St. Joseph and 25th

It’s rare that I can find a street scene with an unobstructed view (which means not too many cars or trucks blocking the buildings) but today in Lachine I found the perfect spot. On that stretch of the road, there’s no parking on either side of St. Joseph and I had a spot in the shade, in a park, across the way. You can’t get much better than that. Plenty of cyclists go by on the nearby bike path and one stopped to have a look over my shoulder. He thought it was a good thing I was capturing the view of these old buildings since he figured structures like this wouldn’t be around much longer. I hope he’s wrong. If you’re interested in this type of stuff have a look at the Heritage Montreal website for a list of threatened buildings in the city. Or go out and sketch a few of them too.


19 Comments on “St. Joseph and 25th”

  1. Tony says:

    Lovely buildings, lovely sketch. Best, Tony


  2. Janice Kelly says:

    Losing some of the charming buildings in my hometown makes me sad. Love your sketch Shari. Thanks again for sharing.


  3. Julia Blackbourn says:

    Bob, this scene has great shadow areas, makes the whole thing pop! love, jb


  4. Carolyn Fitz says:

    Want to thank you ,Shari, for sharing your terrific photos of your amazing sketch/ paintings and blog info.
    It must feel like a ” thank less ” offering, but believe me, just because you don’t get our responses each time, we are SO enjoying and learning from them! Know that there are lots of us ” out there” who are an appreciative audience !!
    All the best to you, Carolyn Fitz


    • Carolyn, you are so sweet. I have probably said this many times on my blog but I’ll say it again. I paint because I love it, I am happy to share it and it is an added bonus that people send me comments. Many thanks.


  5. Rene Manning says:

    Super wwooww!


  6. Louise says:

    Wowwwwww, so real!, love the shadows and the life in this painting, thank you for sharing this.Can you tell me when you plan being in Montreal? Or better, in the Eastern Townships, Quebec, I would soooooo love to take a course with you…
    Hope my English is ok…


  7. andre savard says:

    Beautifull old buildings. When I was young my barre shop was in the building to the left.
    Excellent sketch.


  8. Joan says:

    I love seeing the old buildings in an city lovingly rendered and appreciated by the artists who reside in or near these places. My city is devoid of any historical buildings, I live in a resort where everything has to be glitzy, lots of lights and illusory facades of Jungles, rain forests , shark habitats, white lions pools and fake ice bergs. Anything old is imploded and the site rebuilt into a bigger mega resort to attract the tourist trade. Very unscenic or inspiring. So appreciate your lovely sketches of the province you live in or your trips out west where you capture the natural beauty where I live.


    • Joan, you just made me laugh. That is a very funny description of where you live. I can only imagine two places where you must reside. Either Las Vegas or Disneyland. I hope you get out of town sometimes to find something real.


  9. Louise says:

    I love old buildings and agree with the cyclist that it is good you are capturing scenes like this. There is a site about disappearing or vanishing New York. It has pictures of what was once-upon-a-time. Many areas go through what developers consider economic redevelopment. The demolition can be heartbreaking. I hope your historic and heritage areas in Montreal survive.


  10. Bruce Lowe says:

    your sketching of these old buildings is wonderful. I love sketxhing these old buildings also. maybe you could do a Crafty class on this subject. Love your work.


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