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Painting en plein air, around Bay Saint Paul

April 27, 2022

It’s been a few weeks since our plein-air painting trip to Bay St. Paul. (Just a bit downstream from Quebec City). Here’s a few of the good ones. This is Grands-Jardins National Park. Painted from, quite literally, the parking lot at the entrance. You can’t be too fussy when driving around looking for views. If you don’t jump out at the first sign, pretty soon the day is gone and all you’ve done is drive around.


This is the mill pond at the Papeterie Saint-Gilles. A beautiful location! Sadly – we were solidly rained out, so I painted this side-view and will get back to the wonderful paper mill another time.

I have to say, as a long time watercolorist – if you choose to stand and paint in the rain, it’s pretty nice to be painting in oils.


This last one is painted from the deck of our B&B, the Auberge Cap-Aux-Corbeaux. This one is my favorite, because of the amazing view. (jk.) It is a nice view, but not that day :)

All these works are 9×12″ Oil and Cold Wax Medium on Panel. This time I used W&N Griffin Alkyd mixing white – which is a fast drying white. When mixed with traditional oils it does a wonderful job of setting up the paintings in a few days (maybe a week). Dry to the touch in any case. Very handy for impasto work like this, which might have taken months to cure.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bernard permalink
    April 27, 2022 9:30 PM

    Great post – Charlevoix is magnificent (you might want to check the definition of upstream and upriver though, just saying)

  2. Marylin Smith permalink
    April 28, 2022 5:42 PM

    You have certainly mastered “loose”….but the are gorgeous!!!

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