The barn in town

In the town of Alexandria there are many older buildings, including the occasional barn still standing from the early days of agriculture by Scots immigrants. Our local Glengarry Sketchers group met up at the site of one of them today.

It was chilly and overcast when I started this sketch.

Then the blue skies and sun gradually appeared to produce some shadow on the barn. (I’m still searching for the right colour for barn wood, this one got a bit overworked).

Zealous Zinnias

I grew zinnias from seed this year so I’d have flowers for cutting all summer. They have grown very well, and, once cut, last a long time in the vase.

Mary Todd in bloom and wild berries

This day lily is one of my favourites – I love it’s robust, intense blooms. Painting yellow flowers is tricky, requiring grey for the shadows and faith that it will look right when dry, which is a challenge for me. Practice will help. Fortunately this beauty will keep blooming for a few more weeks.

I found some wild blackberries growing in among the wild lilacs.

Slow and fast

Our local sketching group headed to the Glengarry Pioneer Museum last Saturday. I brought an older sketchbook with me in which I had left one blank double-page spread. I easily found a view to fill it. I took my time with the drawing and elected not to go over it with pen, but just to start painting. It took awhile, including a pause to consult Working with Colour by Shari Blaukopf for a good mix for darks. The Sap Green + Carbazole Violet combo was a revelation!

I had hoped to get two sketches done that morning, so, with only a bit of time left I elected to do a quick sketch, drawn directly with pen and then some watercolour.

Here are the results of a slow and of a fast approach.

Past and present

I volunteer on the garden team at the Glengarry Pioneer Museum. After weeding this week I found a shady spot to sit and sketch one of the collection of historic buildings at this picturesque local museum. It was cleaning day. The modern turquoise vacuum cleaner by the door was a humorous juxtaposition. And the power lines beyond were another reminder that Pioneer days are long gone.

The Last of Red Charm

Red Charm is usually the first peony to bloom. Mine produced 7 gigantic blooms this year (it was only a wee baby plant 3 years ago). I cut one to have inside. It was stunning. But equally beautiful to me is the fading bloom and fallen petals.