I’m back in Charlevoix for my fourth annual painting holiday. This gorgeous region of Quebec is famous for art. Where else in the world would you find a sign like this? “There are other places for this” is what the sign says and it’s right. Charlevoix has a multitude of pretty spots where you can stand at your easel or set down your stool. There is absolutely no need to paint on the railroad tracks. Usually.
Today, we worked in our local village of Les Eboulements and most of the group concentrated on sketching. I think a day of sketching is a great way to start the week. Do a lot of looking and get a feel for the place.
After lunch in our studio, we had a look at the work from the morning. The biggest challenge was a familiar one; angles and perspective! I did a short review of the use of a measuring stick before we headed back out into the field.
Those nasty roof-lines continued to cause trouble so a quick plein air meeting was called to address the problem. I did a bit of sketching over the course of the day and used my drawings to illustrate some of the ideas we were focusing on.
We held our Critique in the comfort of the studio. It was a pleasure to see a mix of sketches and watercolours. I have a feeling that we’ll be seeing more watercolours over the next few days.