The village

On my way home from school today I stopped in Pointe Claire Village. It took me a few stops to find the right place to sketch but I settled on a view of the town that I have painted often, in all seasons. The varying heights and shapes of the buildings attract me, along with the colourful signage, awnings and flags. Today I worked a little more loosely than usual, letting the wet puddles of wash flow and combine. Instead of being too precise about architecture, I let the shapes of colour and value lead me towards an impression of what was in front of me. It’s quite a fun way to work. Sketched in a Handbook Journal, 8″ x 8″. Village053.jpg


25 Comments on “The village”

  1. Tylara says:

    I’m loving the loose! yet the structure of perspective totally strong with the electrical lines. : )

  2. Kirk says:

    Always enjoy your sketches. You seem to enjoy locations with a lot of electrical wiring. Have your Craftsy class and really enjoy the content.

  3. Soni McFarland says:

    I’m curious how long this lovely loose gem took from start to finish ? Approximately ?

    It’s great as always but does have that “quicker” look – lack of a better word because your work is always fresh

    I find myself in an overworked habit lately

    Glad you’re squeezing in precious painting & drawing time

    • Hi Soni, This took about an hour to do. When I stop on my way home from school it always takes me a bit of time to get into the right head space for drawing. It is a big shift from teaching. Here’s a suggestion for you. If you find that you are overworking your sketches, try using a bigger brush than you think you need. That is a good way to lose a bit of control and loosen up.Overwork often happen with a tiny brush in hand. Just a suggestion.

  4. Very nice-refreshing! And the composition and square format work so well together.

  5. Bernadette says:

    Love the signage and splashes of colors associated with signs that call our attention to them. It’s so refreshing to see your work once again. We had a major power outage and have gone without internet for about 2 weeks. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Bernadette. I’m sorry to hear that you had such a long time without internet! I don’t know what I’d do, but maybe it would be a good thing. More time to paint and less time online!! Hope it’s all resolved now.

  6. Megan Horton says:

    Great work. I love the detail in your work.
    -MegN Horton

  7. The details you place into your art are fantastic. I am such a fan of your work👏😃

  8. Judy Sopher says:

    This is just what I love about your work-city scenes. And this is what I love to paint. This one is so perfect–the shapes, colors, and, of course, the wires. I have no idea why these scenes have always appealed to me. I used to paint scenes of downtown Philadelphia but we no longer live that close to a big city. thanks for this one.

    • Thanks Judy. Even if you don’t live close to a big city, you could always sketch in a small town like I did for this one. You just need to find an interesting corner.

      • Judy Sopher says:

        I do see many interesting corners but no place to park. We have a lot of bicycle lanes–or buggy lanes in the Amish country. But–I will keep on looking. Your are inspiring.

  9. Leslie Blackwell says:

    Love it! I enjoy the painterly style you use.

  10. The looseness gives this a nice sense of life. Great darks and lights.

  11. Gary cox says:

    Unless one struggles with a complex scene they will never appreciate your ability to simplify the shapes and values of a really complicated city scape.its like a stained glass window

  12. Alison says:

    Simply GREAT! Love the abstract quality.

  13. Love your work, beautiful!! Thank you for sharing these!


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