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Jean Talon Market, Head Shots

September 23, 2012

Our first official Urban Sketchers Montreal Sunday Sketching! Nine artist met at Jean Talon Market for a morning of drawing in freezing wind. Just the kind of cheery reception we planned for our first outing.

Well, not really, but I guess you have to be an optimist to do outdoor sketching this late in the year.

Some of the the others (Shari for one) love markets. The colors and complexity, the tasty looking foodstuffs. I guess I’m the odd man out in that respect. I wasn’t sure pumpkins and squashes would  be my thing.

The first thing I saw on arriving was a violinist busking for change. Perfect! I’ll spend the morning doing tiny little watercolor portraits in a 3″ sketchbook. Might as well take advantage of all the merchants in their market stalls. Captive subjects! When sketching people in the field, you need to find those captive subjects – people who aren’t going to up and leave  on you.

I’m usually a fan of making a good drawing before painting – but these were moving subjects, done quickly, and from within a dense crowd screening the view. So, I figured it would be a lot more entertaining to go straight in with watercolor.

 

5 Comments leave one →
  1. September 23, 2012 6:43 PM

    We were all amazed at what you can do with a brush and nary a pencil line.

  2. September 23, 2012 8:05 PM

    Amazing sketches. Love these. Cannot wait to get to Montreal in a few weeks myself.

  3. September 23, 2012 8:51 PM

    Love these little gems! Más! Más!

  4. Valerie Cousins permalink
    September 23, 2012 10:07 PM

    Interesting colour for your shadows. The violinist is lovely. Such a light touch.

  5. October 29, 2012 3:50 PM

    Ahhh those are awesome Mark! really cool! :D

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