Urban Sketching http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/ Urban Sketching La Haie (the Hedge) This piece was done in Normandy, France (there are so many beautiful and mysterious old hedges there). It was a 3 hour sketch. The neighbourhood cats kept and eye on me with interest as I painted. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755537 198755537 Le Milieu A sketch of the local art co-op Co-op le Milieu. If you are ever looking for a fun place to spend a creative afternoon with a good coffee this is it!! http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755538 198755538 L'ane et la haie (the donkey and the hedge) Also done in Normandy, France this lovely little donkey lived down the hill from the family home in a field enclosed in a fence with blackberry brambles all over it. A feisty horse lived there with her. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755539 198755539 Montreal as the New Gotham A piece painted downtown from the 9th floor of 460 set Catherine street. This old Gothic style church and the natural cycles of life and death that took place in a crow's nest nestled in amongst it's parapets captured my interest. This work was done a part of a show for culture days. During the time of the painting/show the Charbonneau Inquiry had just come to light and the city seemed more obviously corrupt than usual, hence the Gotham reference in the title. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755540 198755540 Birdling A small dead bird I found and sketched while in Normandy. Sad but immortalized in paint. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755541 198755541 The Westmount Greenhouses A two hour sketch done as a perspective study inside the Westmount Greenhouses here in Montreal. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755542 198755542 Funerary Statue Sketched in the Chinese exhibit one Sunday on an outing to the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts with the Montreal Urban Sketchers. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755543 198755543 The Angel and the frog A statue that once was in a little pond at the Westmount Greenhouses. Myself and my parents sat and sketched this together one afternoon. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755544 198755544 Mygalomorph Spider A sketch of the (stuffed) Mygalomorph at the Biodome's Naturalia section on an outing with the Urban Sketcher's http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755545 198755545 Ludmilla's sketch of me sketching the Mygalomorph! Done by local urban Sketcher Ludmilla. She sketched me while I sketched the much stiller Mygalomorph at the Biodome's Naturalia section on an outing with the Urban Sketcher's http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755546 198755546 The Garden An art journal style page (inspired by a Facebook group dedicated to doing this kind of observational journalling work. I spent one of the last mornings there was full bloom on the magnolia this Spring and did this observed Montage of what was happening in the garden that morning. After having chatted with my sister, who is a biologist, I now better understand that the ants were eating a kind of wax off of the Peonies and that with out them the peonies wouldn't be able to bloom. And know more about the red beetles and the fact that they will actually consume the lilly plant they are on as the season passes. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=198755548 198755548 Montreal Fringe Festival This was a sketch of one of the performer(Natasha nebula) in The Secrets of the Clovis Agentum show at the 2016 Mtl Fringe Fest this Summer. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202304404 202304404 The Redpath Dino This was sketched at the Redpath Museum earlier this summer....again a great sketching spot here in Montreal if you are looking or a fun place to draw. It is a very interesting natural History Museum connected to McGill University. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202304405 202304405 Sketches from the Montreal Biodome Here are a couple of things sketched in the Naturalia section of the Montreal Biodome. I highly recommend sketching here if you are so inclined. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202304406 202304406 Birds nests of Kitchener, ontario These are a couple of birds' nests I sketched while visiting my sister's place in Ontario earlier in the Spring. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=202304407 202304407 Corbae, Montreal, QC This crow was sketched on site at the Nauralia section of the Montreal Biodome. Mixed Media, 2016 http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203544263 203544263 Raccoon, Montreal, QC Another permanent resident of the Montreal Biodome's Naturalia section. This was also done in mixed media on site. 2016. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203544264 203544264 Chateau Pirou, Normandy, France This is a beautiful old castle in France that I had few moments to sketch while travelling this Summer (2016). http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203544433 203544433 The Goat Next Door, Normandy, France This handsome goat didn't really sit still long enough to be drawn but I had a fun time trying to sketch him anyways! Summer 2016, Normandy. http://www.elissabaltzer.com/apps/photos/photo?photoID=203544434 203544434