A couple weeks ago our daughter came to spend the weekend and rather than have her take the bus back to Montreal I drove her there, giving me an excuse to visit the Avenue des Arts, a wonderful art store. I spent way too much money there but gosh, what’s a guy to do when a store has DeAtramentis Document inks, Stillman & Birn sketchbooks, and a bunch of other great stuff that isn’t available in Quebec City?
The next morning I headed off to the Montreal Botanical Gardens where I spent half a day sketching stuff, including this place that’s part of the Chinese pavilion there. l had a great time but was quite tired when I headed back to Quebec City.
Slowly but surely I’m getting back into sketching. It’s amazing how out of practice once can get at normal walking after spending nearly four years with a limp (grin). Yesterday I went on my training walk by walking with my daughter to an appointment she had not far from our home. While she was doing her thing, I did this quick sketch, using a fude pen.
I sketched very quickly (some my say sloppily) and so I had time to throw a bit of color on it before she returned. I suppose this is a landmark sketch for me as it’s the first in a very long time. Hopefully I can get back to a daily routine. If there’s one thins COVID and my bad knee has taught me it’s the power of routine to keep your skills up. Mine are way down right now. Feels real good, though, to click on Location Sketching as a tag for this sketch.
This is day four of my warmed-over Halloween/Thanksgiving sketches. It’s also Halloween and I hope you all have a Happy Halloween even if you aren’t out trick-or-treating and/or scaring other people or yourself. Here’s another couple sketches I did last year at this time. Hopefully by October 2021 things will be a bit better for all of us.
I got lucky with this sketch. Anyone who has tried knows that sketching moving people is hard. In this case there was a very long row of kiosks and this mother was enjoying (??) some time with her son. He wanted to touch everything, of course, and so it was fun to watch the interaction as they looked at pumpkins. I was lucky because I started grabbing the people shapes as they stood in front of one kiosk and they took up a position that was almost identical, in front of another kiosk and stood there for a while. I drew them and then the the first kiosk full of pumpkins. One thing about pumpkins, they don’t move.
This is my best Halloween sketch ever, though the credit must go to the people who mounted a huge spider on their house. I was riding the bus home from a doctor’s appointment when I first saw it. The next day I went back, sat across from the house on a very busy street and drew it. Isn’t it amazing?
Yesterday I started celebrating Halloween by posting sketches I’ve done during past Halloween seasons, you remember….before COVID. Here are a couple more. This one I remember well because I “knew” that someone was going to get upset with me standing, almost in the street, sketching their front door. This was done in 2013.
This one was done in 2015. It’s of a display they put up in front of city hall. And yes, the manikin looks that stiff (grin). More tomorrow.
Every year, during this last week in October, the sketching community posts a flood of great sketches of pumpkins, witches and ghouls of all sorts. It’s not happening this year because we’re all sitting inside, looking out on a world that has cancelled Halloween.
But you know, we all say that our sketching provides memories, that we’re documenting our world, and we HAVE done exactly that for many Halloweens in the past. Soo…what I’m going to do is post a couple of my old Halloween/Thanksgiving sketches each day until Halloween. Thanksgiving in Canada is in the same month as Halloween so pumpkin displays sort of merge together. That’s why I’m going to include some of those sketches.
To start things off I’ve gone way back. These are the first pumpkin sketches I ever did. The first one was done on a very rainy, cold day and I remember sitting under the eave of our farmer’s market as I sketched it. Mostly I remember the cold.
We always claim that each sketch we do conjours up personal memories of the day we did it. I’m afraid this one does not. I have no idea and I suspect that’s because I set up the still life in our kitchen or some such. Note the dates here…October 2012
More tomorrow. I encourage others to do the same. Let’s not let these holidays pass uncelebrated just because of a pesky little virus.