Saint Basil the GreatPosted: April 15, 2013
I love painting street scenes, especially when there is a contrast of architectural styles or colours, or some good side light. Saint Basil the Great Ukrainian Church in Lachine towers over the storefronts below it and it fit the bill of good lighting and interesting colour. Amazingly I was able to find a good parking spot across the street, with a bus stop in front of me, meaning no one can block my view. Just as I was finishing up my sketch a police car pulled up and parked in the empty spot ahead. My first thought—what am I doing wrong? I quickly packed up my gear and drove off, half expecting them to follow me with lights flashing to issue the ticket for whatever parking rule I had broken. Looking in my rear view mirror I realized that they weren’t even looking in my direction and my only offense for the day was muddying up the washes in my sketch.