For the last few weeks our street has been under construction. The city is replacing sewer/water lines, repaving the street, replacing our sidewalks, installing new streetlights and, hopefully, they’re going to re-sod the parts of our lawns that are currently torn up.
What does this have to do with sketching? Not much I suppose except that Chantal and I were all full up with the noise, particularly the beep, beep, beep of trucks and machinery backing up. So we left.
We drove out to Ile d’Orleans, the large island I mentioned a couple posts ago. We headed directly to La Boulange, a little slice of heaven that overlooks the St. Lawrence and that has great coffee and pastries. During our visit we also learned that they have fantastic pesto pizza. We enjoyed good food, sunshine and some quiet as we at on their veranda.
The only sketch I did from that location was this little quickie (maybe five minutes) that I scribbled into a small Stillman & Birn (3.5×5.5) sketchbook. The bit of color was splashed on from a 4-color palette I carry, using a waterbrush as my splashing device.
When the pizza, coffee and pastry was gone we decided to head to the other side of the island (north side) to visit the large church, and its associated park because it’s a great place to sketch. Chantal wanted to sketch the gazebo that sits at one end of the park. I decided that was a pretty good idea and we enjoyed some more sun as we sat together sketching. This was my result. It was really nice to get away from the noise and we returned refreshed and ready for another round of beep, beep, beep.