Urban Sketches: Centennial Park in August

I went on a sketch outing this past Sunday afternoon, and this time I took watercolors and colored pencils with me so I could colorize my ink drawings on the spot. I wasn’t sure how it would go, as I’m not used to using washes or pencils when out sketching, the watercolors are an ancient set, but (sort of) usable, and I’m not using a sketchbook with paper suitable for watercolor. Despite that, I went…And had a pretty good time at it! I also took photos of the sketch and object of my sketching. So below is the first sketch from Sunday.

First, Centennial Park in Beaconsfield, QC. I’ve done a lot of sketching here in the past, and even some using watercolor. It was an over-cast day and looked like it wanted to rain almost all day but held off until the evening.  I think that kept most parks and the usually crowded outdoor places devoid of people, as there were only a few other people in the park. I was feeling particularly impatient drawing, evidenced by not caring to get details accurate (blocks under bench, bench legs right, etc.). I discuss that with myself in my sketchbook notes. I speculate it was due to too much coffee from my late morning breakfast. Four cups, was it…? Then I decided to try and draw the folks at a nearby table setting up for a picnic. I picked a photo that was taken prior to my finishing the page as this photo was the best of the batch. I added the third man (seen in white) as well as leaves on the first guy. And I thought I’d add this photo since I found it humorous. You get’m, Squirrel-Boy! More sketches to come. Stay tuned. : P

5 Responses to Urban Sketches: Centennial Park in August
  1. Jazz
    August 17, 2010 | 10:03 am
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    This is so cool, seeing the sketch and the view at the same time.

    And I can guarantee Squirrel Boy is wondering just how he can manage to nab some of that food…

  2. Doug
    August 17, 2010 | 10:08 am
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    good effort, PJ! and wouldn’t it be great to be able to stick upside down on a tree like a squirrel? It looks so cool…

  3. Paula
    August 17, 2010 | 11:15 am
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    Jazz: Thanks, man. Yeah, I love how the guy’s back is turned away. You can just visualize the cogs in Squirrel-Boy’s brain a crankin’ that maybe he should go for it!

    Doug: I agree!

  4. Susan
    August 17, 2010 | 12:18 pm
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    While at a park I said “Look, at that squirrel running up a tree with a bagel in it’s mouth”. I then looked down to see my bag had been ripped open and a bagel was missing…….:)

  5. paula
    August 17, 2010 | 2:09 pm
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    Susan: Ha ha ha! :D