I left you, in part one of this saga, with me very relaxed in a small park, having just sketched a lamp post. It was a very nice day and only 10AM, so I got in the car and drove to the other end of St. Jean, which is a really small town so it only took a couple minutes. I returned to the place where I’d sketched this during a previous visit to the island (Ile d’Orleans).
This time of year our maple trees put on a show for the tourists and we become overrun by cruise ships that come in from the Atlantic just to see this spectacle, so I decided to do another sketch of this area that featured the blazing colors of our forests. While this sketch was done from the pier, I moved much closer for the new one, concentrating on just a couple of the homes so that the trees could dominate. I did this new sketch in my Stillman & Birn Zeta (5×8) using a Pilot Prera filled with Platinum Carbon Black ink.
I’m a slow sketcher and something this size takes me a while – a while sitting on a little tripod stool on rocks, in the sun. You get the picture. I was pretty tired when I finished so I started driving down the southern coast of the island, looking for a nice place to eat a lunch and just relax.
Along the way I was doing what sketchers do; I was taking ‘inventory’ of potential things and places to sketch along the way. I’ve got to spend more time on the island as there’s a lot to sketch there. As I was driving I noticed a sign that said “Parc Maritime” and way down below the road I could see what looked like a couple boats and a parking lot. It seemed as good a place as any to eat lunch so I turned around, found the entrance, and drove down to Parc Maritime.
A half hour tour later I had learned that the town of St. Laurent revolved around this facility in the early 20th Century and that it had been a major hub for the construction, repair, and storage of the cargo vessels that ran around the St. Lawrence, mostly moving wood products. It had been an enormous facility employing everyone in St. Laurent and a lot of people who came from surrounding towns during the summers. This is a great place to visit, an amazing place to sketch. I was told that I could return to sketch anything I wanted as long as I paid the entry fee (grin).
I was pretty tired and hungry, though, so I wandered the forest, looking at remnants of the lisses, which were row after row of large railroad track-like thingies they used to slide large ships out of the water and then move them laterally along the shore for storage. This is a really nice place, hidden from view for the most part by the fact that it’s now tree covered and well below the main road.
When I finished lunch it was getting late but I decided I had to sketch something so I chose a small chaloupe, a heavy-duty rowboat. There is a shop on the premises where they built them and I’ve got to get back to sketch all the cool benches, tools, and a water-powered bandsaw contained within. But today I limited myself to one of the boats. This one was done in my small Moleskine watercolor (3×5). Hope you like it.
It will soon be too cold to visit the island. These days, on the weekends, there are just too many people as it’s apple-picking time and people who want to do this form kilometer-long lines of cars, all waiting to drive over the bridge and onto the island. This is not for me but maybe, during the week…. We’ll see.