Poor Woman’s Paris- 9 Quebec is NOT a “Poor Woman’s Paris”

Poor Woman’s Paris- 9 Quebec is NOT a “Poor Woman’s Paris”

Originally, I thought Quebec City would be a less expensive and easier trip than going to France- a poor woman’s Paris.  Quebec City did have many of the things I loved in France- Quebecois speak French, the historic district has beautiful old world architecture and interesting restaurants, the landscape is dramatic, and there’s lots of […]

Poor Woman’s Paris 8- People and Motion

Poor Woman’s Paris 8- People and Motion

Moody urban architectural sketches without human or animal figures can be very intriguing, but they express an abandoned, eerie post-apocalyptic feel to me. I like to include figures to express the energy, liveliness, beauty, and sometimes humor, of the people I see.  The officer in ‘Felonious Parking’ looked like he was ready to draw his gun on that […]

Poor Woman’s Paris 7: Adding Color to Urban Sketches

Poor Woman’s Paris 7: Adding Color to Urban Sketches

My watercolor learning goal was to find a look I liked, abstract a few basic principles, and just do it.  Watercolor has a reputation among oil painters of being difficult, with a mind of its own… Pen and ink with watercolor actually helps beginners like me- the ink drawing provides structure for application of the […]

Poor Woman’s Paris 6: Ink Drawings

Poor Woman’s Paris 6: Ink Drawings

Before my trip to Quebec City, my poor woman’s Paris, I wanted to get a marginal handle on ink drawing. Many urban sketchers use their ink drawing for much more than a scaffold for watercolor. Ink drawings alone can shine with beautiful varied strokes and accents.  Exquisite drawing as done by some urban sketchers was […]

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