Shari Blaukopf recently spent several days in the Baie St. Paul area painting up a storm. As I read her blog posts I thought of times when Chantal and I had visited the area and how much fun it was. While we couldn’t go for several days, we decided to do a day trip there and back. That meant a two hour drive in each direction so we wouldn’t have much time there but heck, it would satisfy our wanderlust.
The drive was enjoyable. Just getting out and driving through forest and field was a treat. When we got there we hunted down the place Shari mentioned that made 100% cotton paper. It was nice, but I found the papers too thin (seemed mostly for writing) and too expensive. So, we walked across the street to the Maritime Museum of Charlevoix, another of Shari’s stops. It’s an interesting place, a place where cargo ships were stored during winters. Since the display ships are all out of the water and sitting at an odd angle, I didn’t draw any of them (excepting a small, quick sketch of the tugboat that showed up in a previous blog post).
Instead I was thrilled to find tractors and stationary steam engines on display. These provided power to move the ships around. And so I drew one of the steam engines. The sketch isn’t my best. I found the subject more complex than I thought it would be and didn’t devote enough time to blocking in its proportions and relationships. Oh well. We had a great time anyway.
I’m both fascinated and frustrated by the effects the COVID scourge has had on my feelings and decision-making. One of the really fun things to do in Baie St. Paul is walk down Main St. (don’t think it’s called that), visiting the high-end boutiques and art galleries. Of course we had to do that – or did we really. As we were wandering I felt that I shouldn’t be there. The very notion of being in a store “just to look” has left me and all I wanted to do was get out of there. Chantal felt the same way.
Ultimately we had our first meal in a restaurant since February and I had to chuckle over the fact that our choice of restaurant had little or nothing to do with what they were serving and everything to do with how few people were in the restaurant. Such is life these days. Hope COVID is treating you well.