Where do I begin?Posted: August 3, 2013
This is a very busy weekend in Montreal. I know I might make it seem like the Urban Sketchers workshop is the only event in town, but going on at the same time, in the same location or close by, are Diverscité (the Montreal version of Gay Pride) and Osheaga (a huge three-day music festival.) Rumour has it that the closest hotel room to be had is two hours away.
I had a bit of a different demo planned for today but the group really wanted to see how to select a subject to sketch and how to simplify a complex scene. No better place to do this than in Place Jacques Cartier, right in the middle of all the action. I started this demo before the crowds arrived but by the time I was done a fire breather had set up in the square (he drew quite an audience) as well as numerous leather bracelet vendors, polka-dotted clowns, tour groups and other assorted visitors. My demo is a bit of a paint explosion but the general idea was to create a feeling of action and energy. The weather held out until the final few minutes when a few drops had everyone scrambling to pack up their sketches before the rain spoiled them (hence the lack of books in the group photo!). We’ve been so lucky not only with the weather but with a very special group of students who have made teaching this workshop great fun.