:: Inktober 10 Gigantic ::

“The emotions have … their own sense of scale. In the emotional world a small thing can touch the heart and the imagination every bit as much as something impressively gigantic.”
— Henry Beston

For this gigantic theme, I had quite a few ideas… a gigantic meteorite coming towards Earth (I thought too close to our current fears), then had this idea of a giant pumkpin sitting somewhere in the dark. I chose this idea because I still wanted to test out a bit more the effects of Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White and also to try out my new Black Star Matte ink colours… and wow! Usually black leaves streaks of grey, but not this one. It is dense, opaque, non streaking and can be diluted with water too. The grey sky colour is a mix of the Black Star colour with the Pen-White colour and this one did streak, but still good as the white is very opaque too. I am glad with these experiments today.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink & Dr. Ph. Martin’s Pen-White & Black Star Matte
Watercolour: DS B. Orange
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober2017 #10 Gigantic Theme.
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:: Inktober 9 screech theme : The invisible driver ::

The creative process helps reduce stress and anxiety.
Creativity retrains you to accomplish just for the self instead of others.
— Debbie Mandel

The screech theme, so many options available. I thought first that I could draw an owl in full flight screeching at its victim. Then I thought of someone screaming at someone. Then I thought of a car screeching past me… and that was it!

This Inktober challenge is a great challenge and at the same time so needed. It is forcing me to discover ideas and how to plan without having the “real” thing in front of me, something that I have been relying on in past years, then changing and playing with different mediums. In watercolour, when it comes to adding white the choices are always very difficult as when I add Titanium White it fades by 30%, never stays at 100% opacity. Then I tried white gouache and it pretty much did the same thing. Lo and behold, today I bought Dr. Ph Martin’s Pen-White ink and wow, it does not dilute on the paper and stays at 100%…. yeahhhh! Where this ink is the thickest, it takes awhile to dry (it is still drying at the moment, so this is why I took a picture of my painting instead of scanning it in) and I can use it with my paintbrushes and it is water soluble… can I ask for more? No!

I also discovered a new app for my iPhone which works very well for taking pictures, cost me $3.99 and it takes really nice night pictures. It is called Camera+ and when you are taking the picture, there is a grid that appears to keep things straight, which is very helpful.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Fountain Pen
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink & Dr Ph. Martin’s Pen-White
Colours: DS Pyrrol Scarlet, DS Cerulean Chromium & DS Raw Sienna
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from a reference photo
#Inktober2017 9 Screech Theme.
#ink #watercolour #watercolor #painting #inktober

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:: Inktober 8 Crooked Theme ::

Why do you paint?
For exactly the same reason I breathe.
— E.E. Cummings from Brainpickings.org

These Inktober themes are really challenging me as I usually am more of an Urban Sketcher, meaning that I try to paint what I see in my environment and not through the computer screen, nor photographs and oh my, certainly not from my imagination! Well, not anymore as these themes have to be found within me and then drawn or painted as I see fit… they are never close to what I had in mind, but I think that the correlation between my imagination and my pen is improving.

I drew in pencil first, as I do not have the courage for now to go straight to ink pen as I usually do, and then I went over with my Hero 573 Fube Nib Fountain Pen. I originally thought to keep this in a  monochromatic black theme, but I got carried away as usual… some buildings in the distance, a road and this “crooked” person stealing an innocent bystander.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Hero 573 Fube Nib with De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober 8 Crooked Theme

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:: Inktober 7 Shy Dawn ::

A glimmer of light cannot truly be seen without much that is dark,
and darkness cannot truly be felt without shadowy forms rising from the blackness.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: PITT Brush Artist Pens
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination
#Inktober 7 Shy Theme

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:: Inktober 6 Sword ::

Beneath the rule of men entirely great
The pen is mightier than the sword. Behold
The arch-enchanter’s wand! itself a nothing!
But taking sorcery from the master-hand
To paralyze the Caesars, and to strike
The loud earth breathless! Take away the sword;
States can be saved without it!

— Lytton

I used the Hero 573 Fube Nib as it is a highly flexible tool. It can make very fine lines (when you use the fountain pen upside down) and if you draw at an angle, creates very thick lines. It is also a flexible nib meaning that be pressing on the nib, more ink flows out which makes drawing with one pen only ideal. I really liked using it today, even though it does take some time to get used to it. It is a very heavy fountain pen though, so for those of you who like drawing “light” this is not your pen.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Hero 573 Fube Nib with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada from my imagination

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:: Inktober 5 “long” theme ::

A smile is a curve that sets everything straight.
Phyllis Diller)

A totally imaginary personage. I started with giving a very long neck to my character, and then I painted it in. By painting in some parts, another part revealed itself and then I just had to add the arms… and voilà! Two characters in one. Kind of cool. #Inktober5. I am still waiting for my delivery of brush pens and technical pens to arrive… hope to see them tomorrow -)

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada taken from my imagination

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:: Inktober 4 Underwater Theme ::

To sense this world of waters known to the creatures of the sea we must shed our human perceptions of length and breadth and time and place, and enter vicariously into a universe of all-pervading water.
— Rachel Carson

Whales — I love them all! I drew this first with a Carbon Pen EF and then put on the watercolour paints on top. Having fun with #Inktober4.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada taken from a reference photo

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:: #Inktober 3 Poison Vial ::

In the porches of my ears did pour
The leperous distilment; whose effect
Holds such an enmity with blood of man
That swift as quicksilver it courses through
The natural gates and alleys of the body…
–Hamlet from Shakespeare

An excerpt from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, in this play where poison thrives… Yesterday I bought a selection of brush pens and technical pens from JetPens.com. They should arrive shortly and I will talk about these when I do! I am enjoying this Inktober sketching themes.

Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Pen: Carbon Pen with DeAtramentis Document Black Ink (waterproof)
Pen: Pilot Fineliner (permeable) for shadows
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Inktober 2 Divided ::

My second #Inktober2017 carrying the theme Divided. A city divided by the full force of an earthquake… Still using the same pen as yesterday as I wanted to experiment more and this pen does not like to go over a watery area. It tears the paper apart, and creates little scuff marks. Thought that I would be able to get denser greys, but alas. Tomorrow will try something else.

Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pen :: indian ink :: waterproof
Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Inktober #1::

Learn to draw. Try to make your hand so unconsciously adept that it will put down what you feel without your having to think of your hands. Then you can think of the thing before you.
— Sherwood Anderson

I am joining #inktober this year for the first time ever and I will be testing out black permanent inks, black non-permanent inks, steel nibs, fountain pens, various inks and paper. I have a pile of paper to test this out too, should be fun! This will be ideal for me as I can mostly do all of this from my house or at school. Yeah!

Even though the Faber-Castell PITT pens say that the ink is waterproof, when I used my Kuretake waterbrush the ink faded… and I was happy though surprised. The Zeta paper is perfect for line ink drawings, as it is very smooth, so this will be my go to sketchbook for this month…

Pen: Faber-Castell PITT artist pen :: indian ink :: waterproof
Paper: Stillman & Birn Zeta Series sketchbook #20
Location: Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Ottawa and its’ lovely trees ::

Loveliest of trees, the cherry now
Is hung with bloom along the bough,
And stands about the woodland ride
Wearing white for Eastertide.
     Now, of my threescore years and ten,
Twenty will not come again,
And take from seventy springs a score,
It only leaves me fifty more.
     And since to look at things in bloom
Fifty springs are little room,
About the woodlands I will go
To see the cherry hung with snow.
— Housman

Had a fabulous time in Shari Blaukopf’s “Painting trees” workshop today in Ottawa. It was a short workshop, 3.5 hours and perfect! My husband walked the whole time through the beautiful streets of Ottawa and bought some food at the Byward Market and I painted the city’s beautiful trees. Wow! Shari mentioned, quite a few times, that when you paint trees you have to leave them alone after awhile and not fuddle too much with details… I tried my best not to, and hardly did I swear -))) We went straight to paints, without any ink or pencil lines… cool.

We also received beautiful presents from #Winsor&Newton too. Watercolour tube paints, a paint palette and some info. Very nice indeed.

Paper: Handbook Field Watercolour Journal
Colours: New Gamboge, B. Sienna & French Ultramarine
Location: Plaza Bridge, Ottawa, Ontario

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:: Friendships ::

A friend is not to be found in the world such as one can conceive of, such as one needs, for no human being unites so many of the attributes of God as we feel our nature requires…. We have therefore a circle whom we call friends, giving a name to the whole, which perhaps in its singular occupation might be used for the combination. Out of the whole circle we may make up a single friend. We love them all but we love the union of all better.
— Maria Mitchell from Brain Pickings

This weekend I went to the funeral of a friend that died in a car accident — none of this his fault and of his better half of 43 years, Monique. He died instantly and she made it safe & sound physically, the mental challenges will take awhile. You wonder then about what friendship means and in hindsight, I have to say that he was a true gentleman! He was somewhat of an introvert, intelligent, curious and respectful. I remember at some point when I was perhaps 19 years old I had drunk too much alcohol at an open-air concert and I had fallen asleep on the grass. He stayed next to me through the whole time, accompanying me when I had to go to the toilet, again when I was wondering what time it was. He stayed next to me, making sure that I would be ok. Thank you Jacques for caring!

When I found out that he had died I was waiting at Gatwick Airport for our plane and time expanded in a second and then collapsed in the following second. Every time that we had met over the years, for parties, for supper, for a swim or just walking on the street, these memories came charging back at me. These memories expanded and punched me in the gut. I could see all of them through some warped timeline. The last one was very sad. Will miss you…

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook
Colours: Q. Gold, B. Sienna, Pyrrol Crimson & Indanthrone Blue
Location: Looking out of the window at my house in Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée, tout se transforme ::

There are moments in our lives, there are moments in a day, when we seem to be see beyond the usual — become clairvoyant. We reach then into reality. Such are the moments of our greatest happiness. Such are the moments of our greatest wisdom.
— The Art Spirit by Robert Henri

As Fall is approaching here, the leaves are turning a golden hue with some bursts of oranges and deep purple… it is already starting here. The peak of the season is usually near October 15th here in southern Québec, and this date varies with the latitude that you are living in. A book that I often delve in is The Art Spirit as it is profoundly spiritual in an artistic sense. Henri must have been a wonderful teacher, and I do hope that some days, a very few perhaps, I might inspire my students as Henri inspires me!

These flowers were photographed by a famous writer here in Canada, Kim Thuy and she won the Giller prize for her book Ru. Her first photograph were of these flowers in their fragrant bloom (which I have posted before), and the second photograph is the flowers with the petals falling… I thought that it was appropriate with our imminent fall season. She mentioned this quote to me when she sent me the second photograph. “Presque arrivées à leur destination”. Well said Kim! This painting is part of the next exhibit that I will be taking part in November 2018 that is called Square Foot Exhibition. All are welcome. #squarefootexhibition2017.

Paper: Fluid 100
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black
Fountain Pen: Carbon Desk Pen EF
Location: Reference photograph here in Rigaud, Québec, Canada

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:: Square Foot Exhibition 2017 ::

« Là où va la main, l’œil suit;
là où va l’œil, va l’esprit;
là où va l’esprit se trouve le cœur;
là où se trouve le cœur est la réalité de l’être,
le siège de l’âme. »
— Abhinaya Darpana

I am in the process of preparing some cards for this exhibit that will be taking place on Saturday November 11, 2017 in Senneville, Québec. Everyone is invited and this is a fabulous event as it is a fundraising activity for the Old Brewery Mission and an Art sale. I know that it is still far away calendar-wise, but add it to your agenda — I would love to meet some of you! I have one drawing that is ready, more to come at some later point in time -)

Je suis en préparation pour une nouvelle exposition qui va se tenir le samedi 11 novembre 2017 à Senneville, Québec. Voici un aperçu et j’espère que vous allez aimer et j’aimerais bien que vous puissiez y venir pour nous voir. C’est aussi une chance de donner au Old Brewery Mission dont une partie des ventes bénéficiera. Une belle cause pour des gens qui en ont bien de besoin.

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:: Happy tugboat ::

“Surprise is key in all art.”
— Oscar Niemeyer

Today the sunshine was out, over 60 sketchers turned up to sketch, draw, paint and talk together and it was an amazing day. The site was actually very rewarding as there were a multitude of things to paint… actually we will have to come back! Old grain silos, wonderful vistas of Old Montreal, a beautiful red tugboat, Habitat 67, boaters, people, bikers galore and much more. Everyone said that they wanted to come back, and they are right! We will -) Sketchers from as far away as Victoria B.C. showed up, the Eastern Townships, Sherbrooke and Burlington, Vermont. What a neat crowd of people, and we all seemed very happy to be there. It was a very rewarding day.

I took a picture of all of us (except moi the photographer) holding our sketchbooks and grinning into the camera. Enjoy and hope to see you next month, for the 4th Sunday at Marché Jean-Talon -)

Paper: Field Watercolor Journal
Colours: Hansa Yellow Medium, Raw Sienna, Pyrrol Scarlet, Pyrrol Crimson, Cerulean Chromium Blue & Burnt Sienna
Fountain Pen: Platinum Carbon Desk Pen, EF
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Location: Maison des éclusiers, Old Port, Montreal, Québec, Canada

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:: Weekend of prepping ::

In proportion to his force,
the artist will find in his work an outlet for his proper character.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Art”

A weekend of prepping courses, drawings & paintings for a future show in November which I will talk about at a later date, prepping my watercolour paraphernalia in order to be ready for tomorrow’s Montreal Urban Sketching meet-up and finally trying to prepare some relaxing time too!

The semester started with a bang, and I was quite exhausted by the end of the week. Young people have tons of energy and start fidgeting if you do not keep them challenged/entertained… Challenging students while helping the ones that are struggling — quite a feat I must admit and I easily get energized out.

What I have noticed is that drawing or painting boosts my energy levels and gives me a sense a satisfaction like nothing else can.This took me about four hours to complete, as I had to stop several times as my hand was crisping — LOL -) I feel so bloody satisfied once a drawing or painting has been accomplished, it is an incredible feeling… and for the feeling to endure, I must be satisfied with my art. So today I am satisfied.

Paper: Fluid 100, 12″ x 12″
Fountain Pen: Platinum 3776 Century EF
Ink: De Atramantis Document Black Ink

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Maison des éclusiers, dimanche 27 août 2017 :: Sunday August 27th at Maison des éclusiers

Pour le 4e dimanche du mois d’août, le 27 août, la sortie des Urban Sketchers de Montréal se fera à un tout nouvel endroit, à la Maison des éclusiers (face à la rue McGill, 400 ouest, rue de la Commune). On se rencontre pour 10h le matin. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Activité gratuite
– Point de départ à 10h au 400 ouest de la Commune sous l’enseigne Maison des éclusiers.
Jane Hannah et Nathalie Zinger seront là pour vous accueillir.
– Dîner: libre ou apporter votre lunch. On y retrouve plusieurs petits restos à cet endroit.
– Rendez-vous à 15h : partage des croquis à la Maison des éclusiers en buvant un café ou un thé?

Points d’intérêt
Le Canal Lachine, des silos à grains, une vue panoramique du Vieux-Montréal (elle est incroyable), des bateaux de plaisance et un super beau “tugboat” rouge, des écluses, etc. C’est aussi à cet endroit que l’émission d’été Indice UV est filmée -)

Comment s’y rendre
Par autobus, métro ou Bixi. Pour les personnes vivant à l’extérieur de Montréal, il y a peu de stationnement tout près, donc arrivez plus tôt ou prendre le métro jusqu’à la station Square Victoria. Ne pas oublier que les dimanches le stationnement est gratuit jusqu’à 13h.

Si la météo s’avère pluvieuse, nous vous annoncerons un plan B un  jour avant notre sortie.
Au cas où ils annoncent une pluie légère, il y a plusieurs petits restos où l’on pourrait se regrouper en petits groupes et boire un thé ou un café…

Page Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — pour avoir plus d’information et demander des détails joignez-vous à nous -)

Pour renseignements supplémentaires
Jane Hannah : janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger : nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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The Montreal Urban Sketchers are having their monthly meetup on Sunday August 27th in a new setting at the Maison des éclusiers, 400 rue de la Commune West. This is just at the corner of de la Commune and McGill Streets. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Free admission
– Meeting point at 10 a.m.: Maison des éclusiers, 400 West de la Commune
– Go sketching -)))
– For lunch: Where you desire or bring your own lunch. There are many little restos in the area.
– Meeting point at 3 p.m.: at the Maison des éclusiers while drinking a coffee or tea?

Points of Interest
Canal Lachine, grain silos, a panoramic view of Old Montreal, yachts, a beautiful red tugboat, people, cyclists, runners, very old and new buildings, locks, etc..

How to get there
By metro, bus or Bixi as there is a Bixi station right there. For people living outside of Montreal, be aware that there is not that much parking.. however, the good news is  that parking is free on Sundays until 1:00 pm.

In case of rain, a plan B will be sent out to you the day before.
In case of light rain, there are many nearby shops and cafes – we could break into small groups to find spots to sketch and drink tea or coffee…

Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — for more information on this activity and future activities, please join us on Facebook -)

For additional information, please contact:
Jane Hannah: janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger: nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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:: Montreal USK exhibition in the Hall of Honour Montreal City Hall from August 23rd to September 6th 2017 ::

Exposition USK Montréal dans le hall d’honneur de l’hôtel de ville de Montréal du 23 août au 6 septembre 2017/Montreal USK exhibition in the Hall of Honour, Montreal City Hall from August 23rd to September 6th 2017

Dans le cadre du 375e anniversaire de la ville de Montréal, Urban Sketchers Montréal en étroite collaboration avec Héritage Montréal, vous invite à une exposition qui aura lieu du mercredi 23 août au mercredi 6 septembre dans le hall d’honneur de l’Hôtel de ville de Montréal situé au 275, rue Notre-Dame Est Montréal (Québec) H2Y 1C6.

Montréal Monument vous fera découvrir Montréal à travers les dessins, croquis et aquarelles faits sur le motif par une cinquantaine d’artistes urbains.

Dans le cadre de l’exposition, le hall d’honneur de l’Hôtel de ville est accessible en tout temps aux visiteurs, touristes et citoyens, du lundi au vendredi de 8 h 30 à 17 h (sauf les jours fériés) ainsi que les samedis de 12 h à 16 h.

http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/page?_pageid=5798,142140972&_dad=portal&_schema=PORTAL

Au plaisir de vous voir.

As part of the city’s 375th anniversary, Urban Sketchers Montréal, in collaboration with Héritage Montréal, invites you to an exhibition that will take place from Wednesday, August 23 to Wednesday, September 6, in the Hall of Honour of Montreal’s City Hall, located at 275 Notre-Dame Street East Montreal, Quebec H2Y 1C6.

Montréal Monument will allow you discover Montreal through drawings, sketches and watercolors done on location by over fifty urban artists.

As part of the exhibition, the Hall of Honour at City Hall is open to visitors, tourists and citizens from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 5 pm (excluding public holidays) and Saturdays from noon to 4 pm.

Hope to see you there.

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Au plaisir de vous voir.

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:: The lopsided pine ::

La Barre and other Musicians
9 May 1663.
At Mr Jarvas’s my old barber, I did try two or three borders and periwigs, meaning to wear one, and yet I have no stomach for it, but the pains of keeping my hair clean is so great. He trimmed me, and at last I parted, but my mind was almost altered from my first purpose, from the trouble that I foresee will be in wearing them also.

I have been reading a booklet entitled: Costume in Art by the National Gallery in London and the themes are quite funny sometimes as you can read in the above two paragraphs. Every century has its own moments of pain…

Met up with two of my sketching friends, Mai & Linda at my Cegep today. The weather was gorgeous and the friendship too! I was also glad to give a tour of my beautiful campus and in the afternoon we moved on to the McGill part of the campus to sketch some farm silos. Had a nice day.

Paper: Hand•book Field watercolour journal
Colours: Q. Gold, B. Sienna, B. Umber & Ultramarine
Location: Cégep John Abbott College, Québec, Canada

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:: Quills ::

One smile can start a friendship,
one word can end a fight.
One look can save a relationship,
one person can change your life.

I am starting to prep for my oncoming semester by doing some quick basic pen strokes with my newly filled up Platinum Carbon Fountain Pen, which I love by the way and has to be the best buy there is as it is quick inexpensive (approximately $20 Cdn). This is the first sketchbook that I used when I started drawing and I still love it as this is the older version of glazed paper that they used to sell… now with the newer version of Moleskine Sketchbooks the paper is quite thinner and is not as good quality as before as it has lost the glaze that makes writing and drawing such a pleasure as the ink glides on the paper… alas!

Paper: Moleskine Sketchbook Large
Fountain Pen: Platinum Carbon Pen
Ink: De Atramentis Document Black Ink
Watercolours: Ultramarine & Burnt Sienna

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Maison des éclusiers, dimanche 27 août 2017 :: Sunday August 27th at Maison des éclusiers

Pour le 4e dimanche du mois d’août, le 27 août, la sortie des Urban Sketchers de Montréal se fera à un tout nouvel endroit, à la Maison des éclusiers (face à la rue McGill, 400 ouest, rue de la Commune). On se rencontre pour 10h le matin. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Activité gratuite
– Point de départ à 10h au 400 ouest de la Commune sous l’enseigne Maison des éclusiers.
Jane Hannah et Nathalie Zinger seront là pour vous accueillir.
– Dîner: libre ou apporter votre lunch. On y retrouve plusieurs petits restos à cet endroit.
– Rendez-vous à 15h : partage des croquis à la Maison des éclusiers en buvant un café ou un thé?

Points d’intérêt
Le Canal Lachine, des silos à grains, une vue panoramique du Vieux-Montréal (elle est incroyable), des bateaux de plaisance et un super beau “tugboat” rouge, des écluses, etc. C’est aussi à cet endroit que l’émission d’été Indice UV est filmée -)

Comment s’y rendre
Par autobus, métro ou Bixi. Pour les personnes vivant à l’extérieur de Montréal, il y a peu de stationnement tout près, donc arrivez plus tôt ou prendre le métro jusqu’à la station Square Victoria. Ne pas oublier que les dimanches le stationnement est gratuit jusqu’à 13h.

Si la météo s’avère pluvieuse, nous vous annoncerons un plan B un  jour avant notre sortie.
Au cas où ils annoncent une pluie légère, il y a plusieurs petits restos où l’on pourrait se regrouper en petits groupes et boire un thé ou un café…

Page Facebook Urban Sketchers Montreal — pour avoir plus d’information et demander des détails joignez-vous à nous -)

Pour renseignements supplémentaires
Jane Hannah : janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger : nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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The Montreal Urban Sketchers are having their monthly meetup on Sunday August 27th in a new setting at the Maison des éclusiers, 400 rue de la Commune West. This is just at the corner of de la Commune and McGill Streets. https://goo.gl/maps/sZboDaXKk8o.

Free admission
– Meeting point at 10 a.m.: Maison des éclusiers, 400 West de la Commune
– Go sketching -)))
– For lunch: Where you desire or bring your own lunch. There are many little restos in the area.
– Meeting point at 3 p.m.: at the Maison des éclusiers while drinking a coffee or tea?

Points of Interest
Canal Lachine, grain silos, a panoramic view of Old Montreal, yachts, a beautiful red tugboat, people, cyclists, runners, very old and new buildings, locks, etc..

How to get there
By metro, bus or Bixi as there is a Bixi station right there. For people living outside of Montreal, be aware that there is not that much parking.. however, the good news is  that parking is free on Sundays until 1:00 pm.

In case of rain, a plan B will be sent out to you the day before.
In case of light rain, there are many nearby shops and cafes – we could break into small groups to find spots to sketch and drink tea or coffee…

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For additional information, please contact:
Jane Hannah: janefhannah(at)gmail.com
Nathalie Zinger: nzinger(at)sympatico.ca

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:: Beautiful Castle Combe in the Cotswalds ::

A quick sketch — we are really travelling and on the go so it is difficult to find any time to sketch. Next week we are spending the entire week in London so there I will have more opportunities -)))

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Roman Baths

My second day with Jane Blundell and her 5-day bootcamp and I have to say that it is quite wonderful… she is a natural teacher, knowledgeable,very nice and has a good rhythm. Not too many demos, always interesting information and we learn a ton! And it is pertinent information, not common or generic knowledge, which I appreciate -) Being a teacher myself, I am aware that teachers tend to be very fussy students –)

Guy and I went to the Roman Baths after the workshop today and we were impressed. It is funny.. when I was in Istanbul and Ephesus two years ago and we were visiting the ruins, these ruins belonged to the Greeks. Today I had the same feeling, to the Romans that arrived in 46 AD! However, as I am presently reading Rutherford’s Londinium book on the history of this city, I know that these ruins belong here and not elsewhere… reading is important for understanding our world.

Paper: Stillman & Birns
Colours: Naples Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine & Pyrrol Crimson Location: Pulteney Bridge, Bath, UK.

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Pulteney Bridge, Bath, UK

We arrived in Bath late Saturday afternoon and were completely bushed as we had been up for  18 hours… hey! Everyone that travels knows about this -) On Sunday we had one day off so Guy and I did some heavy sightseeing — and it was a delight for the eyes and soul. Here is a drawing of Pulteney Bridge, dating from the 1700s and I am planning on adding colour, at some point in time. Instead of scanning I held my painting as the Urban Sketchers do! I think that this is a first for moi.

Today I was in Jane Blundell’s wonderful worshop! Willl post on this one tomorrow -)

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:: New scan with Snapseed ::

A new scan of the same image listed in the previous blog… Snapseed really works well for this -) This software will work well for England — yeah!!!

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