As I look out my window I can only barely see the house across the street. This is because we’ve got a rip-roaring blizzard going on. This winter has been a doozy thus far. We’ve already had 11-12 feet of snow and it’s only mid-February.
Many of us have gotten some chuckles listening to the people in Seattle and Vancouver try to deal with snowfall and I include myself among them. Sure, they’re not used to it, aren’t equipped for it, and are even somewhat surprised by the snowfall, I suppose, but it’s fun to poke fun at them nevertheless. I’m just glad they took some snow off our hands as we’ve got so much my snowblower is having a hard time throwing the snow to the top of the snowbanks that line my driveway.
But it wasn’t snowing on Monday and Yvan and I headed for the Quebec Federation of Hunters and Fishermen offices. They have an amazing exhibit of taxidermy animals and it’s a delightful place to sketch.
My hand was hurting a bit, but my real problem was that I’d lost my ability to “see.” Nothing was automatic and I struggled to see the shapes and volumes of the coyote skull I decided to draw. I should have chosen something more simple. I guess I should have known that “out of practice” would include all aspects of drawing, but I figured that once I trained my brain, it would stay trained. Then again, I forget where I put my keys so… Anyway, here’s my version of a coyote skull, which has an eye socket drawn way too small.
I took a short break to get a drink and rub my hand a bit. Then I sat down to draw a duck. I felt a bit more confident by this point and I didn’t need to second guess myself so much. We’d decided to stop at noon for lunch and so I rushed a bit to finish this one but I was happy, and a bit tired.
We ate lunch with the idea that we would return to sketching but we didn’t. My hand was hurting and Yvan suggested that we call it a day since it was my first day back to location sketching. Instead, we decided to go have coffee where we talked about composition, tactics for blocking in drawings and identifying simple shapes in a scene. We topped off the day with a stop at an art store and then I got to look over a bunch of Yvan’s art. The day couldn’t have been more perfect.