Fall 2023

We enter into the fall season with high day temperature in the low 30’s, bears on the roam breaking into unsecured garbage and the local river road under construction with dust and gravel flying. This is not catastrophic in comparison to the forest fires in other parts of Canada.
The above mentioned elements have limited by visits to the local turtle pond and quarry where I passed many hours sketching the landscape last summer.


Farm Point Turtle Pond, oil on canvas, 24×20, 2023


Turtle Pond in mid summer, oil on canvas, 12×12, 2023


Quarry from on top, oil on canvas, 20×20, 2023

My studio has become my space this summer. The above are a few of my finished works in oil on canvas  When someone like myself paints from memory and watercolour sketches it becomes an impression of the time and day not a realistic one. I am a daydreamer.

Summer 2023

This summer has new ingredients- tornados, forest fire smog, with exceptional hot humid days. But still a beautiful summer here in Québec.
When we have unpredictable weather like this watercolour sketching is the answer. It’s compact and quick to pack up and move on quickly.

Turtle Pond, Farm Point, watercolour, Arches paper


Wakefield boat house

Boathouse at Wakefield, watercolour and gouache on Arches paper

Locally, the Gatineau River and the adjacent turtle pond are always a source to find subject matter to paint. It’s now mid summer and the local turtle pond has 5 big guys taking a nap on their favourite log and the many babies from spring are off to better camping grounds. The Gatineau River has become a slow meandering stream offering boating and swimming to us but just wait to see who’s the boss this fall.

Spring 2023

Life moves on and it’s time to update. This spring we spent 5 days at Charlevoix to sketch, to enjoy fellow artists and the local ambiance.

We stay at the L’Auberge Cap Aux Corbeaux, Baie-Saint-Paul, Qc with it’s panoramic view of Isle-aux-Coudres to the Massif from sunrise to sunset in all types of weather.

View from Auberge Cap aux Corbeaux

Each artist has a favourite spot maybe Port-au-Persil, parc national des Grans-Jardins, Saint-Hilarion or Malbaie but my preference is along the Fleuve Saint-Laurent. As usual, I go to the small gazebo beside the sailor’s church at Saint-Joseph-de-La-Rive. It provides shelter from the cold, rain and wind this day. My watercolour sketches were not truthful to the reality of the weather this day. I have no explanation but one of those times when the hand over rides the mind.

Saint-Joseph-de-La-Rive, Qc


My stay always includes a stop at L’idée Forgée to chat with the artisan-forgeron Jeannot Duguay. What a special man, artisan and blacksmith. There is a photo of him in his atelier taken by Mon Charlevoix which reminds me of Anselm Kiefer and the saying “same mother different father”.

There is an informative article by Léa Asselin-Abston with more photos of Jeannot in his studio. Here is the link

 Duguay, le passionné artisan-forgeron de Saint-Irénée 

Lastly before leaving we have lunch at Pains D’exclamation in Malbaie – always a treat and it never disappoints. A place to warm up with a cappuccino some bread pudding and do some sketching.

Pains D’exclamation, Malbaie, Qc

As always we take an hour to walk the Main Street in Baie St. Paul to look at the galleries. Galerie  Guylaine Fournier was our favourite of the day. She was generous with her time and knowledgeable. There is a wide variety of sculptures, furniture, watercolour and acrylic or oil paintings.

A great 5 days to recharge the soul.

Winter knocking at the door 2022

Yes, weather is in change mode. First snowfall this week and the north wind is cold.

But I continue to plein air sketch with watercolour and paper outdoors. My favourite spot is a rock high up on the ridge looking down on the local quarry, Gatineau River and the far hills in the distance. Thinking my loyalties are shifting to wards the River- calm one day but raging dark the next.

Here is a recent watercolour painted just before recent snowfall in November.

Autumn 2022

Time to take a mini vacation and explore parts of Quebec and Martimes.

Our final destination was Parrsboro, Nova Scotia to follow a three day figure workshop with Bill Rogers….wonderful generous artist and person. Each day another model was presented and we just painted. Bill would pass by and make the best suggestions for a better likeness, better values and colour choices.

On our way homeward, we passed an easy three hours at the Jardins de Métis near Sainte-Flavie, Qc. This particular spot of 45 acres enjoys a microclimate supported by the confluence of St Lawrence and Mitis Rivers which allows plant to grow here not found elsewhere in Canada.

Final days were spent enjoying Kamouraska food and scenery. Poissonnerie Laurier/Bistro, is a local bistro offering seafood with beer or wine. You line up to order- then take the beep puck to your table which signal your order is ready to eat. Prices are moderato, quality superb, service friendly. After labour day weekend this appears to be the only eatery open daily. Other have their signs out opening on the weekend.

Shoreline, watercolour, 2022

Village from wharf, watercolour mixed media, 2022