Sunday sketching in Valois

Ah, can you hear that sigh of relief? It’s finally warm enough to sketch in my car again without turning into a block of ice. I set out this morning for Valois Village, and by the time I got there it was almost warm enough to crack open the car window a bit.

Laviolette is a popular corner store that’s instantly recognizable to people who know Valois well. I chose it because it’s the most colourful thing I could find in the neighbourhood. March days can be grey, even when the sun is out. There’s no sign of life in the trees and the snow that’s still on the ground is pretty dirty, so any bit of colour helps liven up a sketch. And of course if there are a few utility poles and wires in the scene, I’m a happy sketcher.

20 Comments on “Sunday sketching in Valois”

  1. Denise says:

    What a fun, colorful sketch on these blah days! Waiting for yet another storm to arrive this evening. Your blog is a welcome relief.


  2. Jauch says:

    Very nice 🙂


  3. joantav says:

    I love all the pops of red that liven up the scene. Well done!!! I’m glad the weather warmed up enough for a mobile studio sketch.


  4. Bernadette says:

    This is a fun study with clean, crisp washes, 2 utility poles, wires and a customer at the doorway of the store. So fresh that I can almost feel the warm breeze of this day. Nicely done, as always.


  5. Soni says:

    Wonderful as usual – did you use a rigger on utility lines or a brush pen ?


  6. dezabaleta says:

    Excellent !

    Mark de Zabaleta


  7. Inge Hoogendoorn says:

    This lovely painting brought back many memories having grown up in Pointe Claire, Valois and Strathmore. The scene has not changed much in all those years. I also enjoy your paintings of Pointe Claire village. Thanks for the memories from cold and sunny Victoria BC. Hopefully Spring is coming soon.

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    • Thanks so much for writing Inge. You must be enjoying daffodils and tulips by now in Victoria. For some reason, my Pointe Claire scenes bring back memories for so many people who have left the city and the West Island. I guess it’s for the reason you suggest, which is that there are many parts that haven’t changed much over the years. Glad I could bring back some memories for you.


      • Inge Hoogendoorn says:

        Thanks Shari. The daffodils and tulips are only out in the grocery store at the moment. I think it has been the coldest Spring ever with a cold biting wind. Hopefully the end of the polar vortex is near. Still have friends living in the village so I keep in touch. I am also eagerly awaiting a copy of your book. Can’t wait. Keep on painting. 👏😁

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  8. i also have places where i get ideas and titles to write. I am starting to sketch some. Love it. I usually will sit in a cold car if that what i want to do, then go somewhere and warm up.


  9. Judith Sopher says:

    Happy painting! Nice to have such color on a winter day. Your use of wires is so interesting. What size pen did you use here? Or is it pencil?

    Snow here as well-but finally. We haven’t had much. I follow your weather in our paper-quite a difference.


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