lundi 8 octobre 2007


What happens when we as artists transform one work to make another from it? It changes and doesn’t quite look like the original. This is what happened to my on site color sketch of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts after I redid it in the studio on Italia acquerello watercolor paper. When comparing the two watercolors it is up to you to decide if the studio version has lost some of the freshness of the plein air sketch done on my lap on ordinary paper across the seam of an opened drawing book. Is the studio work better because it was done on professional paper?

Much the same has happened to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with its English denomination until the 1960’s when it then took on its French denomination le Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Did you know that our wonderful "Musée" started out as the Art Association of Montreal back in 1860? Check out other interesting facts on the web site at Did you also know that anyone can draw from the Museum’s permanent collection for free anytime during opening hours. Just ask for a folding green chair at the entrance and tell the guard that you would like to go draw from the permanent collection. There are a wealth of sculptures waiting for you to hone your drawing skills from everywhere in both pavilions of the Museum. I have benefited greatly from this exercise.

With the Museum’s recent purchase of the Erskine and American United Church we can expect even more changes to the life of the Museum. A sketch of this church will probably be the subject of a future blog, be on the lookout for it.

For those interested, the sketchbook drawing was colored in with Sennelier watercolor paints (which are available at Art Tec at the corner of Sherbrooke and Bleury) and the more finished painting was worked with Fragonard paints.

Raynald Murphy sca

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