Rail bridgePosted: August 6, 2013
Every Tuesday during the summer there’s a plein air painting group that travels around to different locations on and off the island of Montreal. Circumstances have prevented me from joining them until today but they were meeting in Ste. Anne de Bellevue which is always one of my favourite places to sketch. My friend Helmut was painting facing this rail bridge when I arrived so I set up nearby. I started in a shady spot but every half hour or so the sun would shine on my paper. I had to keep moving further and further into the shade until I could no longer see my subject so by the time I got to painting the water I had my back to it, which may have been a good thing. That is always the advice I had from a few of my teachers in the past — if you turn away from your subject it’s more about creating a strong design in the paper and less about getting caught up in the details of what’s in front of you.