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One more weekend on the Mountain, and thanks to everyone!

May 27, 2015

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Last weekend was the USK sketchcrawl on Mount Royal, as well as the Vernissage for the exhibition. Seeing everyone’s work in person reminded me how much we miss looking at art online. Much of the work in the show is in large formats or with texture and fine detail that is lost in web-sized photographs. It’s great to be able to see it all up close.

The show is up for one more weekend. You can still enjoy a day of art on the mountain May 30/31.

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We had a great turnout – I’m going to guess 40 people came for sketching, including some folks from Ottawa and from Vermont, and our own far flung areas – Hudson, Laval, etc.

This is the thing I love best about the urban sketching movement. How it brings people together from all over, to enjoy a day of drawing.

Thanks to everyone who came out to volunteer!

I’m sure the visiting sketchers had a great experience, having all our local USK’ers on hand to show their work-in-progress and share their sketchbooks. For a while there, the vernissage had a ‘kitchen party’ feeling, with everyone crowded in the side room around a big table of the days sketches.

There is talk of doing this show again for next  year – so maybe you’ll make a sketch in the park this summer!


10 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2015 9:45 AM

    Beautiful sketches and those greens are wonderful. Thanks, Marc.

  2. Polly Purpose permalink
    May 27, 2015 10:20 AM

    I love these! How does long does each one take to paint?

    • May 27, 2015 11:04 AM

      These are very fast – plus there was lots of talking, and some rain in between making us move around. I would say – 20 min of serious work spread over a hour or so? But you know – it’s all in the practice behind that. So I would say you could train your eye to do this in about six months? If you had a decent drawing foundation to begin with? I really like this direct sketching in color – but I got here by training my drawing!

      • Polly Purpose permalink
        May 27, 2015 2:56 PM

        Wow – that’s amazing! I think it would take me weeks to do something like that (and lots of photoshop too!) I used to paint and sketch when I was in high school, but that was such a long time ago, I’ve lost those skills unfortunately.

        • May 27, 2015 4:02 PM

          After you get the hang of seeing shapes, it’s not so hard really! Larger to smaller, lighter to darker :) :) that’s all you need :)

  3. May 27, 2015 10:57 AM

    This is really beautiful. I hate that such talent is unrecognized. I love the placing of the benches and what looks like a bridge (could be wrong). Very insidious ;)

    • May 27, 2015 11:04 AM

      Thanks – placement of things to lead the eye – it becomes instinct after a while :) Subtle adjustments to the real world.

  4. Estelle DeRidder permalink
    May 27, 2015 11:47 AM

    This is what attracts me to this group so much. . . . so the building in the top pic is a bit off . . . so what? I think it’s just the contrast between botanical illustration and “sketching” that seems to me will be a very pleasant balance and the interaction with people of a somewhat different mindset.

    I’m thinking – – – I’m thinking . . .

    Meanwhile back at the ranch . . I’ve just spent 2 hours putting together, labeling and packaging enough food for the next month. A while ago I made a few dinners in the crock pot, and Catherine really caught on to that idea. She went online and got recipes from far and wide. I did the shopping last night. We have Italian, some sweet & sour, barbeque, Mexican, Spring veggie soup, Ginger chicken and Cranberry chicken dishes. It definitely makes the dinner hour less “bewitched”.

    We’re all a bit stuffed up and sniffing today, so Cora is not going to school.

    It was so nice visiting with you yesterday – I love it. Take care, dear one, with lots of love

  5. Martha H permalink
    May 27, 2015 11:47 AM

    Just love the top painting with the house. So airy and beautiful

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