Urban Quickie Down By the Canal

Truth be told, I’m terrified of watercolours – the non-digital kind. You know, there’s no ‘ctrl z’ to undo my mess ups.  And, I’m pretty sure that somewhere along the way, I made some sort of arbitrary decision that watercolour was just not my thing. That in itself created a kind of barrier. Why, oh WHY do we do these things to ourselves?

I recently got a watercolour travel set and I’m determined to overcome my bothersome fear. After all, I’m a big girl. I can do this.

But I still started on just my regular ol’ sketchbook paper – too timid to use the actual watercolour stuff. Geez Julie, get over yourself!

I am. Slowly, slowly.

I think part of it is time – or a fierce lack thereof. I may find it easier to throw caution to the wind if time weren’t always such a suffocating factor. But, until I can properly schedule my time, baby steps will have to do. Though trust me, making a proper schedule is on my to do list.

I left the kids with my husband today and skitted off to a little section of the Lachine Canal not too far from where we live. It was serene amid the hustle and bustle of the burgeoning burrough of Petite-Bourgogne.

The benefit of starting with my inexpensive sketch paper was the added freedom of not caring if I made a mess of things, which allowed me to speed along with more of a sense of reckless abandon. I love the feeling of sketching quickly. There’s nothing quite like it. When I started adding colour in, I layered it slowly and thought about shape and tonal dynamics. I could have increased the contrast more, but I grew restless and moved on.

Lachine Canal, Vinet, Urban sketching, watercolour, bridge, summer

It’s not that I haven’t ever tried on proper watercolour paper – I’ve just failed miserably at it. I’ll try again – perhaps next time.

Have you been out sketching this summer? Le me know in the comments. Post your links!

More about Julie Prescesky

Julie spends much of her time paying attention to what's happening around her. At Design Inkarnation, she's head designer, illustrator, writer and creative problem solver.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge