The second part of Jane LaFazio’s watercolor sketching class was in Quebec City, Canada. After a cool, wet spring, the weather warmed up the week we arrived. The tulips were in full bloom around the Chateau Frontenac and City Hall, but as the temperature rose to 85 degrees, the petals were dropping even as Jane conducted a lesson in flower painting.
The city had beautiful old buildings with flower boxes on many of the windows. I did these sketches quickly in pencil and added watercolor later when I had a few spare minutes.
One afternoon, we enjoyed a boat tour on the St Lawrence River on the Louis Jolliet, named for the French explorer and cartographer.
On our last day together, we had a tour of Île d’Orleans, and island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River, a short drive from Quebec City, known as the “garden of Quebec”. The island has a warm microclimate and is know for its produce including strawberries, apples, wines, and maple syrup.