Sketchcrawling With USK Montreal

I’m going to keep this short because we’re experiencing really low barometric pressure which is giving me a horrible arthritis attack in my knees and hands.  I’ll also apologize for the typos because my typing is being affected…bigly.

But last Sunday I was in heaven.  I met Marc Holmes for coffee before the event and when we arrived at the Pointe-à-Callière museum there were 30 or so sketchers waiting for the place to open.  The goal for the day was to sketch the Asian exhibition and it was a doozy.

The exhibit is on two floors and I probably should have made a quick run around to inventory things but I just started sketching these small clay figures.  They were simple, crude, and I managed to make them even more so when I went out in hall and tried to paint them while standing.  I was at least a couple of hands short for that exercise.

Stillman & Birn Beta, Platinum 3776, Platinum Carbon

I did those quickly, all the time thinking of heading upstairs in search of something better to draw.  The second floor had one display of larger statues, a bunch of pottery, kimonos, and a couple samurai suits.  I decided to draw a couple of the larger statue artifacts.  Those were fun but I really hope that some day I’ll get better at drawing while standing.

Stillman & Birn Beta, Platinum 3776, Platinum Carbon

The area around the samurai suits was pretty crowded so I decided to draw a piece of pottery.  Then I went outside and found Marc creating a masterpiece.  Watching work with watercolors is always a treat.  I never did add color to my pottery.

We only had 20 minutes left so we went back in and I decided to take that time to read about some of the smaller pieces which were at the other end of the first-floor room from where I had done my first page.  That’s when I saw it… a large door into yet another room.  Dare I say this was where thek really good stuff was?  Large buddah’s statues of all sorts, large busts of Asian characters.  Wow…and me with only a few minutes left before we were to rendevous for lunch and show-n-tell.  I quickly drew one of the heads, using pencil this time.  Yet another skill I need to work on.

We met for lunch and passed sketchbooks around.  USK Montreal has a lot of talented people among its ranks and it was fun seeing their results.  This day was pretty special to me and I hope to return for some of their future sketchcrawls.  Thanks, Marc, for organizing the event.

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  1. Tina M Koyama says:

    So glad to hear you made it to a sketchcrawl! Sounds like a fun day, indeed.

    Tina

    • Tina, you can’t imagine how jealous I am when you write about a series of talks by a veritable who’s who of urban sketchers so it was great to be able to spend some time with some of the icons from this side of the planet. I wish I could attend all of USK-Montreal sketchcrawls but it requires six hours of driving for 4-5 hours of sketching. But a better group could not be found and I do hope to get there more often. This was my second; it won’t be my last.

  2. Alan Norsworthy says:

    I dunno about the “need to improve” stuff your work is growing stronger every time I check in !

    I hope the weather changes so you can get some relief
    All the best
    Alan

    • If I ever get to a point where I don’t think I can get better, I’ll quit. What fun would that be? Fortunately, I don’t think I’ll ever have to worry about that 🙂 Oh…and the weather is improving, as am I. I can walk, type and draw again.