Repaving The Neighborhood

Quebec City is in the midst of a major infrastructure improvement program that includes replacing our sidewalks, curbs, some of the water and sewer lines, and ultimately, repaving our street.  Right now, though, it’s a mess.

We live, from 6:30AM until 5:30 with a near constant beep..beep…beep as big machines and trucks back up, and lots of general construction noise, but the activity does provide sketching opportunities.  Sadly, I haven’t take advantage of it because staying indoors or leaving is the only way to buffer against the noise driving me nuts.

When the workers go home, however, they do leave their toys behind and so I sat on my front porch and drew this large water truck whose job is to spray down the street to keep the dust down.  Not the most esthetically pleasing sketch but I had fun doing it.

Stillman & Birn Alpha softcover (5.5x8.5)

Stillman & Birn Alpha softcover (5.5×8.5)

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  1. Tina says:

    I sympathize about the noise and mess — I’ve lived through that, too. But it’s great to have a source of heavy equipment to draw! Wear ear plugs!

    Tina

    • In fairness to the construction folks, they’ve made us as comfortable as possible, even issuing us a card for our car so we can park on streets a couple blocks away during the construction.

      I’d ask if you ever get in ‘moods’ when it comes to your sketching but I know you do from following your blog posts. While I’m sometimes in the mood for sketching construction equipment, for some reason, I can’t get in one right now, in spite of having a huge excavator sitting at the end of my driveway with its arm straddling part of my yard 🙂 — Larry