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December 9, 2012

Small town

Having to write about a place makes you think about it in a different way. I have always been drawn to sketch in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, on the very western tip of Montreal island, and I have only just realized why. It is a small town at the edge of a metropolis. Unlike other suburbs of the city, here there are clapboard houses, a boardwalk along the water, a view of a smaller island in the distance — more of a New England feel than anything else. And it's a college town too. In the winter students spill out of the bars and restaurants along the main street but in the summer tourists and locals alike take over the lakeside terraces, watching the boats go through the locks on their way to the St. Lawrence Seaway and out to the Great Lakes.


14 comments :

dw said...

This is a really evocative sketch, Shari. It feels very Quebecois, what with the houses so close to the street and the power lines criss-crossing everywhere. You've captured the quality of the light at this time of year very well and I admire your restrained use of the pen.

Lynne the Pencil said...

Beautiful, delicate colour Shari.

Vidyala said...

This is lovely! And completely randomly, I think the house way off in the distance in the middle of your composition might be my mother in law's house! She lives on the little jutting out island across from Ste-Anne, Ile Claude. It would be a funny coincidence if it was!

James Richards said...

Hi Shari! I love these townscape portraits you're capturing.

Sue Anne said...

There ia a lovely little circular dance going on here, with bits of all primary colors on both sides of the street. Excellent depth, including a suggestion of people walking down a hill. It does indeed look like either Maine or Massachusetts. i would like to visit here.

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Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks so much DW. It is very Quebecois.
Thank you Lynne!
Vidyala, that is too funny! It could just be you mother-in-law's house. I was parked in front of the little Marché Richelieu on rue St. Pierre as you go into the village.
Thanks so much Jim. I seem to be doing a lot of these townscapes and I am quite enjoying capturing these little streets.
Thanks Sue Anne. I saw those people walking down the hill and captured them fast!

kane said...

Really great.

memi said...

Lovely sense of quiet and calm.

Bajzek said...

Beautiful!

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks Tommy, Melanie, Eduardo!

VHein said...

Really lovely, Shari--wonderful play of color and mood.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks Virginia!

Aloquin said...

I love this... it is fantastic. Do you make ACEOs at all?