To say that spring/summer has been slow in arriving would be a big understatement but we’re finally starting to get some warm, sunny days. We took advantage of one of them last week and found ourselves in Beauport, along Avenue Royale, a street that runs along a hillside, a part of the city where the architecture is spectacular but quite different from the really early architecture of our “old city.”
My first sketch was an example of me biting off more than I could chew. It didn’t start out that way. I intended to draw just the end of a long set of Quebec equivalents of New York brownstones. These are covered with gables, towers, etc. and are quite stunning. They’re also quite complicated. Very quickly, though I let my eyes grow big while my time stayed the same and the result was that very soon I was scribbling my way to depicting half of the entire complex, something that should have taken twice the time and been done in a much larger format. My little 4×6 book just wouldn’t hold it all. Here it is, serving as a lesson – when you decide the scope of a drawing, stick to it.
As it turned out, I had more time than I thought. It has been forever since I’ve sketched outdoors with our little group and getting back into the swing of things is harder than it should be and my timing is off. Anyways, I started drawing a small subject, figuring I could get it done before everyone wanted to head off for lunch. In spite of its simplicity, I really like this one. Hope you do too. In any case, summer is here and I hope it will be a good one.