Sketching Around Quebec’s Parliament

Moleskine watercolor book, Pilot Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

It’s the end of August and we’re finally experiencing summer and we Quebec sketchers are determined to take advantage of it.  Claudette and I decided to meet in front of Parliament for a sketching session.  I got there a few minutes early and decided to spend that time sketching this monument at the entrance to Battlefield Park (the Plains of Abraham to anyone who lives here).  I’m not even sure what it’s a monument to but it served as a target for my pen.  Claudette showed up as I was slopping on some color.

If you climb onto the wall that surrounds the old city and walk over the St. Louis Gate and a bit beyond, you can see this pleasing view of the Quebec Parliament building sticking up above the tree line.  Both of us thought this a good place to sketch.  I got a bit carried away given the amount of time alotted, but this was a lot of fun.

Stillman & Birn Alpha (10×7), Pilot Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

It was windy and this cooled us down to the point that both of us needed coffee, so a short walk ensued and we got some.  After  kibbitzing about sketching and consuming our go juice, we decided that we should go out onto the Plains of Abraham, err…I mean Battlefield Park, and find something small to draw as both of us were a bit tired.

Claudette chose a cannon, an infinitely wise choice.  I decided to do a quick sketch of a larger scene, the refinery across the St. Lawrence, an infinitely not so wise choice.  By the time we finished we were, done, fatigued, worn out, dragging, wiped out, spent, exhausted.  But it was a good kind of tired and we headed home quite satisfied with our day.

Stillman & Birn Alpha (10x7), Pilot Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black

Stillman & Birn Alpha (10×7), Pilot Falcon, Platinum Carbon Black