ConservatoryPosted: August 16, 2012
Today the students in my final workshop of the summer learned the best urban sketching lesson. When you sketch outside you have to be prepared for surprises. I have lots of experience with that (trucks parking in front of me, rain on location in Paris, irate bus drivers) so I am used to the unexpected and have learned to adapt. In fact I like those events because I can usually turn them into a story.
During my second demo of the day, in front of the conservatory in Westmount Park, everyone was gathered around watching me paint when the irrigation system went off around us (observant sketchers that we are, none of us had noticed the nozzles hidden in the grass!). We all got soaked, some of the paintings got a bit wet and everyone turned to me and said “This is a story for your blog!”.
Here are some of the students, hard at work, before the sprinklers went off. I usually try to get a group photo in at the end of they day but after we moved everything away from the nozzles, a second (hidden) set went off and that kind of ended things for the day. The group shot will have to be tomorrow.