Category Archives: Urban Sketching

Roman Baths

My second day with Jane Blundell and her 5-day bootcamp and I have to say that it is quite wonderful… was and is as she is a natural teacher, very nice, knowledgeable and has a good rhythm. Not too many … Continue reading

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:: Summer solstice ::

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken. — James Dent In the beautiful Jack Layton Park in Hudson I sat at one of … Continue reading

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:: Sketchbook Skool & Koosje Koene ::

Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. — Greg Anderson Woke up this morning and to my surprise, I had a good night’s sleep (for those of you … Continue reading

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:: Église St-Enfant-Jésus du Mile End ::

“There is no such thing as an amateur artist as different from a professional artist,” wrote Paul Cezanne, “There is only good art and bad art.” The Montreal Urban Sketchers were out sketching out today and the weather was beautiful, … Continue reading

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Redpath Museum with USK:Mtl

     A poem is when you have the sky in your mouth. It is hot like fresh bread, when you eat it, a little is always left over.      A poem is when you hear the heartbeat of … Continue reading

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:: L’île noire ::

That painter who has no doubts will achieve little. — Leonardo da Vinci It is snowing outside in my forested haven & it is the third time this season. It fills my joints with pain and my heart with some sort of joy … Continue reading

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Oh boy, what a shock!

Meraki [may-rah-kee] Meraki is doing something with total love and pure soul. It is leaving a little piece of yourself in your creative work. This morning I woke up at 5:00 am and as I was getting up I noticed that the light … Continue reading

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:: Picnic vernissage day at Stewart Hall ::

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. … Continue reading

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:: Moody blues ::

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 … Continue reading

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:: Penny Lane ::

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 … Continue reading

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Sunday Sketching, Stewart Hall in Pointe-Claire on July 10th

“Nothing awakens us to the reality of life so much as a true love,” — Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother. On Sunday July 10th the Montreal Urban Sketchers  have been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall … Continue reading

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Botanical Gardens :: Jardin botanique

Art happens — no hovel is safe from it, no prince can depend on it, the vastest intelligence cannot bring it about. — (James Abbott McNeill Whistler, 1834–1903) Today the Urban Sketchers of Montreal were out strong even though the … Continue reading

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:: C2 Montreal ::

“What’s the use of falling in love if you both remain inertly as-you-were?” — Mary McArthy, writer & political activist, 1912–1989 Some USK Montreal sketchers were invited to paint/draw during a full day of C2 Montreal events.  C2 means “Commerce & … Continue reading

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Summer day :: Journée d’été

“The protection of minorities is vitally important; and even the most orthodox of us may find himself in a minority some day, so that we all have an interest in restraining the tyranny of majorities.” — Maria Popova The Urban … Continue reading

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USK:MTL Sunday Sketching Sunday Sketching May 22 : Draw me a Mountain!

Hello everyone — I will be there with many others this coming Sunday and the weather will be gorgeous. Come and join us -) It is time again for the Mois du Mont-Royal / Month of the Mountain! For the … Continue reading

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:: Sleep well Mom ::

But it is light that counts above everything. Not colored light, but color that gives off light–radiance! — Robert Motherwell, 1915-1991 I received a phone call this morning at 4:00 am & it was my sister telling me that my … Continue reading

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:: Dorchester Square & Place du Canada ::

“If you want your children to be intelligent,” Einstein is credited with proclaiming, “read them fairy tales. If you want them to be very intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” —Brainpickings The Montreal Urban Sketchers met up today at Place du … Continue reading

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Save this date :: July 10 juillet 2016 :: Inscrivez cette date

We are hoping for a warm summer so that we can enjoy sketching the great outdoors of Montreal. On Sunday July 10th the Urban Sketchers Montreal has been invited to a Picnic Vernissage Day at Stewart Hall’s Cultural Centre in Pointe-Claire. Stewart Hall is situated in a … Continue reading

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:: Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Secours ::

Hope is a gift you don’t have to surrender, a power you don’t have to throw away. And though hope can be an act of defiance, defiance isn’t enough reason to hope. But there are good reasons. — Rebecca Solnit … Continue reading

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:: A promise ::

The other afternoon, when you fell asleep on my shoulder, I drifted off, too. But before I did, it occurred to me looking around at all of your things and your work and going through years of work in my … Continue reading

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:: Grande bibliothèque de Montréal ::

          You must clean and arrange your studio in a way that will forward a quiet state of mind. This cautious care of atmosphere is really needed to show respect for the work. Respect for art … Continue reading

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Painting & Eating :: Peinture & bouffe

You little dumpling… So fluffy and endearing, floating on that sea of brown, appearing as a bloated whale. I won’t be interfering with your buoyancy. Won’t even be peering into the pan. I’m waiting for the moment when you, dumpling, are dumped upon my … Continue reading

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:: Another promise fulfilled ::

I was obliged to be industrious. Whoever is equally industrious will succeed… equally well. — Johann Sebastian Bach They say that Johann Sebastian Bach worked at least 60 hours a week on his music. Pablo Picasso painted 18 hours a day. … Continue reading

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:: Stressful Times ::

What one has most to work and struggle for in painting is to do the work with a great amount of labour and sweat in such a way that it may afterward appear, however much it was laboured upon, to … Continue reading

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:: Doing nothing ::

“It takes a lot of time to be a genius. You have to sit around so much doing nothing, really doing nothing.” — Gertrude Stein Well today I arrived earlier at work and decided to draw this out sitting in my … Continue reading

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