Fall officially came to Quebec a couple weeks ago. Many of the trees, and certainly Mr Weathermaker, didn’t get the memo. We’ve had very warm temperatures for a last couple weeks and the trees are very confused as daylength tells them to drop their leaves but the temps are saying “not yet.”
But, slowly and as surely as politicians will screw things up, winter is approaching. For me, a street sketcher, it’s a time of transition. It’s a time when I start figuring out what/where I’m going to sketch once it gets too cold outside to do what I love – sketch on the streets.
To that end I’m thinking about museums, have convinced myself that I should try, again, to sketch from photos, and that I should use Google Maps “pegman” to sketch in exotic places while snow blankets my world. We’ll see.
In the meantime I’ve been doing some sketching. I received a handmade tan-paper sketchbook from my buddy Pat Ng in Singapore and did this sketch to sort of break it in. The gulls love to sit on the lamp posts around here so I had plenty of source material for this sketch.
This sketch was done in celebration of the show the trees put on for us every year. Fairly simple, I combined a Uniball UM-120 black pen (.5) with a Uniball UM-151 brown-black (.38) pen and did it in a Stillman & Birn Alpha (4×6) sketchbook. The fence lets me call it an ‘urban sketch’ 🙂
I spent Monday night looking at a bunch of sketches done by Liz Steel, a very talented architect/sketcher. She talks about how she works very quickly and why. The next day I was walking down a street and saw this little house. I decided to try out Liz’s philosophy/approach and while I didn’t produce anything near the quality of her sketches, once I buried the ‘ooooo…that’s not right’ and ‘oops…left that out’ I found the results interesting and I’ll probably do some more like this. Took less than 10 minutes, including the time to get out my watercolor kit and waterbrush. It was done in my ‘el cheapo’ 3×5 notebook and my Uniball UM-120 (.5) pen.
Sketching, no matter how it’s done, is fun and after two years of doing it, I can’t imagine a day without it in my life.
Fall has definitely fallen in the Pacific Northwest, and I, too, am reluctantly thinking about where I’ll be sketching all winter… I’ll probably be spending a lot of time at the natural history museum. Love the gull on the lamp post, as well as your building ala Steel! She’s one of my sketching heroes, too.
I’ll look forward to seeing more of your natural history museum sketches. Wish we had one here.
Cheers — Larry