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Return of the Tall Ships

September 18, 2012

This past weekend was the annual visit of the wooden masted Tall Ships. It was neat to be sketching them again –  these ships were the first thing I drew in Montreal, two years ago.

All the riggings and railings on these floating museums are a tremendous challenge. Fortunately, I’ve been drawing a lot of boats, what with the Newfoundland trip. It’s interesting how modern ships replaced the sail’s masts with radio antennas, keeping a similar profile.

Vessels like this used to bring trade goods from all over the world. Today I suppose their cargo is nostalgia. Thousands of people (they expect 300,000 to come through over the four day weekend) turn out for a day of touring the cramped vessels, meeting the crews, enjoying performances of sea shanty’s and folk music, and perhaps a beer served by a pirate wench.

Here’s me and Shari, discussing setting up USK:MTL. We’ve been having a great time sketching together this summer. Hopefully some of you in Montreal can join us, and our newest sketcher, Jane Hannah for Sunday Sketching next weekend!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 18, 2012 9:16 pm

    Great sketches and great montage! The colours of the photos match the boat colours. I think this was taken before someone kicked dirt in my paints…

  2. September 19, 2012 7:12 pm

    I am very excited to start😉

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