Blue cranes

I missed launch day at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club, but it felt like a celebration this morning when I got down to the lake and saw the boats bobbing in the water. It is indeed the start of plein air painting season here in Montreal.

My sketching window was only about an hour, so I painted from the car instead of at my standing easel. That presented certain challenges. For example, it’s difficult to paint long straight lines (like the masts and the crane) when my work is on my lap, or balanced on the steering wheel. I just can’t get the arm motion right when I’m that cramped. Lesson learned, though. Tomorrow the easel is coming along with me. Painted on a pad of Arches CP, 140 lb, 10″ x 14″.

12 Comments on “Blue cranes”

  1. Lori says:

    Amazing, as usual!
    Someday, I say to myself… someday:)


  2. TonyU says:

    Plein air from the car 😉. Looking forward to seeing a lot more now you’re off and running and love the complementary red and green repeats on the buildings and in the foreground.


  3. Ah….nice job! I love the yellow and red accents too….
    I missed you again in MTL – I was there during the heat wave. What a beautiful city it is – so much more beautiful than Toronto :(.


    • Mary, you’ll have to come back please!! It is indeed a beautiful city, especially in spring and summer. Actually autumn is beautiful too, and you know I love winter. So come back anytime and let me know when!


  4. Denise says:

    Straight lines can be overrated-this is perfect as is!


  5. Nice painting of the Point Claire, Yacht Club!!


  6. I agree about straight lines, not important when you’ve captured the mood of the day. Glad to know the cramped arm in car isn’t just me.


  7. This looks great! I love how your reds make my eyes travel all around your page. I guess I need to stand at my easel to do masts. lol I do a lot of my plein air from my “mobile studio.”


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