Sketching A Mineral Display

We’re entering sketching winter in Quebec City.  This is when the notion of street sketching is absurd and so we’ve got to start looking for hard to find indoor locations to feed our urges to put pen to paper.

I got an email from Claudette telling me about permission she obtained for us to sketch a rock display in the lobby of one of the government buildings.  My initial reaction was “huh?” and an assumption that I didn’t understand the French (my default reaction to most things because it is generally true).  I love drawing rock cliffs and even piles of rocks but a geologic display of rocks?  Didn’t make sense.

I almost didn’t go but I’m glad I did as it was a lot more fun than I thought it would be.  Besides it was warm inside and raining outside.  During the morning session I drew three rocks, a green one, an almost clear one, and a yellow one.  I’d give you more details about these minerals but that’s all I know.  Geology is not my thing.  The results aren’t great art but they do represent a lot of fun and I’d love to have another shot at drawing some of these unique and complex shapes.

Stillman & Birn Alpha (5.5x8.5), Platinum 3776

Stillman & Birn Alpha (5.5×8.5), Platinum 3776

Stillman & Birn Alpha (5.5x8.5), Platinum 3776

Stillman & Birn Alpha (5.5×8.5), Platinum 3776

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  1. Julana says:

    Well, you know, some of that watercolor comes from rocks.

  2. Dave Orndoff says:

    Great idea to draw minerals, as they have many complex shapes and beautiful colors.

    As a geology buff, however, I have to mention the correct spelling is Fluorite, not Flourite.

    I always enjoy your blog and sketching projects.

    • [sound of palm of hand slapping Larry’s forehead] Geez….that’s why I don’t normally write on my sketches. Of course Calcium Fluoride has no flour in it 🙂 Thanks for pointing out the error, Dave. — Larry