Ashes and smoke

La Grande Bibliotheque. Definitely the best place to draw from in Montreal.
Does this sound good?
• A great long corridor with floor to ceiling windows and a view of the backs of the buildings on St. Denis
• Comfortable arm chairs facing the view
• Low tables for sketching gear
• Silence
• Permission to draw
• A sandwich shop on site
• No admission charge
• Metro access
We will certainly be going back there.

I wasn’t happy with the first drawing I did this morning so with under 30 minutes left before lunch, I started this one. Since the view was largely monochrome I used markers to get the tones down quickly because they cover lots of surface area in a short amount of time and dry instantly.


4 Comments on “Ashes and smoke”

  1. Monique says:

    I have never been and want to..just like that Metro stop where Metropolitain..sign is..Victoria?
    This artwork of yours suits the day so well!You bring so much life to everything.


  2. What a wonderful sketch Shari. So evocative of a cold, damp, grey winter day. Chills to the bone! I can feel it.

    It looks like you put some white on top of the grey in places (icicles? Steam from the smoke stacks?) what did you use, if you don’t mind my asking?
    Jess Blaackmore


  3. Garry Hamilton says:

    Love this sketch. Particularly the way you mass shapes and achieve variety with textures.

    Sent from my iPad



  4. Julana says:

    I like this, too, an exercise in tone and texture….


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