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Tilting at Windmills : Painting Quebec History

November 17, 2014

14July15_Ile Perrot

This one is from back before the book release started to envelop all my available time.  It’s from my summer watercolor sprint. The work I did just before heading to Brazil.

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This quaint windmill is on L’Île-Perrot in the Pointe du Moulin – a tiny park on the south east tip of the island. In the summers they have a bit of historic recreation going on here, but I missed the costumed docents for the year. I did however, meet a genuine Voyageur.

While I was painting, a fellow beached his canoe. As I sketched, he proceeded to unload about 500 pounds of gear, and carry it, then his canoe, up the bank to the parking area. It was worth striking up a conversation to find out what was up. He told me he was just back from three months canoeing the great lakes – a few weeks of that being lost in terrible weather – trying to follow routes established by his grandfather. Not for any reason, other than to be closer to his heritage as a Quebecois. He was quite the physical specimen. Looked completely the part of the rugged outdoors-man. I didn’t doubt any part of his story, and was impressed to have met him.

That chance meeting is exactly why I love painting out in the world. You can never say what’s going to happen on a given day.

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This outing, I’d forgotten one key part to my tripod. (The threaded bit where the drawing table attaches). Fortunately I could use this stone wall as a table. I did have to pile rocks on the drawing boards to keep them from blowing away. I think the unsteady work situation added some excitement to the brush work. That and all the spiders coming out of those rocks. I was careful not to jump around like a little girl while Mr. Voyageur was anywhere near by.

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda permalink
    November 17, 2014 4:24 PM

    Wonderfully gestural…I especially love how you painted the roof of the windmill!

  2. Anne permalink
    November 17, 2014 5:03 PM

    Agreed…and, how you painted the blades, too. Hmmm, maybe you’re influencing me not to fill in missing parts.

  3. Mandy permalink
    November 17, 2014 5:27 PM

    Lovely. <3

  4. tlmardon permalink
    November 17, 2014 6:30 PM

    Thanks for reminding me about oiling out. I’ve done the smalls and going to do the big one and then you say it can be varnished later.  Xo t. Sent from Samsung Mobile

  5. November 17, 2014 9:36 PM

    The windmill struck me as something Winslow Homer would have painted. The casual path leading up to the red framed door are terrific. I liked the way you kept the green passages in check with its compliment.

  6. tmikeporter permalink
    November 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    So fortunate to have such a subject to paint!

  7. November 22, 2014 11:43 AM

    Beautiful work. I’m looking forward to working through your book.

  8. Ed Morris permalink
    November 25, 2014 11:43 AM

    Hi Marc, we would be interested in having you do a workshop in Asheville, NC this summer, if this something you would do.

    • November 25, 2014 5:12 PM

      Hey Ed – getting back to you by email. Thanks for touching base! ~m

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