In Québec City there is a sketching group called Collectif des ateliers en arts visual de Québec. Yes, the name is far too long and it forms an acronym that’s completely unpronouncable (CALAVQ). Naming things is not the strong suit of Quebecers, but it is a great organization that organizes life drawing and portrait workshops among other art-related events.
Lucien Provost is the president of this group and he arranged for ten of us to spend the day sketching at the Conservatoire de musique de Québec, courtesy of its director, Louis Dallaire, and several of his very accomplished and accomodating students who played for us while we sketched them. They were:Julie C. Villeneuve, oboe and English horn Étienne Chenard, violin Alejandro Calzadilla, alto saxophone Guillaume Turcotte, cello and a trio: Jean-Michel Dubé, piano Romain Rocher, violon Paola Curcio-Rizzato, cello
Thanks to all of you who gave of your time and facilities to make a bunch of sketchers very happy.
The music was amazing. The students were fun. Julie’s dress was simply spectacular. And the sketching was non-stop. We started at few minutes after 10AM and finished at 3PM, with 15 minutes for lunch. To say it was intense is to understate the situation. I ended up with 17 pages of sketches, some better than others I should add.
I’ll share just a few of them with you. I spent the day trying different pens and have indicated which were used in each case. The sketchbook was a Strathmore “Toned Gray” 6×9 book. Clicking on the images will enlarge them.