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Pointe-a-Calliere New France Market: Sunday Sketching

August 26, 2013

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Just back from yesterday’s event at the Pointe-a-Calliere museum in old Montreal.  A big group of USk:MTL sketchers came out to draw the costumed re-enactors at the 18th century public market.

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We had great weather for drawing and plenty of subject matter. Musicians and merchants, potters and soap makers, sea captains taking on crew, pirates dodging soldiers, and the black-robed priest chastising tourists about their immodest clothing.




If you’re in Montreal on a fourth Sunday, we hope you’ll look up our sketching plans at the USK:MTL blog. Everyone is welcome!


15 Comments leave one →
  1. August 26, 2013 3:55 PM


  2. August 26, 2013 5:55 PM

    Looks like a lot of fun. Sorry I missed it!

  3. sanyi Sebe permalink
    August 26, 2013 8:11 PM

    I like these last ones,


    Sent from my iPad

  4. August 26, 2013 11:57 PM

    What a beautiful use of color in these two pieces!

  5. August 29, 2013 9:02 AM

    Loks like a fun place to sketch! Great job on all the characters and costumes.

  6. September 6, 2013 5:23 PM

    I am so inspired to go to the next medieval market in my part of Europe right now. Your 18th century market looks very fancy, especially in your sketches!

  7. Nytha Oronga permalink
    September 6, 2013 11:35 PM

    Both your photography and your sketches are beautiful. Congratulations on a well-done blog.

    • marctaro permalink*
      September 7, 2013 11:27 AM

      Well, thanks! I have to give credit where due – the photography is, by and large, my wife Laurel’s work. I keep telling her she should start her own blog – perhaps we might see it soon :)

  8. rooi permalink
    September 9, 2013 6:16 AM

    hi Marc..
    i follow Shari’s blog and that leads me to yours..
    both amazing artists Shari and you.
    do you have workshop outside of Montreal? i mean like closer to Australia?
    i asked Shari the same questions.. how i wish i could do Shari’s and your workshop.

    your seemingly effortless people in motion drawings mesmerise me…
    how did you do it?
    i am going to get the dancer drawing print you have on Etzy..

    keep it up..

    • marctaro permalink*
      September 9, 2013 9:08 AM

      Hey Rooi :) Thanks for stopping by. I would love to go see AUS – Not sure how I’d get down there – possibly we do need to organize a workshop to pay the freight. But if you’re in Sydney you could see about taking something with our friend Liz Steele? I highly recommend drawing with her sometime. It’s great watching her work. She’ll open your eyes to how spontaneous and exciting sketching can be.

      Drawing people: here’s the trick – about 6 months of 5 min life drawing poses! When I decided to get serious about drawing, there was a two or three year period where I went to short-pose figure drawing classes as often as I could – about 2 times a week, sometimes more. It’s the best training possible. Doing lots of 3-5 min poses keeps you learning at a good pace.
      Gesture Drawing
      Watercolor Figures

      • rooi permalink
        September 10, 2013 5:50 AM

        10,000 hours I once told.. to be good at sketching… :)

        I did a couple of terms with Erin Hills and she often talks about Liz and her workshops.. I shall check them out.

        checking out your works on flickr definitely flare up the flame..

        please do plan to come to land of oz.. brilliant weather i promise you.

        I might still save up to visit montreal next or year after.. you never know!
        then I can take classes with both Shari and you.. 2 stones in 1 go.


        • marctaro permalink*
          September 10, 2013 6:25 AM

          Liz calls the ten thousand hours the”Hard Yards” which sounds great in an Aus accent – so I use that all the time now :)

          It would be awesome if you came up to Montreal, you’d be the new title holder for coming furthest distance to sketch with us! That would be quite a story ;)


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