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Bethann and the Beaux Arts

November 8, 2012
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The other day Bethann Merkle from the Drawn to Quebec sketch group was passing through Montreal. We had an opportunity to hang out for a few hours and talk sketching. I was particularly impressed how well she draws and talks. If you’ve ever watched a group of artists chatting, the conversation can be awfully stilted. We *think* we’re chatting, but usually it’s long silences followed by non-sequiturs.

We ended up in the Museum – too chilly on the street. I did these Lamy pen sketches in the little classical sculpture display.  Then followed up with a touch of water to make midtones. I really love these pens, simply for the water-soluble ink cartridges. It’s like magic. You just touch your pen lines and they melt into interesting washes. It’s a great way to soften cross-hatching.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. sketchysteven permalink
    November 8, 2012 10:34 AM

    Let it bleed!

  2. November 8, 2012 11:32 AM

    Marc,
    Thanks for the ‘shout out’ here! It was great fun meeting you, connecting to the Montreal group in ‘real time’ and getting a peek in the Montreal Musée des beaux-arts was a real treat!

    Looking forward to next time,
    Bethann

  3. November 9, 2012 12:07 PM

    Hi Marc, this is wonderful… and you seem to actually use ink that is not waterproof and you let it bleed? This gives a really nice effect… grungy and artistic at the same time. Nice ;-)

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