Night Sketching in Old Montreal.

I haven’t gone night sketching in quite a while – but I’m using every
moment of good weather before my sketching trip to Portland next week.
(The workshop, by the way, has maybe one or two spaces left. [info here])

This
is our city hall, Hôtel de ville de Montréal as seen from The Place
Jacques Cartier. The square is a bustling tourist destination in the
summer. Packed with artists sketching your portrait for a few dollars,
kids getting neon light sabers from the vendors, rocker dudes with mini
amps playing for change – all that family oriented activity.

But the
real attraction is the city itself. The buildings are all dramatically
lit making a romantic backdrop for strolling along the river. Even with
the crowds of visitors, a summer night on the quay can seem like a
holiday in Paris.

This
sketch was about a half hour or so, done by faint streetlight. It’s a
challenge, not being able to see your colors. You never know what you
have until you get home. Have to go by memory of what’s on the palette
and trust your washes will be fine. As long as you get value right,
color doesn’t matter that much in this kind of scene.

For all that
though, the night lighting is a great pleasure. Everything is
dramatically lit. Shapes are reduced to the strongest forms, detail is
erased. You find yourself making powerful drawings!

(Via Urban Sketchers)

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