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July 2, 2011

Not quite Canada Day at St. Joseph's Oratory


Our actual Canada day (July 1) was grim and grey - which is perhaps suitable to our temperament. So I saved up a painting trip for today instead. I don't know why everyone says Canadians are so friendly. I find us to be a rather pragmatic lot most of the time. BUT - I digress.

Here's a watercolor of St Joseph's Oratory. This white marble edifice is imperiously situated at the top of a steep climb up the north west shoulder of our mountain. After those steps you feel suitably penitent when you arrive for mass. They have a special wooden staircase for those who prefer the traditional method of climbing on hands and knees. I saw at least one visitor availing themselves of this orthodox route.


The huge dome on the cathedral is said to be the third largest in the world. But sadly - the interior is quite restrained, (done in a 1960's flavor of modernism) and does not grant you an uplifting view of the inside of the lofty dome. It seemed oddly understated compared to the baroque grandeur of some of Montreal's other cathedrals. Perhaps the place is so large I was actually on the wrong floor? Not sure. But for today, my best view was certainly the magnificant approach to the cathedral. Looking up at it from the entrance, hundreds of yards below - it's quite an edifice.

14 comments :

James Clayton said...

Your watercolours are always so wonderful and so to see the video process is a true pleasure. :)

Beautiful as always! :)

kumi matsukawa said...

Gorgeous! Love the video too.

memi said...

Very beautiful!

mzsketchusa said...

Hi Marc
Your perspective in this painting really emphasizes the grandeur of the building. Thanks for sharing the video of your painting process--noticed that the shadows of the tree that you were sitting under intensified with time--you make it all look so easy, but the tree shadows captured the time it took to achieve your wonderful painting.

marctaro said...

yes! I didn't keep exact track - but I think I was there around three hours.

I take my time with the drawing - that's really the fun part :) After that it's enhancing with color.

I wait a bit between washes - so they're dry before I touch them again. Taking the time-lapse photos slowed me down a bit too. Had to wait between 'sessions' for the camera to save frames. (I'm using an iphone and a software intervalometer ap called GorillaCam).

I suppose 3 hours is a little long for an 'sketch' - I could do it faster and still capture the feeling - but sometimes I get absorbed getting the drawing right.

This one is actually fairly accurate proportionally. Thanks to some measuring tricks I picked up recently.

Charlie said...

As always, awesome, you just motivate me!

gabi campanario said...

it's really cool to see your process in the video!

VHein said...

Beautiful, Marc! Your bravura drawing and watercolor washes certainly fit this elegant building, and wonderful to see your working process!

Arty Velarde said...

beautiful painting and cool video too! thanks

Kate (Cathy Johnson) said...

Gorgeous as always, Marc...SO fresh.

Suzanne said...

It is a real delight to both see the final result and then the video of its making. Thank you for sharing. A wonderful watercolor of a rather solemn building, or so I thought before I saw it with your eyes and colors. Thanks again.

Dzhony_df said...

like!

Stephen Gardner said...

Great painting, great video, thanks for sharing your process.

omar said...

wow! I was fascinating watching you painting in th evideo, great painting!