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Pop up Show Pops up! Oil Paintings on Exhibition at Farfelu.

May 27, 2015


I have had a generous offer to be a guest artist at Galerie Farfelu in Westmount.

My friends Lydia and Marin are showing their gold and sliver jewellery, and have offered me the wall space in their show. We’ll be there Tuesday June 2 for the opening, or you can see the works in the window anytime between June 1-14.

If you remember these from awhile back – they are quite a departure from my usual watercolors. But in a way – they are an attempt to paint oils like a watercolorist :) In big areas of wet in wet!

If you get a chance to see them in person, you might enjoy the effect.

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One more weekend on the Mountain, and thanks to everyone!

May 27, 2015

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Last weekend was the USK sketchcrawl on Mount Royal, as well as the Vernissage for the exhibition. Seeing everyone’s work in person reminded me how much we miss looking at art online. Much of the work in the show is in large formats or with texture and fine detail that is lost in web-sized photographs. It’s great to be able to see it all up close.

The show is up for one more weekend. You can still enjoy a day of art on the mountain May 30/31.

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We had a great turnout – I’m going to guess 40 people came for sketching, including some folks from Ottawa and from Vermont, and our own far flung areas – Hudson, Laval, etc.

This is the thing I love best about the urban sketching movement. How it brings people together from all over, to enjoy a day of drawing.

Thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer!

I’m sure the visiting sketchers had a great experience, having all our local USK’ers on hand to show their work-in-progress and share their sketchbooks. For a while there, the vernissage had a ‘kitchen party’ feeling, with everyone crowded in the side room around a big table of the days sketches.

There is talk of doing this show again for next  year – so maybe you’ll make a sketch in the park this summer!


::: Les amis de la montagne :::

May 24, 2015

In the morning Benjamin Franklin asked himself this question:
“What good shall I do this day?”
In the evening he would ask the following question:
“What good have I done to-day?”

Today was a really nice day to be out sketching, but it did take awhile before the weather turned for the better. Les amis de la montagne had invited the Montreal Urban Sketchersto come out and paint the mountain today and we were quite a few to participate. When we set out our paraphernalia, it started raining big drops of rain, and slowly the sun fettered out to warm our cold backs. Talking of backs, I had a really sore back since Friday morning when I sneezed and the release went directly in my lower back… yikes! I thought this morning that I might not be able to go out sketching with the Montreal Urban Sketchers on the beautiful Mount Royal in Montreal. So when I woke up, I was very careful to tread carefully, did not do any sudden movements and by the time that I hit the road, I was sitting comfortably in the car, ready for a sketching day. My friend and I, Linda Denis, we painted together and it was just nice to be outside with thousands of other people, walking up and down the mountain. It turned out to be a gorgeous day.

Aujourd’hui était une super belle journée pour peindre malgré le fait que le soleil a pris son temps à se joindre à nous. Les amis de la montagne avaient invités les Urban Sketchers de Montréal pour se joindre à eux pour peindre la montagne du Mont-Royal et nous étions plusieurs au rendez-vous. Comme nous nous étions installés pour commencer à peindre, de grosses gouttelettes d’eau se sont mises à tomber et tranquillement le soleil s’est mis à réchauffer nos dos congelés. En parlant de dos, vendredi matin j’ai éternué et s’est jetée dans le bas de mon dos. Je pensais ce matin que je ne pourrais pas me joindre au groupe, mais tranquillement pas vite, en faisant bien attention à mes mouvements, je me suis levée, déjeuner et très doucement je me suis installée en arrière du volant de mon automobile et tranquillement pas vite, mon amie et moi Linda Denis, avons fait notre petit chemin vers Montréal. Il y avait aussi des milles personnes qui marchaient de long en large sur le Mont-Royal et l’air était très festif. Une superbe journée.

Paper: Saunders Waterford CP 140 lbs.
Colours: Aureolin Yellow, New Gambodge, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, French Ultramarine
Location: Maison Smith, Mount Royal, Montreal, Québec, Canada


Join us on the Mountain this Sunday May 24th

May 19, 2015

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This Sunday May 24th is the open sketching event associated with the Draw Me a Mountain Exhibition. Everyone is welcome, just bring your pens and sketchbook. We will be going ahead no matter what the weather – even if there is rain, we’ll be under the eaves of the buildings :)

Meet at the Smith House at 10 AM, and will have sketchers at scenic spots throughout the day. At 3PM we’ll meet back at the Smith House to enjoy the sketching exhibition and show off the drawings we have done that day.

See you there! Please join us to do some drawing of our mountain!

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: Restaurant Kam Fung :

April 26, 2015

Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people
are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home;
that wildness is a necessity;
and that mountain parks and reservations
are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigation rivers,
but as fountains of life.
— John Muir

Today was a very good day as it started early and had many exciting experiences. First, about 12 Urban Sketchers of Montreal met at la Maison Kam Fung in the Chinese sector of Montreal to have a Chinese Brunch and sketch together. The food was very good and the fellowship with other sketchers was very enjoyable. Then I had to leave as I had a ticket to see the Vincent Van Gogh “A New Way of Seeing”  film at the Kirkland Cineplex. It brought tears to my eyes… his life story is unique and sad too and the quality of the filming, in high definition, is something to see. The next film will be on May 28th on the Impressionists.

Aujourd’hui a été une journée assez productive et intéressante où je me suis joint à environ 12 autres Urban Sketchers de Montréal pour dessiner en brunchant à la Maison Kam Fung dans le quartier chinois de Montréal. La bouffe film sur Van Gogh intitulé “A New Way of Seeing” au Cinéplex de Kirkland. Sa vie a été tellement triste que j’ai été remplie d’émotions! Le prochain film est le 28 mai sur les Impressionistes

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Pen: Pilot Prera Fine
Colours: Raw Sienna, New Gambodge, Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramrine
Location: Restaurant Kam Fung, Montréal, Québec, Canada


Draw Me a Mountain Opens May 2

April 25, 2015

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It’s almost time for the opening of Draw Me A Mountain! We have received a tremendous variety of art work, celebrating our love of Mont Royal. If you live near Montreal, I hope you’ll come out to see the show and participate in the public drawing event.

The Exhibition: Weekends, May 2 to 31, 2015

The exhibition Draw Me a Mountain will be on view as part of Mai 2015 – Mois du mont Royal, on Saturdays and Sundays throughout May, at Les amis de la montagne, in Smith House, in Mount Royal Parc. Public admission is free.

The Public Drawing Day: Sunday, May 24, 2015

You are invited to join Urban Sketchers Montréal for a day of drawing and painting on the Mountain on Sunday, May 24 – the anniversary of the creation of Mount Royal Park.

Here’s a preview of the works in the show:

Volunteers needed for “Draw me a Mountain”

April 18, 2015

Volunteers needed! On May 24th we have our “Draw me a Mountain” Exhibition and Art Day on Mount Royal. We are looking for a few volunteers to act as “sketching guides” for the day or half-day. What is required? Stay in one of our pre-determined sketching spots and draw, and at the same time encourage other newcomers who come to draw in that spot to do the same. It’s kind of like being a docent at the museum. No skills required other than to do what you do best on any Sketching Sunday. Let us know if you are available!



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