Birth place: Earth
Today I met up with Linda Drewry’s gang of painters in the beautiful setting of Parc René-Lévesque. There is everything that a plein air painter needs! A quaint little ice cream parlor with sunny umbrellas and bikes to rent, views of distant bridges, a marina, church views, waterways, Lake St. Louis and all kinds of stone statues dispersed throughout the park, and mind you, I just walked about the first quarter of it. Great day -)
Paper: Saunders Waterford CP
Colours: New Gambodge, Q. Rose, Burnt Sienna, Cobalt Blue & some Ultramarine
Location: Parc René Lévesque, Canal Lachine, Québec, Canada
There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep Sea, and music in its roar:
I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
— Lord Byron
For the month of July the Montreal Urban Sketchers met up at Stewart Hall in Pointe. Claire to draw, paint and picnic at the same time and even though the weather was dreary and almost cold, there were 16 brave souls that came to paint from all over the island of Montreal. The staff at Stewart Hall always treat us really well, they have some food, water and coffee for us and it was a really enjoyable day.
Paper: Handbook Travelogue Sketchbook 8″x8″
Colours: Naples Yellow, New Gambodge, Perylene Maroon, Ultramarine
Ink: Noodlers Lexington Grey
Location: Stewart Hall in Pointe. Claire, Québec, Canada
Nights in white satin
Never reaching the end
Letters I’ve written
Never meaning to send
— Moody Blues
Value sketchings — oooh how important they are! They permit you to see through one colour the three, four or five different values that exist (perhaps even more). For this painting there are five values… from white to very dark violet (you could actually think in percentages of tints if you prefer). Sometimes I explain this by using the analogy of adding milk or white paint to a colour. The more white paint that you add, the lower it lies on the value scale. If you think of value scales as being zero for white and 10 for black, these five values would be in the range of 0, 3, 5, 8 and 10. Can you see them? Once you start seeing these values, you are ready to paint or appreciate photographs… the principles of design are the same for all art forms. Once these values are set, and the value sketch makes sense, then I know that the painting will be fine….
Paper: Travelogue Handbook 8″ x 8″
Colours: Carbazole Violet
Location: 24 Penny Lane, Burlington, Vermont, USA
If, when facing the paper, you say to yourself, ‘I’m an artist,’ you haven’t a clue as to what to do! If, however, you say, ‘I am an entertainer, a shapemaker and an expressive symbol collector,’ you know the task ahead and how to proceed. (Edgar A. Whitney)
Had a wonderful time this weekend in Burlington under the watchful gaze of Shari and 14 other sketchers. We painted for two full days, and I was pooped at the end of both days. Burlington is a beautiful city with magnificent views of the mountains. My challenge for the weekend was to paint without the use of an ink line… just lead. For some this might appear trivial, but for me it was definitely a challenge as being a graphic artist for all of my life, I have relied heavily on the line for everything that I had to do. For this sketch, I tried to apply the principle that cold colours recede in the distance and warm colours move up, grow forward. I also tried to apply atmospheric perspective to the clouds with the closest clouds being big while the far away clouds were small. I also liked the way that with one sweep of the brush, I could leave some white in the water (bottom left-hand side).
Paper: Arches CP
Colours: Yellow Primary, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna & Ultramarine
Fountain Pen: NONE -)))
Location: Penny Lane in Burlington, Vermont, USA