Arrêt d’autobus

I can’t say I’m unhappy to see the end of this work week. I spent way too much time in the car visiting my students who are near the end of four-week internships they are doing in various companies. I drove from one end of Montreal to the other — in traffic, and through much construction — so far out east that I went past the oil refineries and then back across the Pont Jacques-Cartier.

It’s a very exciting time for both me and my students. They get to work in the real world for a month (they have been studying print and web design for the past three years) and I get to see if what we have been teaching them is relevant. I can proudly say that they all had rave reviews from their respective employers, so I ended the week on a high note despite all the driving and traffic I sat in.

In the middle of all that I tried to sketch when I had a few minutes between visits. There was no time to paint but I was parked on St. Laurent today and spent some time in my car, drawing the bus stop sign, until the money ran out on my parking meter.

Through all this, I got to see a multitude of places that I want to return to for sketching. In fact, I would love to plan an outing to draw a panorama of Montreal from the pedestrian lane of the bridge. Anyone game to join me?


21 Comments on “Arrêt d’autobus”

  1. Soni says:

    If I could I’d join you in a heartbeat; love your black / white studies as well as your color paintings. Your students are very fortunate to have you. No doubt they know it, too.


    • Thanks so much Soni. One of these days I will be in your area and meet your group. Then we can paint together!


      • Soni says:

        When I told them I was posting comments with you, this was first thing they said, “Let’s get her to come here ! ” we’ll work toward that for sure.


  2. Trevor Travis says:

    Congratulations on the success of your students, Shari. The drawing is very subtle and very beautiful. Love the play of tones, shadows and light across the two doors. The doors themselves have real character. This is another of those at first sight apparently simple drawings where the more you look, the more there is to see


    • Thanks so much for your kind words about my drawing Trevor. Since I often underestimate how much time it takes me to sketch, I’m happy I stayed with pencil for this one.
      As for my students, I am very proud of them, as you can tell.


  3. monique says:

    Not only do I admire your artistic skills..but your driving skills.
    I don’t drive past VD anymore;)


    • I don’t mind driving Monique, but this was too much even for me. Montreal is a nightmare these days and if I could have done my visits using public transit, I would have been happy to.


  4. Karin Fediw says:

    I am hoping to be in Montreal for a few days in the summer. If it works out, perhaps we could meetup for a sketch/paint!


  5. Rooi says:

    Would love to.. One day perhaps!


  6. Jeff Gold says:

    I love the shadows from the sign post. The recessed doorways are very convincing and beautifully and directly rendered. A very concise and compelling composition. Brava!


  7. Mary Duncan says:

    Oh how I would love to ! Unfortunately I live in Arizona ! I follow your posts and am intrigued with your sketches . I am just an amature painter , in my real live before retirement , I was a registered nurse . Please keep on posting your sketches I study each one . Mary Duncan


  8. Jane Hannah says:

    Hi Shari — I will go with you! Would love to paint the panoramas -) We are both finishing our semester soon -)))


  9. Dee says:

    Do so wish I really could join you…..this is a good one, by the way!


  10. Nathalie says:

    I am in to go sketch from the point Jacques Cartier. There could also be an early evening session during the fireworks to sketch people.


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