15 October 2014

Need a muse? Join my Oct. 23 workshop at the Musée de la civilisation!

Sketch mythology at the Musée de la civilisation!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23 @ 5:30 PM en français (cliquez ici pour d'infos en français)
Inspired by the mythological cabinets of curiosities of the Muses’ Workshop, participants in this workshop will sketch from life (observational drawing).
In the style of a travel journal (carnet de voyage), I will teach you how to record your observations using a combination of sketches and notes.
Whether you are a novice or a well-seasoned artist, a mythology buff or a curious newcomer, the techniques introduced during this soirée offers a strong foundation for those interested in developing urban sketching and journal-keeping habits. Participants will receive a sketchbook and sketching materials will be provided.
REGISTER BY CALLING: 418 643-2158 (the Musée de la civilisation’s registration line).
COST: $8/ $5 for members & students

12 October 2014

Sketchbook snapshot: A colorful season

What is it that drags vibrant leaves - those emblems of autumn - to the soil, and how is it that they turn such glowing colors while the summer sun fades?

These are the questions I explored in a recent Drawn to Quebec column, in anticipation of the upcoming color show. Now, we're in haut saison and daylight appears to be filtered through thousands of exquisite stained-glass window panes.

12 September 2014

Sketchbook Snapshot: Squirrely Notions

There comes a time of year when squirrels cease to strike gardeners as adorable wildlife, and increasingly seem like insatiable pests.

This week's column was inspired by a couple of recent (somewhat) amusing run-ins with squirrels on my balcony. As I dug into the natural history of Quebec's squirrels, I discovered there is a complex conservation story therein, as seems to be the case with nearly every urban wildlife or ecology topic we've explored with Drawn to Quebec.

In the case of squirrels, it turns out the gregarious grey squirrel (which can be black, grey, and even reddish brown) and humans may be inadvertently cooperating to displace the much more reclusive native eastern red pine squirrel. 

Of course, there are always humans with (innovative) ideas that hark back to yesteryear. Perhaps the most fun I had doing my research for this week's column was while reading  a number of articles by people advocating for hunting and eating urban squirrels.

Let us know in the comments if you've ever tasted squirrel!