[By Marc Taro Holmes in Montreal, CA] Hey everyone! I wanted to point to an article of mine about winter sketching: Drawing Inside, Looking Out.
It's up on my publisher's blog as of this morning - AND - they're running a contest!
If you're a US citizen - all you have to do is post a comment on their blog and you'll be entered to win a package of art supplies. (I don't know what - probably donated product samples) - as well as a copy of The Urban Sketcher. Which all of you have already I am sure, but will make an excellent gift to a friend, or donation to your local library.
The idea of the article is to collect your secret spots where you can stand inside, and draw looking out.
Like this view from the third story lobby at the Hotel Bonaventure, overlooking Place du Canda. (Link to Map). I found this spot by accident while attending a conference, and have been back to draw it a couple of times. They have another spot - a glassed in faux-Japanese garden - so you get two for one here. Plus the hotel bar if you are so inclined.
Or this fun one from the Montreal Science Center (Link to Map). You can stay as long as you like in the giant lobby without paying to get into the exhibition. Use their huge windows to sketch the old port in all directions, even sketch from the museum cafe.
This little church is hidden in a courtyard behind the Palais des Congrès de Montreal, seen from the ground floor lobby, facing Rue de la Gauchetière. (Link to Map). You can get there from the metro without even going outside :)
If we all post with our city and our favorite 'secret winter drawing spots' everyone benefits :) They can even be used in warmer weather on a rainy day.
At the end of the month I'll summarize the list for everyone to use. Feel free to include a link to your own sketch if you like. You'll be helping out everyone as we hunt for good places to sketch this winter.