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Lachine Painters Demo

May 31, 2015

15May27_Lachine Demo

The other day I was invited out to the Lachine Painters to do a watercolor demo. Thanks very much to Martha Markowsky for orchestrating this opportunity! I used a reference photo from one of my favorite sketching locations in Sao Paulo.  Here’s the original sketchbook version – done in 15 or 20 minutes on a whirlwind sketching day with Liz Steel before the USK workshop last year.


Lachine Snap (2)

The Lachine group had a great setup where the audience could see what I was doing in the mirror behind my head. Very useful. I didn’t have to talk looking back over my shoulder.

As well, Elaine (picture right) provided a simultaneous translation into French. I’m sure that’s quite hard to do – much beyond my ability. Thanks very much Elaine!

Lachine Snap (1)

It was a neat surprise to meet Terry Mosher (center, looking at my book!) – who has sketched political commentary under the pen name Aislin for as long as I can remember. I have always admired editorial sketching – I don’t even like to call it cartooning – but I suppose they have embraced the term.

I’ve never been informed enough to take it up as a practice myself. Perhaps it will be my next career? It’s on the list of ways to utilize my drawing skills :) We’ll see what life brings.


8 Comments leave one →
  1. Nandan Balwalli permalink
    May 31, 2015 9:36 AM

    Liked your watercolor sketches…great work..
    There is life in your work

  2. May 31, 2015 11:32 AM

    Aislin has created the best editorial “cartoons’ ever done in Canada, in my opinion. Wish I could meet him!

  3. Victoria Alger permalink
    May 31, 2015 12:55 PM

    That was a great post today. I am really looking forward to your workshop/visit in fall of 2016. I will be making a presentation about your quals to our group on June 12th. Best Regards, Victoria


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  5. Elaine permalink
    May 31, 2015 6:36 PM

    It was a pleasure having you in Lachine, thanks again…..Merci beaucoup

  6. Louise permalink
    May 31, 2015 6:53 PM

    Love this ! I do watercolors too. Wish I could see a photo of the place! Love the ink drawing.
    Can you guide me in buying a good ink pen? I live an hour from Montreal, Quebec.
    Do you prefer ink cartridge or in bottles to dip in?
    What color of ink would you buy?
    Last, I got told that you have to use your pen every DAY if you don’t want the ink to dry and clog the pen!! What do you think?

    • May 31, 2015 8:19 PM

      I Lamy brand pens as a good starter pen. Easy to take care of. I would get in ‘ink converter’ instead of cartridges – it’s a reusable cartridge so you can use bottled ink in your pens. Ink color – I like reds myself, but there are so many colors. You can get tester vials from Goulet if you want to try out colors :) Using your pen ever day – I don’t they clog that fast – I’ve never had pen clog – but I do change ink color every so often – so I end up cleaning them monthly or so just as a matter of course. Best of luck trying all this out! ~m

  7. June 2, 2015 7:52 AM

    Thanks again, Marc. It was a super demo, much appreciated by the members. Hoping that you will return again to talk about your travels, books and sketches. Have a great summer!

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