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Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue

December 27, 2011

The other day my friend Shari took me on a sketching tour of St. Anne de Bellevue. It’s a scenic town on the western tip of the island. I had no idea there were places like this around Montreal.  I’m from the prairies, so what do I know?

It felt much more like a New England fishing village. Lots of narrow curving streets, small shops and eateries and the water always close by. I’m sure I could find some boats around here if I poke around.

Up in the back streets you’ll find a few of these interesting pre-war houses. Plenty of big brick mansions not too far away – but I was struck by this cute green and yellow ‘dollhouse’. Had to smile at the huge trees in the yard. Much larger than the house itself. I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about returning to building small homes like this. They’re efficient to construct, and don’t grab more space than a person really needs.

Shari introduced me to painting from the car. This is a good solution for the cold Canadian weather. And it’s the urban sketchers equivalent of a detective on stake out! Street sketching is already somewhat like spying. Might as well get into the role.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 27, 2011 7:41 PM

    like spying…Stake-out Artist. :D

  2. Steven permalink
    December 27, 2011 8:59 PM

    The stake out! You guys should do a “good cop, bad cop” buddy sketcher video. Nice outing! Voyeurism never looked so good!

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