House on Seventh

I have been experimenting with painting first and adding line second, instead of the reverse. It makes me look at the big shapes and as well, it forces me to determine what areas I want to keep light and which areas should be dark. Of course after I draw in some lines I always need to go back to add a second wash in the really dark areas. What I like the best about this method of working is the little offsets that happen because the painting is not that accurate — in this case the parts of the porch roof that don’t quite meet up.

House On Seventh

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8 Comments on “House on Seventh”

  1. Jane Hannah says:

    Hi Shari,

    I totally love it… it seems as though your lines are crisper? Because they are lying on top? I really really like this painting. BTW, I have received the book “Making Colour Sing” that you recommended the other day, and just reading the first 6 pages I have learnt sooo much. Wow! Thank you for that great reference. I love your work Shari ;-)

    • Jane, I am so glad that you ordered that book. I know you will like it because you are always trying out colour mixes and that is just what she does. You are going to have so much fun with it. Let me know what you think.

  2. Mary says:

    That has to be “the village”. i love it…your work is so fresh, pure and honest, amazing :)

  3. Ross C says:

    One of the first questions that I ever asked you was whether you did the line work before or after the painting… you answered by telling me a lot of reasons why doing line work last just didn’t work for you… so, what has happened? I am thinking that next, you will be telling us that you have started using masking fluid. : )

  4. Ruth says:

    Without experimenting nothing would ever be discovered. I champion you Shari
    for continuing to do this, whether with different paper, pencils or pens. This is a great
    sketch and you have given it a slightly different character (to me), than when the
    sketch is done before color applied. Your talent is amazing…keep doing what you do!


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