À Piknic Électronik // At Piknic Electronik

Une des joies nombreuses de l’été à Montréal, c’est le festival fabuleux Piknic Électronik! Le temps faisait beau ce jour-là, et il y avait une gamme incroyable des styles dans la foule. L’été se passe tellement trop vite, et je suis heureuse d’avoir été là.

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One of the many joys of summer in Montréal is the the fabulous festival Piknic Electronik! The weather was beautiful that day, and there was an incredible range of styles in the crowd…summer goes by way too fast, and I am glad I made it out there.

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Robe violette au Tam-Tam // Purple dress at Tam-Tam

Au « Tam-Tam » à Montréal dimanche dernier, le beau temps a attiré beaucoup de monde. Pour ceux qui ne connaissent pas le Tam-Tam de Montréal, c’est un festival tous les dimanches de mai au septembre près du monument George-Étienne Cartier au parc du Mont-Royal où des musiciens se rassemblent afin de faire de la musique ensemble. C’est une vraie fête de la danse par les spectateurs aussi! J’ai vu cette femme en dansant sur la pelouse.
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At the Montréal Tam-Tam last Sunday, the beautiful weather attracted a huge crowd. For those who aren’t familiar with the Montréal Tam-Tam, it’s a festival every Sunday from May to September that takes place near the George-Etienne Cartier monument in Mount Royal park, where musicians gather to play music together. It’s a true dance party for the spectators as well! I noticed this woman dancing on the grass.

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F1 Montréal // F1 Montreal

Dernier vendredi soir, le centre-ville était plein du monde à cause des festivités de F1. J’ai remarqué cette robe psychédélique, portée par une participante.

Last Friday night the streets of downtown were packed because of the F1 festivities. I noticed this psychedelic dress on one of the partyers.

 

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L’été au parc La Fontaine // Summer in Parc La Fontaine

La saison de pique-nique a commencé! J’ai remarqué cette chemise aux couleurs vives à un des plusieurs fêtes au parc La Fontaine la semaine dernière.

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Picnic season has begun! I noticed this brightly coloured shirt at one of the many gatherings at Parc La Fontaine last week.

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Alberta, partie 3 //Alberta, part 3

Voici deux derniers dessins de mon voyage en Alberta en mai. En faisant la promenade Tunnel Mountain, j’étais étonnée, comme toujours, par les sommets enneigés et majestueux des montagnes environnantes.

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Here are two last drawings from my trip to Alberta in May.  While climbing the Tunnel Mountain trail, I was astonished, as always, by the snowy, majestic peaks of the surrounding mountains.

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Later in the trip, a detail from the Johnstone Canyon Trail.

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La semaine dernière en Alberta (Partie 1) // Last week in Alberta (Part 1)

Je suis allée en Alberta (d’où j’ai déménagé il y a 5 ans) la semaine dernière pour voir la famille et les montagnes Rocheuses! Voici quelques dessins de mon voyage…

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I went to Alberta last week (from where I moved, 5 years ago) to visit family and the Rocky Mountains! Here are a few drawings from my trip…

Sur la terrasse // On the deck

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Dans le jardin // In the garden

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Nature morte avec les plumes de paon // Still life with peacock feathers

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Mon magasin d’art préféré a eu sa grande vente annuelle pendant que j’étais à Edmonton! J’ai acheté une boite de Derwent Inktense Crayons à encre soluble dans l’eau, et une boite de Faber-Castell Crayons de couleur aquarellables. Ma première expérience avec mes outils nouveaux, en dessous..

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My favourite art store had its big annual sale while I was in Edmonton! I bought a box of Derwent Inktense Crayons (water-soluble Ink pencils) as well as a box of Faber-Castell watercolour pencils. My first experiment with my new tools, below…

peacock_feathers005À suivre… // To be continued..

 

 

 

Australian Sketch Exchange – Part Two!

I am excited to report that I have now received my sketch  (two sketches in fact!) from the Australian Sketch Exchange! I was traveling in Alberta all of last week, so I don’t know exactly when these beauties landed in my mailbox in Montréal. But what a nice surprise to come home to! Two wonderful drawings of Shelly Beach by Chantal, one of the participants in the Expressive Urban Sketching workshop. Chantal knew that I had spent an afternoon swimming and snorkeling at Shelly Beach and thoughtfully chose this location as her sketch subject. I didn’t try the Ocean Bath this time (I was anxious to go see the fish!) but I will next time I’m there. Thanks for the beautiful artwork and the nice memories Chantal!

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Australian Sketch Exchange

I have recently taken part in an anonymous Sketch Exchange with the other participants from the Expressive Urban Sketching workshop that I took in Sydney, Australia back in March. What is an anonymous Sketch Exchange, you ask? Each participant receives only the address of someone else in the group (selected at random by the organizer), but NOT that person’s name , creates a sketch for that person, then sends the original work to that person. In this case, the subject matter must be something that is found within 15 minutes of the artist’s home. Everyone ends up with a unique treasure – an original work – from another Urban Sketcher that depicts their surroundings.

For my image, I chose an area on the road that runs over the iconic Mount Royal in the middle of Montréal. If I’m running, I take the trails on the mountain itself that go to its summit, but on days when I feel like wandering, the bus that travels over the mountain runs between two beautiful rock faces on its way up. It’s great to see this natural beauty only a few minutes away from my home.

I can’t wait to see who will get my sketch and whose I will receive! Many thanks to Angela from the workshop for organizing the exchange. I hope that there will be others!

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