Our harbor is clogged with cruise ships. It’s that time of year when everyone wants to float along the St. Lawrence River, looking at the hillsides on either side of the river and this is a particularly good year for autumn leaf watchers. While the trees have responded to changing day length by ceasing chlorophyll production, we’ve maintained enough warmth and lack of wind that the leaves have been late in falling, creating an amazing blaze of reds, yellows and golds. Some of the trees are so bright that they are hard to believe. Maybe someone is painting them.
Chantal and I have been driving around on the weekends, visiting different places under the auspices of sketching and adventuring, but mostly just to enjoy the sunshine and the trees. Mostly we just enjoyed being outside in the sunshine.
My arthritis has disabled my drawing hand so I haven’t really done a lot of sketching, but my heart’s in the right place and that’s something. I’m hoping the hand will return to normal soon and I can get back to sketching more. In the face of our excursions hither and yon to visit forests, there is some irony in the fact that the sketch I present to you here was done no more than a 10-minute walk from my house. I sat at the edge of a park and drew this amazing tree and its surroundings. Hope you like it.