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Montreal: The New Drawing Spots

August 31, 2017

By the end of the second week after Chicago, some great things are happening.

I will say I was getting pretty tired by this time. All the days up early and out late with our guests. All the travelling.

But at the same time, two weeks of painting every day is an incredible opportunity.

A lot of the watercolor process is unconscious.

The pigment-to-water ratio, the timing of when paper is wet vs. damp vs. dry.

These things are all done ‘by eye’.

As well, your sense of proportions, and how you simplify – it all becomes a little more instinctive.

I feel like these ones at the end of the week are making better use of interlocking shapes.

Most of these houses are just on the street near our home in Montreal. But this last one is a bit of an outlier.

We headed out to the Marguerite D’Youville bird sanctuary in Chateauguay – for a change of pace from all the architectural drawing.

This is the view from a small dock, looking out over a flooded field of dead trees and scrubby brush.

I was after the feeling of dark water underneath a skin of pale duck weed.

I think it’s usually much greener out here, but for whatever reason, this year it seemed to be a wheat-grass sort of color.

This park is a terrific place for bird watching. We saw herons, egrets and eagles, along with the usual songbirds. My favorite being hummingbirds that come to the feeding stations. And, if you come when it opens at 9AM, you’ll see plenty of deer. There’s also a chance for fox, raccoons, and marmots.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Jason Mullins permalink
    August 31, 2017 12:10 PM

    I love the white space composition in the second painting. Great stuff Marc!

  2. August 31, 2017 12:52 PM

    Your paintings and Shari’s make me long for a visit to Montreal! I’ll put it on my bucket list!

  3. Elizabeth Rutledge permalink
    August 31, 2017 1:11 PM

    I love all of your paintings but as a landscape painter myself, I find that last one exquisite! Thank you for your generous sharing.

  4. August 31, 2017 1:22 PM

    Love them..especially 2 and 3:)

  5. August 31, 2017 2:42 PM

    You nailed the deep water..hard to get…thanks Marc…

  6. August 31, 2017 3:47 PM

    Marc, that last piece, of the bird sanctuary is beyond awesome. You really captured the “dark water underneath a skin of pale duck weed”. It’s downright beautiful with the spots of bright highlights.

  7. August 31, 2017 7:03 PM

    I read most of your post via the email… and so don’t comment. This is just to say again how much I appreciate your blog. I send peeps to your craftsy classes and you are a joy to watch! The second image with its generous white space is lovely.

  8. Cynthia Clarke permalink
    August 31, 2017 7:45 PM

    Hi Marc, I know what you mean about long days painting and long evenings fraternizing.. being at several 10 day overseas workshops. I just love your sketches and commentary!
    As a result, I’ve taken to more pen and ink sketching, finishing off with the water pen for that touch of color wash. Look forward to your blogs!

  9. Paula permalink
    August 31, 2017 8:20 PM

    Always a pleasure to see your posts!

  10. joantav permalink
    August 31, 2017 11:09 PM

    Nice variety of subjects done in your special style!

  11. Jaleh permalink
    September 11, 2017 3:44 PM

    Hi,I want to know where is your water color classe🙏

    • September 11, 2017 3:46 PM

      Hey Jaleh – at the moment, I am only able to offer online classes – here’s some info on my courses: https://citizensketcher.com/videos/

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