Montebello workshop: a short recapPosted: July 3, 2015
I’ve just returned from hosting a three-day location sketching workshop in Montebello, Quebec. It’s the first time I’ve organized an event like this where everyone stays at the same hotel, sketches together all day and enjoys dinners after the workshop. I really enjoyed the experience of getting to know the participants (some have attended previous workshops and others were new) because instead of everyone going our separate ways in the evening, we had a chance to eat, talk and discuss the day’s painting.
My idea for the three days was to spend one day painting landscape, one painting water (the grounds of the hotel are on the Ottawa River) and one doing a street scene. This demo of rocks and trees is from the first day, when we painted landscapes. On the second day the plan was to paint the waterfalls at Plaisance but in Quebec, in the summer, plans don’t always work out because the weather can alternate between downpour and torrential rain — and true to form, it did. Instead of painting inside the hotel, we grouped ourselves under the awnings of the outdoor terrace and painted looking out at the gazebo and the (sopping) hotel gardens. As you can see in the photos below, that day’s critique was held around the hotel’s iconic hexagonal fireplace. The (sunny) final day was spent drawing the little houses along the main street in the village of Montebello. A great group of experienced artists made the teaching really fun, and it’s certainly a format I’d like to repeat (minus the rain!).