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.
Meet the Correspondent: Omar Jaramillo > Berlin$show=/search/label/Omar%20Jaramillo
"I was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where I studied architecture. I moved to Kassel (Germany) in 1999 to accomplish a master degree. Although I have always drawn and paint, it was not until I started studying in the Uni-Kassel, that I started keeping a travel sketchbook. I had a teacher there who used to do a lot of sketches when he travelled on university excursions. When he retired, I helped to organize an exhibition of his sketches. He brought a huge box full of sketchbooks he had filled since he was an architecture student. I spent a whole day selecting the most interesting drawings. It was a wonderful experience that opened my eyes to a new world. In the last 10 years I have the feeling of being in a long journey. I like to discover the cities where I live, to understand why a place is the way it is and what makes it different and unique from others. Drawing is for me a way to learn to love a place, to become part of it. I like to draw architecture but I am more attracted to urban scenery, portraying how people live in the city. Since I’m a foreigner, everything that locals find normal and taken-for-granted, for me is exotic. I always carry a small watercolor travel set from Windsor and Newton and my sketchbook in my bag. I always thought that drawing was a solitary experience until I found Urban Sketchers. It was amazing to find so many people doing the same thing. It is a great place to share!" • Omar's blog. • Omar's art on flickr. • Omar's website.