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.
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.
We still have COVID in our community but restrictions for a mask are now almost null expect for hospitals and medical clinic here in Quebec
I recently took on the challenge of 30 direct watercolour in 30 days under the direction of Uma Kelkar and Marc Taro Holmes. Not all watercolours were successful so often I did not post but the benefits were there. When weather permitted I painted outdoors directly from the environment but tornado warnings and frequent downpours put me at the kitchen table or protected porch.
Nearby we have a large quarry with high cliffs providing a superb lookout towards the village of Wakefield, the Gatineau River and eastern shoreline. My best find was the turtle pond next to the River. It provided many sketches and watercolour paintings as I became acquainted with the marsh filled with cattails, blue irises, red winged black birds, algae, frogs and toads.
Another successful plein air in Charlevoix organized by artist John Vazalinskas. We stayed at the Auberge Cap-aux-Corbeaux, 62 rue de Nordet, Baie-Saint-Paul, Qc for 5 days. The propriétaires are a young couple originally from France, fluently bilingual.
Info@cap-aux-corbeaux.com or 418 435 5676
Who are we.
John Vazalinskas, Helmut Langeder, Marc Holmes, Laurel Holmes, Dany Bouchard, David Kelavey, Angela Macleod, François Lacas, Linda Denis
Marc and David at the Grands-Jardins photo by Laurel Holmes
Where do we paint or photograph. If you are adventurous Grands-Jardins National Park, Tadoussac, Port-au-Persil is a full day with travel from the Auberge. But nearby the local village churches give good value with their panoramic views and safe parking. One of my first visit is the Presbytère des Éboulements and within 5 minutes Saint-Joseph-de-La-Rive, the sailors church. All views along the Saint Lawrence are spectacular you need to decide quickly and start painting.
Train shelter St-Irénée
Baie-Saint-Paul village is an architectural gem. We could pass a month here – there is so much to paint or photograph. Above is my watercolour sketched from the church parking lot. Another fabulous week passed and we so appreciated this time together.
Spring is in the air- puddles, potholes and robins and hopefully goodbye to Covid-19.
Below is a watercolour with soft pastels on paper from my kitchen table this month of March 2022. It gives me pleasure and ups my spirit to paint these colourful flowers
I continue to follow Joined Brushes on WhatApp. Our weekly artist this week was Tetjana Yablonska (1917-2005) a Ukraine painter . I find it best to quote these words from archive.com « possessed an inexhaustible love of life and optimism, which allowed the artist to maintain her strength and desire to paint even under the most difficult circumstances ». If you wish to follow her life of painting there is a great numbers of her works on the Internet.
The aim of Joined Brushes is to inform us about an artist weekly and then to chose a works we relate to and produce a similarity. It difficult as we are always aware of copyright and try not to infringe on this right of artists