Stuck in traffic

There’s so much traffic in Montreal these days, and it won’t get much better for years as work crews tear down and rebuild a major thoroughfare into downtown. There are plenty of detours, all of them congested, and they change weekly so you never know where you will end up. Ok, that’s the end of my complaining about traffic.

This was a scene I saw while stuck in one of those lineups a few days ago. I snapped a quick photo and painted it today because freezing rain is falling and I can’t paint outside. Now that I think about it, if the resident of this house steps out today, there is a good chance they will hit a patch of ice and slide right down those stairs. Stairs


31 Comments on “Stuck in traffic”

  1. Sue McKee says:

    I used to live in Montreal and I loved the city. You have captured exactly what I miss. I love this painting and I wish I was still living there traffic and all.

    • Hi Sue, Yes, this is such a typical Montreal winter scene that I’ve been wanting to paint for a long time. I live in the suburbs so don’t have to suffer through the traffic every day, but it does make me think twice about going into downtown. Thanks for writing!

  2. joantav says:

    Ouch…I hope the homeowners didn’t have to go out. Great composition and values. Makes me want to stay indoors.

  3. Jean says:

    This painting evokes strong memories of how difficult Montreal winters could be! Even though it is on average much colder in Winnipeg than Montreal, we get used to relentless “dry” cold without slush.

    • Hi Jean. Someone I know who grew up in Winnipeg told he would wear mukluks with no rubber soles all winter. I couldn’t believe it because we have so much slush here. In fact, there was lots of slush on the road when I took my reference photo but I left it out and kept only the clean snow in.

  4. Sean Kupisz says:

    Fantastic! I absolutely love your work!

  5. Shari, You are beyond compare! My son and daughter in law lived in Montreal the years they danced with Le Grande Ballet de Montreal. You have perfectly captured the winter moment with those stairs.- a dancers worst nightmare!

  6. Belinda says:

    Hello Shari. What combination of colors do you use to create your stone work? Thank you.

    • HI Belinda. Good question. Well, the stone was warmish so I started with Raw Sienna. To that I added some burnt sienna, cerulean blue, a bit of Cadmium Red and maybe some Prussian Blue. But it is mainly Raw Sienna for that warmth.

  7. This is my City allright ! Shari, I love so much your sketches, they have a special softness !

  8. Connie Renaud says:

    I love your winter scenes. You make the snow pop!

  9. Law Blank says:

    Sweet compositions and fantastic color. I’m so glad this popped up in my Flipboard feed.
    Cheers,
    ~Law Blank

  10. Judy Sopher says:

    I really get the feel of the cold, and the snow. I always connect this with living in ND.(as I have written Grand Forks is only an hour from the Canadian border). But it can be cold and icy here. I love this painting.

  11. Gina Bisaillon says:

    Great sketch, and so evocative! Wherever I have lived in Montreal, I’ve always been the only one to clean the steps completely. Those ruts are lethal!

  12. Susan Furrie says:

    Your sketches are such an inspiration and make me want to get out my sketchbook which has been languishing in my purse. However, the scenes you have been sketching tell me you need another trip to Florida

  13. Alison says:

    At least it was a beautiful sunny day. Great sketch. You really captured the warmth of the stone. I very distinct Montreal scene indeed.

  14. TonyU says:

    Lovely …. and maybe the step by step painting you been promising us!


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