Sunday morning in Lachine

I love the quiet of a Sunday morning in the old part of Lachine. Especially when it’s cold out. And grey. People are out only by necessity — to walk dogs, to smoke a cigarette, to pick up milk at the dep. It’s very different from spring and summer when there are visitors from other parts of the city who come to stroll along the lake and picnic in the park. And far less interesting.

Despite the cold, I painted from my car. I enjoy setting up the drawing for a scene like this. Each shape is a piece of the puzzle. I start with the buildings but if I’m lucky a smoker or a dog walker will walk into the scene and give a bit of life to the bleakness of the street on a cold and grey Sunday morning in Lachine.


29 Comments on “Sunday morning in Lachine”

  1. Looks like an early morning scene before the town wakes up. I like that there isn’t a lot of variety in color. You can feel the cold in this!

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  2. karim waked says:

    You are so incredible Shari, post dinner and pre X-Mas tree you still find the time to blow our minds.
    Much respect and admiration sweetheart xoxox

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  3. Great work with all these watercolors Sari!

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  4. Christine says:

    Absolutely wonderful. I love this. You are making me discover Lachine. All I knew was the canal bit.

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  5. Rene says:

    Lovely scene.

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  6. sandidureice says:

    Beautiful.

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  7. Y.B. De Ridder says:

    Can’t really explain why but loved this one, looks “simple” but is genius! I guess (for me) the perfect balance if composition and color

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  8. Judy Sopher says:

    It is amazing that you did this from your car. I love scenes like this.

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  9. Caroline Greene says:

    My grey-day sketches always look dull but I can see that it’s possible to perk up an overcast day sketch without the light looking mismatched. Using slightly desaturated but still attractive hues looks like the way to go.

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  10. ccr1ccr2 says:

    P.S. …and a surprising number of warms

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  11. Bernadette says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I could eat this luscious work of art. Your colors with pops of red guide my eyes so that I don’t miss anything. The addition of two walkers, strolling through the scene are powerful attention getters! I ❤️ love this,

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  12. Peri Nilan says:

    Love the sketch, especially with people added. Lachine is my favourite place to visit (have family there) when I come to Montreal. It’s so walkable! Wonder if you could do a sketch/watercolour of a scene showing the typical twisted staircases on the buildings in Montreal?

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    • Thanks for having a look Peri. I have wanted to do those outdoor staircases for many years, especially in winter. The problem in winter, though, is always where to find parking because the streets never get cleaned right away.

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  13. Betsy says:

    I love this and hope I can absorb some of your ability to depict an ordinary winter scene. The whites of the paper that you leave really enhance the subtle colors and blocky shapes.

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  14. Nice drawing of Lacine, I like how you captured the bleak dull winter colours.

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  15. ccr1ccr2 says:

    I’m studying your picture and trying to work out how you’ve made a dull grey day colourful! I can see the colours are softly desaturated, and there are warms and cools. It’s lovely.

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