Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Montreal Botanic Garden

Lion statue at the entrance to the Chinese Garden
While visiting Montreal last month, I spent four days exploring, sketching and photographing the botanic garden. Four days were not enough time.

Tower of the Gathering Clou

One of the rocks inside the tower
One bonsai in the Chinese garden
The Japanese garden
A garden of stone and sand

Some of the most popular attractions at the Japanese garden

Japanese lantern
Part of the perennial garden
Two of the many gardeners working in the perennial garden
Sculpture overlooking the perennial garden 

Part of the color display in the experimental garden

Inside the greenhouse during a summer shower

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Memphis Farmers Market

 Our group met at the Memphis Farmers Market this morning. It's a marvelous place to sketch, with so much color and vibrancy as well as good friends cruising past every so often. I enjoyed sharing a bench with Tom Pellet, our most prolific sketcher. He's always trying new markers and materials and is generous with his excellent advice.
 As a bonus, I took home an excellent lunch of cherry heirloom tomatoes and a mushroom tart.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Quick Sketches at the Checkout Line

Last fall I sketched checkout lines at various grocery stores.  It was an exercise in quick sketching. Except for one store manager, people ignored me.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Finding Coffee in Montreal

View of our park from Margaret's coffee shop

Margaret had her coffee here in the mornings because it had an ATM, healthy snacks and was across the street from the apartment.

On my first day in Montreal, it was Sunday and Margaret's coffee shop was closed. I found the Padaria Portuguesa open.The coffee was good and they spoke French and Portuguese.
So for the next two weeks this is where I had my breakfast of ham & cheese on a fresh baked bun and  chocolate bread. And I got the opportunity to draw the many regulars who had their breakfast here also.

Padaria Portuguesa

view from the bakery

Center of Attention

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Otherlands Chairs

When I arrive at Otherlands before the other customers, I often draw the chairs...

and the tables.