Today the main thoroughfare of Baie-Saint-Paul is closed to vehicular traffic. Thousands of visitors dine on outdoor sushi, sugar pie and onion soup served up in plastic cups. At least a hundred painters operate from homemade paintboxes, massive "tabourets," French easels and "Stanley Mobile Work Centers." Anything goes--oil, watercolour, acrylic. Amateurs rub shoulders with seasoned pros. As it is in life, some know what they're doing, others have lots to learn. Visitors watch the painters and wander in and out of the nearby commercial galleries.

From The Painter's Keys, a fascinating site from the artist Robert Genn. You can get his newsletter here