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Climbing Mont Royal
Watercolour, crayon and CP
©2015 Charlene Brown
My South African artist friend, Cathy Gatland, told me about a call for on-line entries for an exhibition ‘Draw me a mountain/Dessine-moi une montagne’ a show of sketches created on-or-of Mont Royal in Montreal.
In my reply to her email, I mentioned that I loved the ‘splash-sketch-paint’ method she had used to draw people on a street lined with jacarandas, in the book People and Motion.
I added that I’d been trying to think of another subject that would be as well-suited to this lovely technique, given we have so few jacarandas here in Canada. Much later, I put the two thoughts together and it occurred to me that some pictures I took on the steps leading to the plateau on Mont Royal were perfect for a splash-sketch-painting.
I won’t be entering ‘Climbing Mont Royal’ in the show because it doesn't really fit the plein air/urban sketching theme of the exhibition. Not only is it based on those photos which were taken 30 years ago when my daughter was at McGill at the base of the mountain, but I added some buildings that weren't even built then.