I feel a bit like a bear coming out of hibernation. Painting in my car all winter has left my drawing skills rigid and lifeless. Probably because of the cramped conditions in my car studio. No place to move my arm. So today I shook things up a bit while sketching Saint Basil the Great Church in Lachine. I leaned against my car instead of sitting in it. Used a Lamy pen instead of a pencil and did line first instead of wash. For me the drawing line is more expressive when I am standing. Perhaps not as precise but maybe more energetic. Plus if you are sitting in the car you miss the comments of people walking by, like the man who told me “ça irait bien mieux avec un camera!” (translation: it would be a lot better with a camera!”)
On the flag: Johannesburg sketcher Cathy Gatland sketching outside Kippies Jazz Club in Newtown.
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