Corner of 9thPosted: October 16, 2013
Isn’t it wonderful to peel the wrapping off a new sketchbook? Each page pristine, smooth, full of potential. This is the last of the three Travelogue sketchbooks I received as a gift from Gretchen in New Hampshire and I’ve spent all summer and fall filling them up. Thanks again Gretchen!
Last night I refilled my travel palette with fresh paint and dipped into my alizarin crimson, azo yellow and cobalt blue for this sketch. Sometimes I choose a limited palette because I want to create some interesting or unexpected colour mixtures, but today I limited myself to the primary colours because the scene I was sketching was all reds, blues and yellows. I’ve been waiting to sketch the corner of 9th Avenue and St. Joseph in Lachine but until today could never find parking at the right spot (this happens often but I am patient!). I love the architectural ornamentation at the top of the building with all the shingles, bricks, window ledges and dormers. I’m not sure if this is a style unique to Montreal but I’ve sketched these types of details all over the city.