Spring is still struggling to show its head here in Quebec. It’s raining here today, but yesterday was gorgeous. Heck, we got all the way up to 68F! So I grabbed my sketchbook and headed out to wander the back streets, looking for something new to sketch. I went to an area I hadn’t been before.
It was a residential area, constructed during the early 20th Century. Many of the buildings had a lot of peeling paint and some even had molding pieces missing or damaged. But there were some gems too.
But I was drawn to a fairly small, simple house, mostly because of its bright colors and absolutely immaculate condition. I think someone must dust the exterior regularly. Obviously its residents cared about their home.
I set up across the street and started drawing it. Here’s what my finished sketch looked like. I hadn’t carried my painting gear with me so I added color at home, after dinner. The sketch was done in my 10×7 Stillman & Birn Alpha sketchbook using a Lamy Al-Star and Platinum Carbon Black ink. Here it is with color added.
One difference you’ll see between the finished drawing and the actual house is that the shade is pulled in the window on the right. During my session, that shade went up and a little, round-faced old lady looked out at me. I envisioned the dialog. “Hey Clarence, there’s a guy out there staring at our house. Looks like he’s making something in his lap. Should I shoot him?”
Alas, there were no shots. this is Canada, after all (grin).