Looking down and up

Urban Sketchers Montreal met at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts today. Every time we meet there are more of us which makes me pretty happy (18 sketchers today!!). The museum is the ideal place to gather because  there is a plethora of stuff to draw— the sculptures, the architectural spaces, the visitors, the views from the picture windows— and the sketches captured it all. I am always curious to see the ones that Emmanuel does. Last time he drew only the eyes of all the stuffed animals at the Redpath Museum. This time he drew bits of landscape from many paintings in the European collection, and when you look at his sketchbook it’s like he has just completed a sketching trip through 19th century France and Italy. I found a window ledge on the fourth floor facing north with a view up Avenue du Musée towards the mountain.


Here’s some of the group at the end of the day near the Jim Dine scuplture that was our meeting spot. (The person sleeping on the sofa is not one of us!) I took a group shot at lunch but my lighting was bad so I am posting a partial group shot instead.


10 Comments on “Looking down and up”

  1. Linda Daily says:

    What a lovely play of light,shadows and shapes! Is this another limited palette? It seems so cohesive.

    • Thanks Linda. I guess this was somewhat of a limited palette but not really intentional. I thought I couldn’t paint at the museum but I brought my palette and a Koi waterbrush. I was working on a windowsill so the guards let me paint but I am not used to that brush because it needs constant cleaning. So to make things simple I just used my old favorites: alizarin crimson, cobalt, burnt sienna and a bit of sap green. Do you use this brush? It really takes some getting used to.

  2. Mike Porter says:

    Brrrrr, glad I was there in September!

  3. As always, a “Like”, and this sketch in particular has a beautiful graphic/geometric simplicity.

  4. Lee Kline says:

    In your painting Montreal looks like a small, cozy town. That sky and the shadows on the street tell me just how cold it is up there.

  5. Annelein says:

    Hi Shari,
    Lovely sketch! I enjoy checking your blog…you mentioned Emmanuel and certain sketches of landscapes…any place to see those? Thanks

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