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Sunday Sketching: Griffintown Sketchcrawl April 27, 10am to 4pm

April 8, 2014


The next Sunday Sketching outing will be a walking tour of Griffintown. I’ve made an interactive google map with a few likely drawing spots, but of course, we’ll all find our own subjects along the way. It’s not necessary to keep up with the group – just wander as you will and we can find each other at the map markers.


Starting Meetup: 9:30-10Am Metro Lionel-Groulx. Meet at the front entrance, say hello, then head out sketching. We can look for the spots on the map – or strike out on your own and find something cool to show us.

Lunch: 1pm, Le Boucan.1886 Notre-Dame St W. No reservations, we’ll take our chances. This is just a suggestion. If they’re full I’m sure there’s lots of options nearby.

Ending Meetup: 4pm Metro Lucien L’Allier. Meet at the front entrance, and we’ll hang our a bit, show and tell what we got for sketches today.


Check out the list of future Sunday Sketching events [here].

Crystal shore

April 16, 2014

Two days ago I was looking for a good location to sketch the cracking ice on Lac St. Louis but when I got down to the shore, to my great disappointment, it was all gone. Today a friend emailed me a few photos of where the ice had ended up, so I made my way there this afternoon. I don’t know if this happens every year or if this was a freak occurrence, but for a good distance the ice was piled up along the waterfront in Dorval and people were gathering to take photos or just to gawk. With some of the chunks at least a foot thick and four feet across, I can only imagine what the sound must have been when this happened. I found a bench to set up on because there was no place close by to park and sketch from the shelter of my car, but with the wind blowing icy gusts on my palette (and my face) I had to pack up after about 30 minutes and finish the last details in the warmth of my house. I have never sketched outdoors in a colder situation than this, but I have also never sketched a scene as brilliantly gorgeous as this either.


New Urban Sketching Workshop: Oxford England, July 9-12, 2014

April 15, 2014


Saturday April 12 is 43d World Wide Sketchcrawl

April 11, 2014

Sorry for my tardiness posting this at the last minute – but the weather is nice tomorrow and there will be a group gathering in the Berri UQAM area for the 43d World Wide Sketchcrawl

Date: Saturday, April 12
Time : 10:00
Meet : At the exit turnstiles Berri -UQAM metro station
Contact: Jocelyne Filion Blog :

Guest Post: Uma Viswanathan reports on sketching Cockatoo Island with Liz Steel and Paul Wang

April 5, 2014

Expressive Urban Sketching  Workshop – Cockatoo Island with Liz Steel and Paul Wang – by Uma Viswanathan

Last month I traveled to Australia for the first time, took part in Liz Steel and Paul Wang’s Expressive Urban Sketching workshop, and had the chance to meet and draw with the wonderful members of the Australian Urban Sketchers (USK) group. Any one of these experiences would have made for an unforgettable trip but I was lucky enough to have all three!

I’m a lifelong artist who loves to travel and is new to Urban Sketching. When Marc Taro Holmes posted a notice on the Urban Sketchers Montreal blog about the Expressive Urban Sketching workshop by Liz Steel and Paul Wang on Cockatoo Island, I saw this as the perfect opportunity to finally see Australia.

In taking the workshop I hoped to learn some new techniques and develop a more spontaneous approach to my work in Urban Sketching (I already knew I would have fun!).

In addition to the techniques and exercises expertly imparted to us by Liz and Paul involving mark-making, colour, and creating a focal point in a drawing, some key points I took from the workshop were:

  • There is no judgment at Urban Sketchers or in the workshop
  • No one is allowed to call themselves ‘hopeless’
  • USK is all about sharing one’s work
  • Ask yourself: Can you get your sketchbook out in 10 seconds or less? (My answer was No –time to ditch the backpack!)

Uma Report Cocatoo Island

The site of Cockatoo Island was ideal for the workshop in terms of its location and its rich assortment of subject matter – as a tourist it was one of the places I likely would have missed, had I not been enrolled in the workshop.

Uma Report Cocatoo Island_02

A huge thank-you to Liz and Paul for a fantastic workshop – I felt very inspired and encouraged by your instruction. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to take another one with you in the future. I’d also like to thank all the workshop participants and USK members whom I met for their warm welcome to both their sketching group and to Australia.  I’m looking forward to sketchcrawling with all of you again, hopefully very soon!

Check out some of Uma’s sketches on her blog [here].



And you can see some video from of the workshop on Paul’s site here ~m:

Vertical Slice

April 4, 2014


I’ve never tried flipping a landscape format book this way. It seemed to suit the vertical subject. But it certainly makes an awkward sketch. I’m not sure I like the effect all that much, but you have to try things out :)

This is a Morrice Hall, formerly the Presbyterian College, on the downtown McGill campus. The view is looking out from the second floor cafeteria windows across the street.  Washable fountain pen ink and watercolor, Handbook watercolor sketchbook.

You can see the snow is still hanging around here – but it’s down to one and a half coats weather.

Dominical Dim Sums ::: Dim sum dominical

March 23, 2014

L’expérience est une lanterne que l’on porte sur le dos et qui n’éclaire jamais que le chemin parcouru
– Confucius

While dim sum (literally meaning: touch the heart) was originally not a main meal, only a snack, and therefore only meant to touch the heart, it is now a staple of Cantonese dining culture, especially in Hong Kong. — Wikipedia

The Montreal Urban Sketchers met today at Restaurant Kam Fung in the Chinese District. The room was packed and we were 20+ urban sketchers that regrouped to draw…. and eat. When the waiter came to serve us the fish plate and started digging into it in order to divide it amongst us, we stopped him as we were seeing a work of art as opposed to something to eat… so we painted this beauty, and of course ate it afterwards.

Les Urban Sketchers de Montréal se sont regroupés aujourd’hui au joyeux Restaurant Kam Fung dans le quartier chinois. Leur spécialité sont les Dim Sums et ils sont exquis. Nous étions 20+ qui se sont regroupés ensemble pour peindre… et ensuite manger. Quand le serveur est arrivé avec l’assiette de poisson et s’est mis à le couper en quartiers pour qu’on se le partage, nous lui avons demandé d’arrêter car nous voulions peindre cette oeuvre d’art! Pour ensuite pouvoir la manger -)

Paper: Handbook Travelogue Series
Paint: Raw Sienna, Burnt Umber and French Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Grey






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