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Sunday sketching in January: Chinatown

January 10, 2016

It’s almost Chinese New Year so let’s meet for our annual Dim Sum Lunch on January 24, at Restaurant Kim Fung (used to be called Kam Fung) in Chinatown. We can eat and sketch food and portraits, or if it’s nice, we can  sketch street life and bounce around shops on De la Gauchetière.

We usually split the check evenly, and it ends up not too expensive. If you want to opt out of the meal just let us know on the day. You can come well fed and draw everyone else with their mouth full. Vegans and people with Gluen/food allergies – Dimsum is probably not great for you. We can try for non-sauced veggies? Perhaps come equipped with some research on alternate Chinese food?

  • Meetup 10am, Resto Kim Fung
  • There are no reservations, we will arrive on time and try for a big table. In past years we have had to take two tables.
  • 1111 Rue Saint-Urbain M05, Montréal, QC H2Z 1Y6
  • After Party: 3pm: Corner of  St. Urban and De la Gauchetière, and we can find the most nearby tea shop/bakery that can seat us.



Just a note – no drawing for December

December 5, 2015

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Just a note to say there is no Fourth Sunday Sketching in December, but we’ll meet again in January!

Have a great holiday season everyone!



Painting & Eating ::: Peinture & bouffe

January 24, 2016

You little dumpling…
So fluffy and endearing, floating on that sea of brown,
appearing as a bloated whale.
I won’t be interfering with your buoyancy.
Won’t even be peering into the pan.
I’m waiting for the moment when you, dumpling, are dumped upon my plate,
plumped by the gravy and surrounded by meat
for me to eat. — Francesca Johnson

It was nice painting again with the Montreal Urban Sketchers today as I had not joined them for a very long time. We met at the Restaurant Kim Fung in Chinatown and I sat with people that I had never met, had a terrific brunch with all kinds of exciting dumplings and some that were very  mysterious looking and then came back home to prepare for my classes for the week. As always, when I start sketching with a big group of people I am overly excited and dip into too many colours and sometimes my paints get muddied… but no matter, it was fun. For those of you who have never eaten at this place, it is really worth a visit.

Comme toujours c’était super plaisant de peindre aujourd’hui avec les Urban Sketchers de Montréal. Nous nous sommes retrouvés au moins 20 personnes pour manger et peindre en même temps au Restaurant Kim Fung dans le Chinatown de Montréal. C’est tout un de ces défit, je peux vous le dire. Si vous aimeriez vous joindre à nous, nous nous rencontrons à chaque 4e dimanche du mois et l’endroit est indiqué sur le site.

Paper: Travelogue Series
Watercolours:Aureolin Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Alizarin Crimson & Cobalt Blue
Fountain pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Location: Restaurant Kim Fung — 1111, rue St-Urbain, Montreal, QC, Canada


4th Sunday Sketching : Nov 22 : Redpath Museum

October 28, 2015


Sunday Sketching Oct 25 : Aztecs People of the Sun : Pointe / Old Port

October 12, 2015


Let’s meet up at the Pointe à Callière and sketch the Aztec exhibition!

This should be a great subject for drawing. They also have the permanent exhibits, such as the pirate ship, and there’s a great view from the exterior observation deck at the top of the tower. (Limited space for sketchers, but worth a look).


  • 11 AM starting time: (Opening time for the Museum) – gather in the main lobby.
  • Lunch: Self-organize into small groups: Frankly, our group is getting too large to meet together in one cafe. I would suggest we organize lunch in small groups. Just ask someone if they want to got to lunch with you! :) There are many cafe’s near by.
  • 3:30 PM Show-and-Tell: Lets meet at 3:30 PM to show what we have drawn and maybe to work on finishing our sketches. (No painting in the exhibition – only drawing tools please). There is a seating area for families in the lower level called the Saputo Lunch Room. It is the new area in the Ancienne-Douane Buiilding – accessible from the lower level, or by crossing the street to the new building. Lets meet there – there are some big tables – that should work out for anyone who wants to sit and do some final touches to our drawings.


PLEASE NOTE:  Don’t bring too much stuff if you want sketch inside the exhibit. Here are their rules:

“Visitors are free to stroll through the Museum and the exhibition rooms with a medium-sized handbag. All backpacks, umbrellas, and other cumbersome objects must be left in the coatroom”. (Free hangars/ $1 Mini Lockers).

ALSO NOTE: Phones set on vibrate at their request, and no photos in the Aztec exhibit. (Everywhere else is fine).

AND: if we get 15 people or more arriving together at 11 am we can get a discounted rate ($16.50 for general admission, various discounts for others). Otherwise here’s the tariff:


USK:MTL : Sketching Atwater Market

September 27, 2015

We had perfect lazy Sunday weather for today’s USK:MTL monthly sketching meetup. I was doing more talking than drawing today so we have a little bit of everything going on in the sketchbook. Thanks to everyone who showed up. It was fun meeting a lot of new people today.


A view of the canal – in an unusual (for me) vertical composition, thank’s to a suggestion from my friend Shari. We were sitting side by side. She sketched the view 90 degrees to mine.

Here’s what we were really looking at. I was kind of happy with my redesign of what was there. Less is almost always more in a quick sketch.


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A quick sketcher portrait. I don’t know this person, so if you’re the lady in the red coat who left early, this is you concentrating on your sketch :)


And, after lunch the Phil So Good quartet set up (only three of them for whatever reason?) and we all hung out and sketched them while they played for us.

(By the way, if anyone else who drew the musicians wants to get in touch with Phil Bélanger to send them a sketch – they have a contact link on their page here).

Sunday Sketching September 27: Atwater Market and the Canal

September 8, 2015

The markets are very colourful at this time of year. Let’s meet at the Atwater Market on Sunday, September 27 and sketch the area around the canal and the market. There’s so much to sketch there — a great view of the mountain, the buildings along the canal, the activity at the market and the constant flow of people going by. We’ll meet at 10 am at the south side of the market near the bridge, have lunch at one of the market restaurants and meet again around 3:30 near the bridge. In case of rain we can always sketch inside the market itself. Hope to see you there!



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