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Corner of sixth

December 27, 2013

Urban sketching really connects you to your surroundings in a way that studio painting does not. I haven’t been out in my car to paint for a while (extreme cold weather, lots of snow, holidays, etc.) but drawing this morning reminded of what I like best about being out there, even if it is from the confines of a vehicle. As I painted, it became clear that someone inside the convenience store was watching me. First I could see a silhouette in the window, then the door opened a crack and closed. This happened several times until the man ventured out to the stoop for a smoke. He tried not to stare at me but when I finally lifted up my sketch to show him, a connection was made. He smiled and crossed the street to see it. I guess Montreal is still a fairly safe place because I rolled down my window to talk to him, something that I might have been reluctant to do before I started sketching outdoors. We had a little chat about what I was doing, where else I had sketched, and he had a look through the book. Once his curiosity was satisfied it was pretty much as before — I finished my sketch and he went back to dépanneur business.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2013 4:47 pm

    Lovely story and great sketch!

  2. Leanne permalink
    December 27, 2013 9:13 pm

    Really like this sketch – good job!

  3. Gina B. permalink
    December 28, 2013 8:43 am

    Thanks and Happy New Year Shari!

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