Being in Québec, we don’t have the same freedom as other Urban Sketchers’ chapters. No painting outside in the winter for us (especially not THIS winter.) The organizers have to be creative and to find indoor places that will allow us to roam and draw stuff. One such place is Musée des Beaux Arts de Montréal.
I was super lucky, I started wandering by myself and ended up in the Napoléon exhibition, and there, at the end, was the room with the round windows, a majestic marble Napoléon bust, and a drawing horse. I snagged the horse and set up.
My first try at Napoléon, I’m a bit rusty at measuring and soon became frustrated with the proportions, especially in the face. I decided that it had played it’s role as a warm up and ditched it.
Bust and sketch
My second try at Napoléon, I concentrated on the face, which is one of my weak points anyways. There is weird stuff going on in there, especially with the lips, but I’m still happy with it. It’s about 7 inches tall (the drawing, not the bust.)
Thumbnails of some pieces in the old masters section. I wanted to capture the values quickly for later reference.
Thumbnail/quickie value study. It’s not very clear, but it helps me figure out what is going on.
I scored these postcards, by Waterhouse and Tissot. Wall space is limited at my place so I often buy postcards, rather than prints.