Île d’Orléans, Quebec

Ellen and I celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary on beautiful Île d’Orléans situated in the St. Lawrence River near Quebec City. On the island there are six farming communities. They produce everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to wonderful preserves, wines and hand crafted items. We spent six days on the island with one day in Quebec City and explored all of the individual farming communities, visiting wineries, craft shops and art galleries. Delicious meals at the island’s excellent restaurants were also very much enjoyed.

Farming and food production along with tourism are the main occupations on the island.

The last “urban sketches” I posted were done back in June of this year. I had hoped to do more in the intervening time but have been preoccupied with my iPad and Procreate app as well as life drawing. I finally had a good opportunity and the motivation to do some sketching while we were on Île d’Orléans.

pen & ink and watercolor sketch of farm fields on Île d’Orléans
pen & ink with watercolor sketch of an interesting shed on the island

Author: Jeff Gold

I'm a retired musician (oboist) now living in Vermont and exploring various avenues of art, urban sketching, life drawing, block printing and digital abstractions.

10 thoughts on “Île d’Orléans, Quebec”

    1. Thanks for the congrats! It’s been a wonderful journey together. Yes, the island is a beautiful place and historically important as well. It is the first settled area in Canada by the French in the 17th century. The fields and villages are beautiful and they are living, working communities so there is a vitality to visiting them. Thanks for writing, as always.


    1. Thanks, Donna. Glad you like them. It’s a beautiful place and having been there several times, it was still very interesting and varied. Except for one day, the weather cooperated as well. Thanks for writing.


    1. Thanks, Shari. I have definitely been remiss in doing urban sketching this year but it felt good to finally have a chance to do some. It seems that I’m most motivated to do sketching when we travel. In the meantime, I’ve really been enjoying the Procreate abstracts. It’s a whole new creative world for me. Glad you like the sketches…makes my day!

      I assume that you are still in Italy. Thanks so much for taking time to write!


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