I met Marc Taro Holmes on day two of my Montreal trip at the Pointe a Calliere. This is primarily and archeology museum, built on top of a large excavation of early Montreal habitations. We were there to sketch in a natural history exhibition that’s going on now.
I admit that I was tired from the day before. Now that I’m officially old I don’t hold up like I used to but I was excited to sketch some animals. We wandered around, looked at everything and then I started drawing this spoonbill. It was a magnificent specimen. I tried the ‘draw fast’ approach and that cost me some accuracy but I was pleased by the result.
I was getting tired and Marc graciously agreed to walking across the street so I could sit, drink some coffee and have a muffin. That was fun and I needed it, but eventually we headed back to capture some more of the museum.
I decided to press the ‘draw fast’ method even more and tried to capture a bunch of birds on one page. I felt I’d went too small and I certainly drew too fast, but I had fun doing these quick captures. Maybe this will help me sketch pigeons on the street this summer.
Unfortunately I was running out of gas and just couldn’t bring myself to start another sketch. I decided at that point that I was done for the day and so I said goodbye to Marc and headed off to meet my daughter. I’m not sure that ‘draw fast’ is for me. Maybe I’m destined to forever be a slow sketcher.