There’s a group of plein air painters that meets every Tuesday in the summer at different scenic spots around Montreal. They’ve been doing this for over 20 years and I hope to join them as often as I can this summer. Today’s meeting spot was Parc des Ancres at Pointe des Cascades in Vaudreuil— literally a park filled with over 100 old anchors and maritime artifacts from the abandoned Soulanges Canal. I was in the mood to paint water so I found a good viewing spot and tackled the derelict lock and the water seeping through it. I don’t think I’ve ever painted falling water so this was lots of fun. These outings are open to all so if you are interested in dates and locations send me an email and I’ll send you the list. Painted on a quarter sheet of Arches paper.


26 Comments on “Cascades”

  1. Shari, Nice water fall. Did you scrape the paper to get the little streaks of white or did it with pen or gouache?

  2. CD says:

    The use of color in the water is amazing! I feel like i’m there. Thank you!

  3. Tony says:

    Hi Shari. Beautiful painting – and the water and movement look so real too. Hard to believe it’s almost a year since we were in Montreal – wish we had it all to come again. Best, Tony.

    • Hi Tony,
      I know, this year has gone by so quickly. There is a plan in the works for me to be on your side of the pond next year so who knows, we may sketch together again around this time next year if you are available. More news to come about that…

  4. Mary says:

    Love this one!

  5. Nell says:

    Your water looks fantastic!! Love the reflections, too!! Awesome painting!!

  6. magicinthewoods says:

    Reblogged this on Magicinthewoods's Blog and commented:
    Great Shari! Today, at Plein Air. A beautiful day. I painted an ornamental arch built over the bridge, will post soon as I get my scanner going again.

  7. sandidureice says:

    Love how you’ve done all the water. The painting is beautiful.

  8. Ross says:

    The falling water that you haven’t painted looks great… I imagine that this is harder to not paint than snow?

    • Thanks Ross. Yes, this is harder to paint than snow. And for some reason, I think because of the sound of the rushing water, there is a sense of urgency when painting. As if it will dry up at any moment. I will definitely be going back to that place. I just loved that big rusty wall and the rotting timbers atop it.

  9. Jane Hannah says:

    i love love love it Shari! My husband has worked all of his life at the St.Larence Seaway locks — so I appreciate this -) Is it a very big format?

  10. Johanne Cousineau says:

    Hi Shari, Would it be possible for me to get a list of the outings? I am more interested in photography but a list of outings would allow me to discover new places to go. Thanks, Johanne

  11. Linda says:

    I can just hear the sound of that water coming through the lock! It is a beautiful painting, Shari!

  12. randilbouck says:

    So much emotion in this painting, Shari. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

  13. Bob Carrifee says:

    I know I’m slow, but I just discovered Shari Blaukopf! I’m checking daily now and wow, are you a prolific artist! Everything about your sketches and paintings sings to me with inspiration. Remarkable stuff, I enjoy them all, thanks so much for sharing.

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