Back by popular request: dim sum and sketching for March!!
March 23rd: Dim Sum Brunch
Lets meet at 10am at Restaurant Kam Fung, It’s on the second floor at 1111, Rue Saint-Urbain – the big building on the corner of St. Urbain and René Lévesque.
We can have a relaxed dim sum breakfast and sketch the delicacies as we eat – or if you want to sketch on the street, head down to the nearby the shops in Chinatown.
We can meet up at 3pm on the street level at the intersection of St-Urbain and De la Gauchetière to find somewhere nearby for coffee or a bubble tea – and the ritual of showing off sketchbooks.
The Montreal Urban Sketchers gathered together (my guess is that we were 20-25) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts today. Some sketchers went off to paint the surrounding architecture from the amazing windows (remember that it is still too cold to paint outside in Montreal at the moment), others went to the Inuit section and painted fabulous Inuit art! Some of us went straight to the Peter Doig Exhibit, artist extraordinaire. What was fascinating for me today was to try and emulate his technique… after three tries, I was still very far from his mastery, but still I was starting to get it. This got me thinking too! Can you really comprehend an artist’s point of view without trying to recreate what he does? Is this why so many painters rely on the Masters to guide them and show them the way? So this is my rendering of one of his posters of the Owl and then of his Bateau Rouge. Because of the museum’s reasonable restrictions on water-based paintings, I drew with a fountain pen what I was looking at… I might follow through later on and put in dabs of colour. For now, this is what I have.
Les sketchers urbains se sont rencontrés aujourd’hui, environ 20-25 personnes,au Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal. Certains ont choisi de peindre l’architecture extérieure vue des immenses fenêtres du musée (il faut se rappeler qu’à Montréal en ce moment il fait toujours trop froid pour peindre dehors), d’autres ont choisi de peindre la section d’art Inuit, et certains d’entre nous ont décidé d’aller voir l’exposition de Peter Doig, peintre extraordinaire! Aujourd’hui j’ai essayé de peindre comme lui et après trois essais, j’ai commencé à comprendre sa technique ou au moins sa façon de faire — et quand même très très loin de sa maîtrise. Est-ce que quelqu’un peut réellement comprendre un artiste s’il n’essaie pas de le reproduire? À cause des règlements du Musée concernant l’usage d’eau, j’en ai profité pour dessiner à la plume fontaine -)
Paper: Handbook Travelogue
Fountain Pen: Pilot Prera F
Ink: Noodlers’ Lexington Gray
Not far from the Laurier Metro Station, you will find this unique restaurant on St-Denis Street. I had often driven by and wished to draw it some day. A few days ago luckily I found a parking spot just about in front of it on the west side of the street. In fact it was a reserved spot for delivery of merchandise but I took a chance anyway to draw and paint this vintage restaurant from the interior of my car on a cold day. If you are familiar with watercolor and ink you will realize that painting this particular scene was a challenge. Because I had to render most of the image in blacks and whites and attempt to render the shine of the metal I had no room for any modification. Rendering receding perspective, the look of reflecting glass and maintaining the white of the paper to represent the snow in slight contrast to adjacent grey tones posed certain hurdles I had to be confident to attain. I sketched right away with a felt tip pen starting at the bent corner of the building at left working my way right and back left gradually. The first color that was laid in was black. This goes contrary to watercolor principles, where one traditionally works from light to dark. However, in this case I felt I had to indicate the darkest dark, black, in order to measure the subtle greys against it. Although the metal sidings are in metal I tried to keep the drawing loose enough to create a winter dirty city snow look. The two red awnings and the red coat lady were just what was needed to warm up and contrast the stark greys and blacks. The hints of green were added being influenced by reflections of that complementary color from somewhere around. I particularly like the way this one worked out. It was worth the challenge. Size: 6 x 8 in on Moleskine paper while listening to beautiful Giorgia Fumante music in my car.
Announcing: Urban Sketchers Sketch Seminar coming to Chicago June 7th and 8th, 2014
Details on their [BLOG].
We’ll be back at an old favourite spot for February 23: the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montréal. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. at the main entrance to the museum. If you have a late start we usually gather in the museum café sometime around noon to show our sketches. See you there!
If you have any suggestions for great winter meeting spots please let us know. We’re always open to suggestions.
PLEASE NOTE: PAUL AND LIZ’S WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT !
Sounds like they have some creative stuff planned. Check out the full workshop description [HERE].
Book this fast, it’s sure to sell out!
I’ve had great days drawing with both of these artists in Lisbon and Barcelona (we usually go sketching in the few days after the big USk workshop) – I highly recommend this event, I’m sure you’ll have a great time, and I know they can help energize your sketching. If you were thinking of getting over to AUS, here’s a fine reason.
The difficulty in sketching a scene at or near a Metro Station from my car – directly, or sur le motif – is finding a parking spot from which to paint without getting a parking ticket. I enjoy the challenge. I think of it as a game. Some days I spend as much time spinning around a Metro Station as time painting it. Today was a case in point. I was permitted a ten minute parking limit. I cheated the system a bit by moving my car back and forth from one spot to another every ten minutes to be on the safe side. Can you guess where I was painting this scene from?
Lorsque je dessine une scène en directe tout près d’une bouche de métro la difficulté est de trouver un stationnement propice sans recevoir une contravention. C’est un défi intéressant que j’accepte comme un jeu. Certaines fois je circule autour des rues autant que je dessine. Aujourd’hui ne faisait pas exception. J’étais alloué dix minutes de stationnement. Donc, j’ai bougé ma voiture aux dix minutes. Pouvez-vous devinez où j’étais?