For the last couple weeks, all the pleasure boats that have spent the winter in their cocoons have been carried, one-by-one, down a ramp and plunked into Bassin Louise, the protected harbor for pleasure boats in Quebec City. There is a lock that allows boats to come and go in spite of the significant tides of the St. Lawrence River and just outside those locks is where all the tugboats are, that serve the larger ship traffic along the St. Lawrence and/or are loaded/unloaded in Quebec City.
I walked down to this area today and there was a spring (pun intended) in my step. I have to say it…I just have to. No way I can avoid it. It’s just got to come out. IT WAS WARM, WARM, WARM today. I was wearing shorts and a t-shirt as I skipped along the St. Charles River. I was a happy sketcher. Did I mention that it’s finally WARM in Quebec City?
There was only one glitch in the day. I sat down to draw a small tugboat that I hadn’t seen before. Most of our tugs are what one might call ‘ocean tugs’ – really big, really powerful tugboats. This one was much smaller. It was cute. When I was a kid I had a book whose main character was L’il Toot. He was a brightly colored tugboat with big eyes on the front of his cabin. This tugboat reminded me of him. But when I opened my sketching bag I found that I’d forgotten to stuff my sketchbook into it. I did have a small Strathmore “Drawing” book, however, so I did this quick sketch of my tugboat as it poked its head above the harbor wall. Did I mention that it was WARM today? In spite of the lack of a real sketchbook, this was a great day.