Heading to Montreal: Sketchmeet on Sat 5 August

July 14, 2017 | 13 Comments


Just a quick post today to let you all know that after the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago, I am heading to Montreal for a few days. I am also excited that Anne-Laure Jacquart of France will also be in Montreal at the same time, making it a true symposium after-party.

I adore the paintings of two amazing artists (and great friends) from Montreal, Marc Taro Holmes and Shari Blaukopf, so it’s a dream come true to visit them hometown and hang out with them.

I am very pleased to announce that Marc has kindly organised a sketchmeet on Saturday 5 August… so if you are in the area, I would love to have you join. Details below.

Guest Artists in Montreal: Come Sketch with Liz Steel and Anne-Laure Jacquart

We’re hosting an informal public drawing day on Saturday August 5th at 10:30am, meeting at Place Jacques Cartier.

We’ll draw in the square till 12:30pm, then meet again after lunch at 2:00pm somewhere on the rue Quai de l’Horlage.

We’re easy to find – just look for the people with sketchbooks and drawing boards! There won’t be any formal instruction, just drawing together.

But you’re welcome to come draw with us, ask questions, and show your own sketchbooks.

Hope to see you on the 5th!



  • Diane - July 14, 2017 reply

    Wow Liz this is great news ! I will certainly be there. Would not miss the opportunity to meet you in person. Have a great symposium !

  • Francois Joly - July 14, 2017 reply

    hello Liz, what a coincidence as I was thinking this week of sending you an email and asking if you had ever been to Montreal (Where I'm originally from)... I think Montreal has a lot to offer in terms of potential sketches. There's of course the old Montreal (some will find it a bit too much "Cliché") which is one of the oldest parts of North America. I hope you can spend some time discovering "rue St-Denis" where there's an abundance of cafés, bars, and local stores; the architectural significance of rue St-Denis deserves attention. Rue Sherbrooke on the west part of the city comprises of stone built buildings that are magnificent. If you could spend time around McGill University, up McGill Avenue corner of Sherbrooke street, it's also worth your attention! Hope you will enjoy your stay in Montreal! Francois

  • Mary Evelyn Hoffman - July 15, 2017 reply

    I'm presently taking your Foundations course and live a good 6 hours by car from Montreal...and VERY interested in coming for this time. Am looking for a traveling companion from central NY state...

    • Liz Steel - July 15, 2017 reply

      oh ah! Mary Evelyn - that would be amazing!!!

    • Mary Evelyn Hoffman - July 15, 2017 reply

      It WOULD be amazing! I'm a lefty too so you could keep on sketching and we could shake hands with our right hands! When I dug up my passport and it hadn't expired, good until the 11th, my spark of determination was fanned!

  • Rita Stalder - July 15, 2017 reply

    Now, that I would have a chance to meet you in person, I am out of town. I will only be back in Québec on the 9th. If ever you are still in the province of Québec, it would be a pleasure to incite you and your friend here in Québec City.

  • Bob Cochran - July 17, 2017 reply

    From my home state of Maryland, Montreal is 625 miles more or less. Such a trip can be done by bicycle. That is about 7 days travel time. The trip would take careful planning and fitness training on my part. I visited Montreal in 1996. Bicycling there would be fun. At one time there was a Boston-Montreal-Boston randonneuring event. If you go there in 2018 and let me know several months in advance, I will consider training for such a ride.

  • Michelle - July 19, 2017 reply

    Ooh, that is a tempting drive up from Boston! Thanks for letting us know, Liz. I will look into coming.

  • Sue Bone - August 3, 2017 reply

    Hi Liz, I'm flying up from Nova Scotia for the day, just to meet all you talented coconuts! Right now it looks like 90% Rainstorms. Any alternate inside meet up place? Will taxi or car rental to find you...!! Look forward to seeing you outside my iPad screen...yayeee! Sue Bone

    • Liz Steel - August 3, 2017 reply

      Wow. Sue - that is a super effort. Are you on Facebook. Best to send me a message when you arrive if it's raining.

    • Bettina de Cosnac - August 3, 2017 reply

      Dear Liz, I really enjoy reading you lively blog, your news, looking at your sketches. Good news to see you on Chicago-TV. Excellent! Bravo. I bought your book last year and subscribed for a course. So I'm looking forward sketching live and in situ with you. Montréal is too far to get an improvised ticket. Please let me know when You come to France to sketch Paris, it's surroundings or somewhere else. Are you heading to England or Ireland during the next months? Or where else could we join - besides the Palladian Odyssee? Bettina

  • [email protected] - September 17, 2017 reply

    Liz what solution do you use for cleaning your pens??

    • Liz Steel - September 18, 2017 reply

      The goulet pen flush.

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