On the weekend we took a drive to Pointe des Cascades so I could sketch the falling water in the abandoned locks at the Soulanges Canal. The only problem is, there’s hardly any falling water anymore. It’s barely a trickle. Here’s how it looked in 2020, and here’s how it was in 2015. What a disappointment. But it was still beautiful to sit at this very special spot by the water. The combination of decaying beams, rusted metal and still water is still a very compelling scene, and one of my all-time favourite places to sketch.

I did a second sketch looking across the canal at some sunlight hitting a concrete ledge. I’ll be painting scenes like this one next week when I teach at Big Bay State Park on Madeline Island, so this was good practice.

I also spent a few hours yesterday at the Beaconsfield Yacht Club. There’s a shady spot that I like, with a high viewpoint on the boats. I wish I could provide a sound clip to go with the sketch because the clanking of the masts in the wind was like a symphony of chimes.

7 Comments on “Reflections”

  1. Lori Zajic says:

    BEAUTIFUL!…. As always☺️

    Sent from my iPad Lori Bryan Zajic All things interior



  2. TonyU says:

    Busy day! Lovely sketches.


  3. Beautiful scene of the locks along on the Solonges Canal, too bad you didn’t have more falling water. I biked along this canal once, from Les Couteux to Les Cedars, never made it as far as Point Cascade. It is a beautiful area for cycling, and nice little villages.


  4. Denise says:

    Always a pleasure to see your work. Have fun teaching on Madeline Island!


  5. What a shame there wasn’t more water! Regardless, the colors and textures in the painting are great! The one of all the boats and their masts in incredible.


  6. Northern Traveller says:

    Your boats are always stunning !!!


  7. schartoart says:

    is that Montreal plein air group still meeting and if so do you have their info? thanks


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