Rue Villeray sous la pluie

It’s end of semester for me which means lots of grading, tests to prepare, etc., but when I have a free hour or two, I grab it. At lunchtime today, I drove to the Villeray neighbourhood, a favourite area of mine to sketch since the streets are full of life, there’s often parking, and I can find lots of great small buildings to sketch.

Today’s struggle was with the rain. It wasn’t coming down hard enough to be a deterrent, but the light drizzle eventually blocked my view and every few minutes I had to turn the wipers on to clear up the car window. An annoyance, no doubt, but worth it because I was able to finish a sketch during my short break. Sketched on a block of Arches CP, 10″ x 14″.

36 Comments on “Rue Villeray sous la pluie”

  1. Alison says:

    Superb sketch! You’ve captured the damp and the dreariness of this time of year, and the sparkle that can still sleep through. I find the teal steeple and the ochre (?) buildings very lively. Great motion in the figures. Love it!


  2. jansiking says:

    Wonderful sketch!!!!


  3. debraji says:

    Absolutely worth it. Let’s give a cheer for a good set of wipers.


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  5. Suzanne says:

    It’s like magic how the streets look so wet!


  6. Judy Sopher says:

    8X10 is a large sheet to have done that in a break. and I agree that you can feel the rain. Lovely painting.


  7. Bernadette says:

    Gosh, this is absolutely beautiful! The rain soaked street, puddles of reflections, you captured so well. You’ve taken a ordinary, dreary day and turned it into a priceless treasure. Thank you for sharing.


  8. Rita says:

    This one’s a gem! Love the teal color against the golds.


  9. Donna Thibodeau says:

    You are so good at reflective surfaces. Also, snow, Also, trees. Also, flowers. You are a master!


  10. Susan naphan says:

    You are simply..the best! Love love your work!


  11. Rita Palazzo says:

    Lovved your last painting,it really captured the mood of agray day in Novemberr
    thanks for sharing


  12. baillu says:

    Until I was 21, I lived on Villeray Street, in the 60´ and 70´. Please tell me which intersection you were at. Thank you for visiting my chilhood! The rendering you made is great!!


  13. TonyU says:

    Love the composition, the rainy day feel and the almost but not quite complementary colours … and of course the traffic lights and power cables too!


  14. Theresa Lee says:

    This painting is awesome !


  15. BART says:

    Hi…. This painting really caught my eye straight up. Like the colours …. if this is anything to judge by ….look fwd to getting your book in 2019. New to this blogging …just started up. These sort of paintings are inspiring. Thank You….


  16. Fond memories again! I look at your sketches, Shari, and am in awe!! Then I try to figure out the steps you could have gone through from beginning to end. I’m still baffled!


  17. orangefriday says:

    I love your painting!


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