Out of the corner of my eyePosted: September 9, 2013
I haven’t been able to post any sketches in a couple of days because the Lakeshore Association of Artists outdoor show took up all my time this past weekend. But don’t think I wasn’t thinking about sketching!
The outdoor venue of the show, on the grounds of Stewart Hall in Pointe Claire, overlooking Lac St. Louis, is about as beautiful a location you can find in Montreal, especially on a sunny day. But while I was meeting and greeting a constant stream of people going by, one eye was always on the scenery — the constantly shifting panorama of clouds, the sailboats, the stone building behind me. My sketching kit was in my bag but there was just never a moment to take it out. Saturday’s challenge was the wind. With a constant gale blowing in off the lake (and eventually bringing in some menacing clouds), many of us spent a lot of time simply holding on to our canopy poles and hoping nothing would blow away in the wind. And on Sunday the sun came out, along with all the people, so there was just never a moment even to see my fellow exhibitors or take out my sketchbook. But don’t think that is a complaint. I met so many interesting people and even sold a few paintings, which made battling the wind seem quite insignificant in the end. But Stewart Hall still had to be sketched so I made a pit stop on my way home from work today and dashed it off.