Two Hookers

My timing for testing paint colours couldn’t have been better because there’s still no sign of spring in Montreal. Instead of looking for bits of green outdoors, I rummaged through my paint drawer to find a tube of green paint — this time Hooker’s Green, by M.Graham. It’s a dull but beautiful green, made from a combination of Prussian Blue and Gamboge, two colours I already have on my palette.

Many thanks to everyone who wrote to me about similar problems they were having with the Pentalic Aqua Journals. I did receive a response and an apology from Pentalic Customer Service, and I’ll be receiving a replacement book soon. Apparently there were some problems in manufacturing, but since they are sending me a different size book, I have a feeling the main problem is that the small square books are simply glued and not stitched at the spine. For those of you who have had the same problem it is worth writing to them to ask for a replacement as well. Today I sketched in another Pentalic book that I purchased at the same time (10″ x 7″) and I will be continuing the project in this book (which is stitched!). As for where the name of the colour comes from, it may not be what you think. Here is the info I found on this.


10 Comments on “Two Hookers”

  1. Ghislaine Gargaro says:

    I really enjoyed your blog and your lessons on Craftsy. I am an oil painter but I am wanting to color my sketches with watercolor. I really like it. I live in Rancho Palos Verdes a suburb of Los Angeles. I was born in Quebec and I have a real fondness for everything Canadian. I spend three months in Montreal every summer. I would love to meet you and possibly take a workshop if available. Your art of Pointe Claire really touches me. The scenes so much like my youth. Thank you.


    • HI Ghislaine. Thanks so much for writing. I always love to hear from former Montrealers. It’s too bad you are not in town now because there’s a show of my Pointe Claire paintings on now until the end of the month.
      It’s great to hear that you still come back to Montreal in the summers. Unfortunately I am not giving any workshops locally this year because I’ll be teaching in Europe. If you are ok with it, I will add your email to my workshop mailing list. You never know, something may change and if I do a workshop here, you’ll receive a notification.


  2. Chris Rusk says:

    I always thought Irma LaDouce was paying homage to the paint colour – who knew? 🙂
    Many thanks for clarity. I am enjoying all the new information and your colour choices in this series.


  3. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for the great posting on your continuing pursuit of color testing. Hookers Green is one of my favorites…the shoes as subject, wear it well. Nice study, as always.


  4. Alison says:

    I’ve always enjoyed your shoe/boot paintings. You always reveal their inner character.


  5. Miss Iowa says:

    The title of this post made me giggle. I figured it was a reference to Hooker’s green, but I had no idea there were two Hookers! Great link, as I love vintage botanical drawings. Your green “hooker shoes” are also fabulous. One thing from my childhood that I regret not keeping is a pencil drawing of a wrinkled old cowboy boot that I did in 8th grade. Footwear makes a great subject!


  6. Fascinating information on the Hookers. thank you for sharing your research.


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