Charlevoix, Quebec – Day Two

This morning, we descended an extremely steep road to Saint-Joseph-de-la-Rive, a village on the shore of the Saint Lawrence river. I demonstrated ‘shape-reading’, a direct approach to watercolour with no preliminary pencil drawing. Sometimes, proportion and perspective suffer but it’s a very beneficial exercise in brush-handling, not to mention concentration.

It was a scorcher today. Very sunny and hot so the umbrellas became parasols. A Marine Museum in town features several fishing and work boats and they are always a popular subject (below).

Many of us gathered for lunch on the terrace of the Auberge de la Rive (www.aubergedelarive.net). Fresh smelts (eperlans) from nearby Saint-Irenee can be a bit tricky to eat but are well worthwhile. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. It would have been very easy to have an afternoon nap after lunch but we all went back to work and many lovely paintings were enjoyed at our critique at the end of the day.

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2 Responses to “Charlevoix, Quebec – Day Two”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Barry, did anyone paint their lunch? It looks enticing! Judi Betts takes her paints and sketchbook with her everywhere. It is so much fun to see the impromptu sketches she does of food, wine, restaurant interiors and exteriors. She then uses some of her sketches to make Christmas cards each year. They are so wonderful!
    Your workshop looks very interesting. I’ve only visited the St Lawrence once but I was impressed with its power and beauty. Your students are learning some very interesting and effective techniques. Have fun!

  2. Pamela Mitchell Says:

    Barry et al, sorry I am not with you. It looks wonderful!

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