It’s been really cold here in Quebec. So cold, in fact that I couldn’t bring myself to go out at all, let alone walk the hour to the museums. I hadn’t sketched in several days because of this, so when the high temp hit -17C I jumped at this ‘warm’ day to head out.
I decided to go to the Musee de l’Amerique francais, the site of our recent sketchcrawl. As I was there on a Thursday morning, I think I was alone in the museum, except for the staff. It was quiet. It was comfortable. In fact, I sat in a nice, comfy sofa and sketched a mannikin who was dressed in a 16th Century gown worn in the movie The Fountain.
Still trying to figure out pencil sketching, that’s what I was using. I decided early on that the subject might be too ‘grand’ for my Stillman & Birn 5.5×8.5 Epsilon sketchbook as the dress has a very bold pattern that I simply couldn’t capture in a 6″ tall sketch but I persisted doing the best I could. Sadly, the sketch shows my biggest problem – I constantly smear the pencil work. I can’t seem to avoid it. It got worse, of course, when I sketched on the page opposite this one. So, the sketch is more than a little bit ‘muddy’ but I sure had fun doing it. The mannikin didn’t have much of a face and neither does my sketch. Don’t hold it against her 🙂 I’m going to have to carry a sheet of paper to cover these sketches while I work, or maybe just go back to using a pen.
I moved to another room and was taken by a pair of 19th Century snowshoes. These are the widest shoes I’ve seen and if horses made John Wayne bowlegged, these would surely do the same to their wearer. I also sketched a boot that was associated with this display. Here I used a Pilot Prera and some watercolor pencils.