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Sketching at Chapeau Mont Royal

June 19, 2016

MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (1)The other day Les Amis de la Montagne invited a few sketchers from our drawing group USK:MTL up to the mountain – to attend their annual benefit luncheon Chapeau Mont Royal.MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (5)It’s a fundraiser in support of the famous mountain park that gives our city its name. But also, an opportunity (or maybe a challenge?) for the glitterati of Montreal to come out on a beautiful sunny day and show off their most extravagant party hats!

MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (6)Why not combine civic duty with a chance to show off your unique fashion sense? That seems like a perfectly Montreal solution to keeping our park a vital center in city life.

MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (4)MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (3)These were sketched as the reception line flew by (we knew each guest would have to briefly stop to shake hands with the greeters – a perfect drawing spot for the sketcher-paparazzi). I’m using only a 0.3mm pencil on the moving subjects, jotting written notes as to colors, then painting with watercolor that afternoon.


We did our best to play along with the theme. I even replaced my ubiquitous baseball cap.  I mean – the most important thing for me is shading my eyes when drawing. Men’s hats right now are experiencing a shrinking brim situation!

So, thanks to Les Amis – and now that we know the score, maybe we’ll be back next year with some fancy millinery arts of our own :)MHolmes_Chapeau Montreal (2)

18 Comments leave one →
  1. June 19, 2016 12:38 PM

    Love this!! And you all look very polished:)

  2. Mary McLaughlin permalink
    June 19, 2016 12:43 PM

    wow – absolutely LOVE these! I appreciate your sharing your process – it’s very helpful.

  3. June 19, 2016 12:53 PM

    The paintings are as beautiful and lively as an actual fashion, runway show. 🎉

  4. Jane Pfeiffer permalink
    June 19, 2016 1:26 PM

    I think these are wonderful!

  5. June 19, 2016 2:15 PM

    While I truly love your city- and land-scapes, these fast and loose little portraits are my absolute favorites. With the merest suggestion, you are able to evoke such style and flamboyance. I especially like your long-necked brunette with the Mucha-esque hair.

  6. katzp2014 permalink
    June 19, 2016 2:38 PM

    What a fun subject! Cheers, Patricia

  7. June 19, 2016 3:12 PM

    Beautiful sketches – quite stunning!

  8. permalink
    June 19, 2016 9:38 PM

    The sketches are great, but the “new look” you are sporting is fab! Especially the hat!

  9. June 19, 2016 11:41 PM

    Fresh, fun, terrific!

  10. Elena permalink
    June 20, 2016 8:56 AM

    So vibrant! What palette did you use? Those dark reds almost look like ink…

    • June 20, 2016 9:05 AM

      That would be perlyne maroon probably. Also I make some adjustments at the scanning stage to get the value I’m after. (As these aren’t ‘fine art’ – more like sketch jouranlism for the society pages :)
      Oh, and all my colors are listed on the watercolor supplies tab, on the upper right on PC or under the menu on mobile. ~m

  11. June 20, 2016 11:38 AM

    Such fun! As usual you caught it all Marc.

  12. June 20, 2016 1:44 PM

    Quick portraits trying to capture some essence are the most exhilarating drawing adventures, don’t you agree?

  13. June 20, 2016 7:25 PM

    Reblogged this on starlitportraits.

  14. June 21, 2016 4:56 AM

    Have taken your Craftsy classes and always amazed at how quickly you can sketch people. I love your use of color-which also shows movement. I agree with the above–love the hat.

  15. tmikeporter permalink
    June 21, 2016 10:44 AM

    Looking rather dapper there, Mr. Holmes…your sketches as well.

  16. June 21, 2016 4:40 PM

    Fun and full of energy. Thanks for sharing.

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