Montreal is a wonderfully liveable city in the summer months, the area where we were staying, especially so. This is the Jean Talon neighbourhood and there are several areas in the streets like this one below to sit and visit or play a game of x’s and o’s! I sat on this bench to do two sketches. The first sketch looks east to the corner where the very friendly Café Larue sits. The second looks across the road to the Church of Ste.-Cécile–since I was looking up, up into the sun, I only managed to sketch one of the two spires. We were only in Montreal for 3 1/2 days and there was so much more to sketch even in this neighbourhood alone. But I had to stop as we didn’t want to miss the Rodin exhibit at the Musée des Beaux Arts.
We took the subway to McGill University and walked along Sherbrooke to the gallery. On our way we were charmed by this delightful sculpture done in 2012 by Cédric Loth. You can barely see it in this photo–look under his leg– but he is so intent on his computer, trademarked with a pear (!) that he doesn’t notice a squirrel eating his bag lunch. We carried on along Sherbrooke and spent the afternoon with Rodin. His massive Thinker makes an interesting counterpoint to Loth’s student.