner store offered me a table and chair, he then lowered the awning to give me shade, I ordered a cool drink and so began a serene afternoon.

Unfinished Cathedral, watercolour, 2018

Where do the people worship here if this church is not in working order? This takes me to the church overlooking the bay at Playa Principal, Neustra Señora de La Solidad.

Nuestra Señora de la Solidad, watercolour & gouache, 2018

 

Side Entrance, Nuestra Señora de la Solidad, watercolour & gouache, 2018

My recent sketching of church façade has introduced me to John Piper (1903-1992) a British painter, printmaker, stain glass window designer. opera and theatre set designer and writer. During the Second World War he was a British official war artist. He was fascinated by the destruction of bombed out churches in Britain. Often at the scene at daylight, he was able to capture both the beauty and devastation. His work has influenced my thoughts on drawing churches. I hope to emulate his strong lines and spaces but still keep my intuitive curiosity.

Year of the Dog, 2018

Freya, pencil drawing

Friday, February 16, 2018 is the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Each year the day of celebration changes in accordance with the lunar calendar. One of twelve Chinese signs, it is the year of the dog. You can see from my previous posts we enjoyed more than our share of wonderful dogs.

“Honest and loyal, Dogs are the truest friends and most reliable partner.”

Freya was a given dog not aggressive enough in nature for her previous owner so she came to live with us. What a pleasure to have her in our lives.

 

Kleo. pencil sketch of dog

Kleo, pencil drawing

Kleo was from the SPCA, she joined us as a puppy and we had her for 16 years. Another great one.

Qajaq was a huskie from Iglulik via Iqaluit, her standout characteristic was a three spiral corkscrew tail…unusual but so was she. She came to live with us because she had an independant streak and needed more supervision.

Linda Denis, Tundra dog and Mistress, oil painting, 30×30 inches, 2006

Here is a family photo of my Mother’s family with Arthur holding the family dog.

The best dogs are found dogs.

 

Alex on Limebank Farm, 90 years young this year 2018

I could not let this day pass without honouring some of these special dogs who have shared their lives with my family.