This is a note from the train after our final day of our Urban Sketching workshop in Montreal. It was a rich and intense three days with Shari Blaukopf and Marc Holmes–two exceptional teachers. The weather was definitely changeable, but we were so lucky–some wind, a few rain drops, but on the whole great for sketching. There were 30 people in the course from all over North America. We broke into two smaller groups and spent a day with each instructor in two locations and then this morning all together in the beautiful Carré St. Louis. Montreal is so great for sketching. Below are the towers of Marie Reine du Monde basking in Friday’s blue sky and great shadows. Not all our skies were like this–in fact there was lots of opportunity to learn how to paint turbulence.
I spent day one with Marc. Here are some glimpses of his techniques for pencil sketching and then layering on the paint–first at Place d’Armes and then Marie Reine du Monde. Lots to absorb! The last picture is my first attempt at the paint layers with no ink outline.
That’s it for now. Still a couple of hours to go–so I am going to curl up with my music and enjoy the big skies flashing by. More on my day with Shari tomorrow.