Drawing For My Daughter

My daughter was home for Christmas and she asked if she could have one of my sketches to hang in her apartment.  Since I do my drawing in sketchbooks, granting her request was difficult, so I decided to do a drawing for her on Fabriano Artistico cold-press paper.  It’s really a pleasure to have unlimited time and to work at a table and without needing to juggle the tools as I sit on a tripod stool.  I drew one of my favorite scenes in Quebec City and here is the result.

This project is something of a landmark for me as well.  It’s the first time I’ve ever matted one of my drawings.  Heck, it’s the first time I’ve ever cut a mat.  It was fun.  It improved the look of the drawing. I might do it again.  She was happy with it.  I hope you do too.


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  1. Pat Roberson says:

    Beautiful drawing! Love the colors and the use of perspective. And the fact that your daughter wanted one of your sketches for her apartment is lovely.

    • Thanks Pat. I don’t really “use” perspective. It’s just there as the simple result that things further away appear smaller, so I draw that. Anything drawn without reflecting perspective looks like it’s a cardboard cutout. But thanks for thinking I’m doing something special 🙂

  2. Elva says:

    I bet your daughter is delighted! …. and welcome to the world of matting, etc. I didn’t realize you hadn’t done any of it. Kudos to your daughter for nudging you.

    • It’s sort of silly that I haven’t, Elva, but I guess I haven’t seen my learn-to-draw journey like other artists. To me it’s all about the doing so once a drawing is done, so am I. I can barely interest myself in adding color, which is something I’m trying to improve on. But matting makes such a big difference that maybe I’ll do it more often, but it doesn’t work well with my sketchbook ways.

  3. Tina M Koyama says:

    “Really a pleasure” not to have to juggle on your stool? With freezing fingers? Surely you jest. 😉 Lovely painting. Did you work from a photo or a sketch you had made previously?


    • …you’re right, I love my stool and those freezing fingers? Gotta have them.

      I have an extensive photo library of Quebec City because I’m constantly taking photos and saying “I should draw that.” I never do. I do this for fun and drawing from photos isn’t. In this case, I hunted down a couple sketches I’d done in this area. Each was of components of this drawing (the big bay window, the big fancy chimney). Then I looked at a couple photos I had of the view, and chose one. I worked from that photo on my laptop.

  4. Beautiful! I love how a mat and frame dresses up my work.

  5. Michelle Weatherson says:

    Your drawing is wonderful Larry… Love the colors on the buildings and the sky sets off everything very nicely. Bravo!