Cruising Down The Nile

Egyptian culture was inseparable from the Nile River.  It was a source of water, provided fertile soils for agriculture, fish were a ready protein supply, and the bullrushes that grew along its banks provided material for baskets, floor mats, and other Egyptian stuff.

But heck, you gotta suppose that Egyptians used it for fun too.  Swimming might not have been a great idea because the Nile was home to crocodiles but how about hopping in the family yacht and going for a cruise.  Egyptians must have done that.  And one of the objects in our museum’s Egyptian exhibit is a large (4-feet long) wooden model of an Egyptian boat, complete with several people standing on deck.  It seemed that sketching it was the right thing to do.  Hope you like it.

Fabriano Artistico cold-press, DeAtramentis Document Black, Pilot Metropolitan F

Fabriano Artistico cold-press, DeAtramentis Document Black, Pilot Metropolitan F

Sketching A Bit Of Egypt

Our gang was back at the museum cuz, “baby, it’s cold outside.”  I decided to draw a stone guy who was making an offering at a funeral, or so sayeth the plaque associated with him.  Hope you like him.

Egyptian statue

Fabriano Artistico CP (7.5×11), Platinum 3776, DeAtramentis Document Black

Sketching And Painting Decorative Squares

Decorative carvingNot long ago I posted this decorative square and talked about how we’d started drawing these squares in a chapel.  I also mentioned that I was going to work on methods for painting/shading them.

These wood-carved squares are probably not even noticed by most visitors to the chapel because they’re dark mahogany and blend into the mahogany wainscotting that runs around the chapel.  Yvan ‘discovered’ them and we’ve both been thrilled with the idea of drawing them.  I find them challenging.  Yvan just makes them look beautiful (grin).

2015-12-29square2We’ve continued drawing them and I have been experimenting a bit with approaches to shading them.  The process is teaching me quite a bit about watercolors and their use, at least the way I want to use them.  Which one looks best to you?

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Carriage Lanterns In The Dark

2016-01-05lantern1There is an exhibition of carriages and sleighs at our Musee de la Civilisation and it’s about to end.  We’ve drawn of it in the past but the room is so poorly lit that it’s hard to see what you’re drawing.

But Yvan and I decided to brave the dark a bit more and to draw some of the carriage lanterns before they were pulled from their dark places and sent back to the well-lit storage barn where they are stored.

These are fun to draw because of their complex shapes but I can’t guarantee that my sketches are correct.  Often I couldn’t tell whether something is square or round because the room was so dark, so these are more a guess than anything.

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Street Sketching On January 8th

Part of the reason for this blog’s existence is to give me a place to document my sketching journey.  Today is a day of recording, not one of presenting good sketches.

I was out for a walk yesterday, in Quebec City, where January high temperatures average around 20F (-7C).  Of course, the low temps are, well lower.  So typically, street sketching doesn’t happen in January.

But as I walked, on the 8th of January, I realized just how warm it was as I took my hat and gloves off because I was overheating.  Some minutes later I came upon one of the impressive old mansions here and I decided to see if I could do a quick-sketch while standing on the sidewalk, in January.

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I grabbed my 4×6 toned paper sketchbook and went at it, very quickly, and very loosely trying to capture the house’s complex structure.  I failed miserably but it didn’t matter.  I had sketched on location, outdoors, in January.  I’ve joked with a few climate change denialists that I was planning on selling citrus and palm trees to the residents of Quebec City in the not so distant future.  Maybe I was right.

Since that sketch is so poor, I’ll try to improve the esthetics of the post by showing you my latest “mustache book,”  As much as I love these little books, the felt glasses and mustaches glued to the cover leave much to be desired so I glued one of my sketches to the cover and then covered it with laminating material.  What’cha think?

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