Skip to content

Your Secret Winter Drawing Spots: Send my publisher a Comment and Win a Copy of The Urban Sketcher!

January 12, 2017


Hey everyone! I wanted to point to an article of mine about winter sketching: Drawing Inside, Looking Out.

It’s up on my publisher’s blog as of this morning – AND – they’re running a contest!

If you’re a US citizen – all you have to do is post a comment on their blog and you’ll be entered to win a package of art supplies. (I don’t know what – probably donated product samples) – as well as a copy of The Urban Sketcher. Which all of you have already I am sure, but will make an excellent gift to a friend, or donation to your local library.


The idea of the article is to collect your secret spots where you can stand inside, and draw looking out.

Like this view from the third story lobby at the Hotel Bonaventure, overlooking Place du Canda. (Link to Map). I found this spot by accident while attending a conference, and have been back to draw it a couple of times. They have another spot – a glassed in faux-Japanese garden – so you get two for one here. Plus the hotel bar if you are so inclined.


Or this fun one from the Montreal Science Center (Link to Map). You can stay as long as you like in the giant lobby without paying to get into the exhibition. Use their huge windows to sketch the old port in all directions, even sketch from the museum cafe.


This little church is hidden in a courtyard behind the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, seen from the ground floor lobby, facing Rue de la Gauchetière. (Link to Map). You can get there from the metro without even going outside :)

If we all post with our city and our favorite ‘secret winter drawing spots’ everyone benefits :) They can even be used in warmer weather on a rainy day.

At the end of the month I’ll summarize the list here for everyone to use. Feel free to include a link to your own sketch if you like. You’ll be helping out everyone as we hunt for good places to sketch this winter.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. sunshine1308site permalink
    January 12, 2017 1:29 PM

    These sketches are AMAZING!! ^_^

  2. holmar58 permalink
    January 12, 2017 3:14 PM

    Wonderful sketches of my old home town… thank you Mark for the great sketches of Montreal.

  3. Joe fidler permalink
    January 12, 2017 3:27 PM

    Love your sketches! Sounds like a great place, must try to visit someday!

  4. Babs TwoDove permalink
    January 12, 2017 3:39 PM

    So jealous. Wish I had architecture in my town like this – and so plentiful too. Question: Are you drawing the major branches and doing a quick simple wash or dabs on the trees because they are, at the time of year, bare? Or just because you’re working fast?

    • January 12, 2017 5:05 PM

      Both! :) Yes, that’s just it – they are a bare right now so just a ball of reddish twigs. So it’s a fast way to indicate and to still see though them. I scribble the ‘ball’ of the canopy – even if it isn’t there :)

  5. rhondacaplan permalink
    January 12, 2017 4:05 PM

    Why is this draw only available to a person in the United States?

    • January 12, 2017 4:39 PM

      My book publisher is American and has those rules :) I think it’s blanket rule for the cost of postage is all.

  6. Sheryl C permalink
    January 13, 2017 6:49 AM

    Your sketches never fail to inspire me! These faster, sketchier ones are real studies in using minimal detail but achieving recognizable places.

  7. February 8, 2017 8:27 AM

    I really do love this style of art. Check my stuff out if you have the chance to.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: