Passage du Musée

Passage du Musée, Sherbrooke et Mackay

These multi-Gabled houses were a challenge to sketch. I chose to estimate the number of windows represented and concentrated on the effect of the strong lighting upon the facades introducing just a few bits of color here and there.

Ces habitations tout prês du Musée, rue Sherbrooke, m’on servi de défi, côté dessin et complexité. J’ai choisi de rendre l’effet de lumière au lieu de représentation d’exactitude.

Technical considerations: The drawing was done in ink, Prismacolor 03 felt pen, on a sheet of Stratmore 140 pulled from a sampler pad, 11 x 14 in. I hesitated as to what colors were I to add. I even considered to render it in tones of grey since the light against these beige walls was so stark and illuminated. The only real dark areas were the windows, which were basically black and the undercarriage of the cars. There was little mid-tones other than the background wall of the Hall Building (Concordia). However, after laying in grew-blue tones to indicate some shadows I decided that the scene needed color -basically a green/red contrast scheme. This might have been a reaction to painting too much white snow pieces this past winter.

Considérations techinques: Le dessin: stylo feutre Primacolor pointe 03. Papier: Strathmore 140 tiré d’une tablette d’échatillons. Une fois le dessin terminé, j’ai hésité si j’ajouterais de la couleur. J’ai songé de la rendre en tons de gris La facade des bâtiments était d’un beige pâle. Seul les fenêtres étaient d’une tonalité presque noir. Il y avait aussi du foncé sous les autos. Donc, après un lavis pâle pour indiquer quelques ombres portés, j’ai décidé d’ajouter quelques touches de couleur vives: rouge et sa complémentaire, vert. L’ajout est possiblement la réaction à une grande quantité de scènes peintes cette hiver d’un blanc neige!


About Raynald Murphy

Passionate plein air painter and sketcher. Watercolor being my favorite medium I also use various dry media to express myself.
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