A river, northeast of Quebec City, creates a spectacular display as it tumbles through a small series of rapids and waterfalls near Inverness, Quebec. At the lip of the river canyon, fellow sketcher and all-around great person, Claudette and her chum have a really nice place and we were invited to spend the day sketching.
It was a great day and I wish I’d been feeling better. The drugs I was given for my heart, while fine now, weren’t doing me any favors that weekend. Nevertheless, it was a great day in spite of this small problem. There were nine of us and we headed into the canyon shortly after we arrived.
Everyone started to draw and, of course, it started raining. Some had brought umbrellas but I was not so equipped and as the rain hit my ink, it blossomed across the page. What a frustrating mess that was. So, I grabbed my 3×5 Stillman & Birn Epsilon sketchbook and drew Lisette in her “July in Quebec” sketching suit.
The rain was not long-lived, though, and the rest of the day was under a bright sun and warm temperatures. Rain free, I made a second attempt at drawing the road bridge over the river and above the falls.
Eventually hunger drove us from the canyon and we headed to Claudette’s place for lunch and conversation. I confess that my limited language skills are not up to the task of keeping up with the rapid fire French that occurs when so many fluent speakers are together, but lunch was fun anyway. At one point, though, I got up from the table and took a seat outside the fray. Again, in my small sketchbook I did this quick sketch of the party.
I wasn’t feeling that well and so didn’t get much accomplished the rest of the day but it was really nice to get out of the city. Thanks Claudette, for a great day.