In recent weeks I’ve had to forsake urban sketching because it’s just too darn cold outside and so I’ve started doing domestic sketching (my name for studio sketching as the opposite of urban sketching) and historic sketching (drawing from old photos). Seems there is jargon-ese convergence in what I present today – historic, domestic, urban sketching.
Yvan and I braved the cold and took the ferry to Levis, where we climbed the hill and made our way to Maison Alphonse-Dejardins. Dejardins is the guy who started the Quebec banking system and his home is now a museum in his honor. I was on location and sketching and thus, I was an urban sketcher again. But this time my target was the sink and counter in the smallish kitchen in this home. Next time I’ll do the coal-fired stove cuz it’s a dandy. And in one swoop, this sketch is both historic and domestic. Voila, I did historic, domestic, urban sketching (grin).
I know, I’m being silly, but then the labels we put on everything, and worse, the debates over what qualifies as fitting a label are pretty silly too. Anyways, here’s the sketch I did in a Stillman & Birn Beta (8×10) softcover sketchbook. I kinda let the perspective get away from me but what the heck, if they were all perfect there’d be no reason to continue trying.