April 25, 2014

Exporting Winter

14Feb09_Snow Angels_Sketch Swap_Pines

A few weeks back I was part of an Urban Sketchers art exchange. I had partners in Girona and in Sao Paulo. There were other swaps with NYC. All told, about 40 artists participated.

We each did sketches of our towns and sent them off to our partners. The drawings were meant to arrive as a surprise, so I've been waiting til is was safe to show these.

14Feb09_Snow Angels_Sketch Swap_Bronze

I'd been fed up with the cold and wet of winter, and was feeling envious of these guys in sunny countries. Somehow that meant I really had to paint some snow. They had to see something that could only be found in Montreal. Perhaps there's a little northern pride going on.

We were lucky enough to get the last snow of the year that very weekend. I got up early and headed straight to Mount Royal Cemetery to get these scenes.  It was a perfect day for it - cold but clear skies, the way it can be the morning after a snowfall.

I have to admit I'm playing a little trick on them. Making winter look a lot more attractive than it really is. Much better to have a picture of snow, than the real thing.


Sosukeinu said...


patmosphere said...

I've signed in-just shows how rusty I've got!

Can't wait to try painting some snow scenes after seeing these beautiful images!

kumi matsukawa said...


Cathy Gatland said...

So wintry and so beautiful - how you paint in that cold I don't know but glad you did!

VHein said...

Lovely sketches, Marc--wonderful mood.

Maike Bohlen said...

Very epic. I studied them several times now and they look so classical, the muted colours, the way they are painted, all together suits the theme so well. And the colours, though muted, glow. Great!

Asuka Kagawa said...