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USK:MTL Sketchcrawl at the Musee

January 28, 2013

Yesterday 18 Montrealers met up for our monthly Sunday Sketching outing. This time at the Musee de Beaux Arts. Many people sketched views out the windows. Everyone is chafing to be on the street drawing. I think it’s still a few cold months away.


I took the opportunity to do studies in the classical sculpture room. Technically visitors at the Musee are only allowed to sketch in pencil. In practice they don’t seem to mind a discreet bit of ballpoint pen, or even a little water pen and pan colors – but I think they’d draw the line at pulling out the tube colors.

In any case – I wouldn’t normally draw in pencil if it weren’t for the regulations. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. It’s actually very relaxing. I think cast drawing would make great art therapy. It’s very calming, especially next to all this live-action-drawing I’ve been up to lately. I wonder if this is another sub-category for Urban Sketching – we could start a slow sketching movement! Perhaps that’s a topic for a future workshop.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 28, 2013 3:32 PM

    Sign me up for that slow-sketcher movement, Marc. I’m a natural :-) I agree that museum sketching is very relaxing. The ambiance is very quiet and the subjects don’t move. I’ve been entering the Musee de la Civilisation here in Quebec City when they open and, aside from the staff, I’m often the only one in the room where I’m sketching. I’m addicted to sketching samurai helmets :-)

    Cheers — Larry

    • marctaro permalink*
      January 28, 2013 6:35 PM

      We have a small samurai show here at the Point museum, I’ve been meaning to go. Good idea!

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