The Artistes dans les parcs provided a unique opportunity to sketch at La Foyer de Charite Notre Dame (I think I have that right). Anyways, it’s a huge estate, built on a hill overlooking the St. Lawrence River. It was built by the guy who started the Bank of Montreal.
It’s a gorgeous place with lots to draw but the hilly terrain didn’t make my bad knee very happy. I was so happy to be out sketching, though, that it didn’t really matter.
Here’s a sketch of my buddy Yvan sketching a fountain. I’ve started using the Moleskine watercolor book I mentioned recently and I really don’t like the paper. The colors just all look dull to me when compared to the same paint on my S&B sketchbooks.
After lunch we were up high on the hill. My knee didn’t want to move, so I decided to draw the coastline I could see when I looked over the cliff. The tide was out and I was faced with this scene.
I did a few other, tiny sketches but otherwise I just sat on the porch and enjoyed the view. What a wonderful day. Now, what do you do with an expensive sketchbook you REALLY don’t like?
Tear out the pages you used and give the rest of the book away! I bet someone shopping in a thrift store would love it. Life is too short to use a sketchbook that doesn’t make you happy. (I’m about to switch myself — from Zeta to Beta!)