Sketching On The Montmorency River

CMontmorencyOne of the tourist spectacles around Quebec City is Montmorency Falls.  The falls themselves are nice but the tourist areas around it are equally nice so it’s fun to go sketching there.  To make it even better, I can hop a bus that will take me there, which is what I did this morning.

Yvan and I met very early  and headed for the Montmorency Falls area.  The falls weren’t our target though.  Our quary was rocks.  I’m tempted to make a quary/quarry joke here but I won’t.

Suffice it to say that when we got to the falls we crossed the bridge above them and headed north, up the river.  It was much cooler than I’d expected and my shorts and t-shirt left me shaking in my boots, almost literally.  Yvan was smarter, wore long pants and even brought a windbreaker.  Even so, he said he was cold.  I was colder.  I win…errr…lose.

Stillman & Birn Delta (6x8), Pilot Prera, Lex Gray

Stillman & Birn Delta (6×8), Pilot Prera, Lex Gray

But we’re tough sketchers and had fun anyways.  I got to break in a new Stillman & Birn sketchbook. This one is a 6×8 spiral-bound Delta series book.  It’s the first time I’ve used their ivory paper but I thought I should try it.  I think I like the ivory color.  It’s probably better for some things than for others but this morning’s subjects seemed to like it just fine.  The paper itself goes without saying as it’s one of the best watercolor sketchbook papers in existence.  For those who may wonder, the Delta is the equivalent of S&B’s Beta series which is very popular with the watercolor crowd.

Stillman & Birn Delta (6x8), Pilot Prera, Lex Gray

Stillman & Birn Delta (6×8), Pilot Prera, Lex Gray

 

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  1. lynne howard says:

    Larry these are very nice sketches. My favorite is the one with the rocks and that wonderful tree!. I love drawing rocks and trees so this is a hit with me. Your greys are fantastic. Always a fun color to mix while painting. Nice story too!!!! A great day to remember

    • I feel the same way, Lynne. I bit off more than I could chew with that first sketch and it was made worse by me getting very cold. It was 7AM, cloudy, windy (blowing over water) and I was wearing shorts and t-shirt. I drew too fast and cared too little I’m afraid 🙂 When I finished I literally went up on the trail and walked/jogged for 15 minutes just to warm up enough to try again. The second sketch was more modest and it was a bit warmer by then 🙂

      Cheers — Larry