It’s turning cold here and our outdoor location sketching season is nearing an end. The last Artistes dans les parcs outing took place at the Parc des Fondateurs, which is a gorgeous park near Stoneham, Quebec.
The Huron River runs through this park and I was looking forward to drawing some rocks and rapids. I was disappointed to find that the steep descents to the river kept me and my bad knee from fulfilling that goal so all I could do was look down and imagine it. Denise did give me some photos she took so maybe I can draw from them this winter.
Instead I decided to draw the barn, which used to be a barn but it now seems to be a building where the nearby church holds banquets and parties. It’s where we all gathered to eat lunch and to stay warm. The large door openings are now large viewing windows and several people did their drawing from inside. I should have because it was cold for a guy who grew up in Arizona. I have to confess that I rushed this sketch because of this but here it is. I hope to draw this building again some day, maybe when it’s a bit warmer.
I’d spent so much time wandering the park when we arrived that by the time I finished this sketch it was time for lunch. We all gathered inside, sat around a big table and chatted. Eventually, though, it was time to brave the cool, wet day and head back out. I decided to walk out of the park and set up in a parking lot of some sort of municipal building so I could draw the church.
I was making good progress when it started to rain. I persisted. The rain continued, plopping drops of water onto wet ink. I was using Platinum Carbon Black for this sketch (in a Hero fude pen) and PCB dries more slowly than DeAtramentis Document inks, particularly when it’s cold. The combined slow-drying and wet water was creating little bomb-craters on my drawing, to say nothing of the discomfort I was beginning to feel while standing there with no protection.
So, I packed up walked to the parking lot and swapped my big sketching bag for a small ‘scribble’ book and a pen and I went wandering, looking for places to stand out of the rain and sketch.
Eventually the rain stopped and I sat down to quickly sketch this odd structure. It was small and part of a children’s playground. Its total height couldn’t have been more than eight feet and all it had available for kids were two shallow tables. I assume that there are some toys to play with on those tables during the summer but none were in evidence when I was there. Still, it was cute as could be so I did this quick sketch.
All in all, it was a great day in spite of the cold and rain. We talked about trying to do a couple indoor events this winter but since a lot of the members of this group are oil painters with easels and such it’s unclear what will happen. I’m just thankful that Denise Bujold is such a nice person and willing to organize these events.