Brick and stone

Here’s the second painting from my afternoon in Old Montreal. I chose this view of the Les Prêtres de Saint-Sulpice (which by the way is Montreal’s oldest building) because I loved the layering of the brick buildings behind it and the late afternoon shadows. Unlike my friend Marc, who can just set himself up and start a painting (something I greatly admire), I have to do a few faster sketches first and calm down a bit before I can launch into something more ambitious. This was painted on Fabriano soft press paper in under two hours because that was the time I had in my parking meter.

Brick and Stone

28 Comments on “Brick and stone”

  1. Jane Hannah says:

    This took you 2 hours? Good to know as after 1/2 hour I tend to think that I have had enough… this means that I have to work on my inner zen self. Incredibly beautiful Shari… you really have a good eye for painting stonework — cannot forget those shadows too 😉


  2. Debra Ganong says:

    This is a very beautiful drawing, Shari. Isn’t it funny how parking meters dictate our decisions?!


  3. Pat says:

    Oooh, the sense of light on these buildings is beautiful!


  4. […] I spent the afternoon painting with Shari in Place des Armes. The square is finally in use again after a massive  re-construction project. […]


  5. Melissa says:

    I can almost smell and feel the May morning air! but the shadows must have changed quite a bit during 90 minutes…how did you decide where to keep them?


  6. Therese says:

    Love it!!!!


  7. therez21 says:

    Love this! the play of light just brings this sketch to life.


  8. John Wright says:

    Wow, you don’t seem to have any problem ‘scaling up’ to a larger sheet from your tiny notebooks ! Although, if I were to quibble, I would judge this a painting, not a sketch.
    The shadows give this great depth Shari.


  9. gary osmond says:

    love the detail.


  10. Marta Fudakowska says:

    Hello Shari!
    Your watercolors are magnificent! I look forward to seeing them each day now that I’ve joined to receive your blog!
    If you ever want to have bright orange poppies for a painting, there are still some standing in our garden both front and back! Let me know and I’ll give you my address.
    From the runner when you were sketching at the yacht club a few days ago….


    • Hi Marta. Thanks for the great offer to paint the poppies. It was very funny to meet you the other day. If I have time to come over I will let you know. Much appreciated.


  11. Ellen says:

    I echo what Marta wrote, I so look forward to getting your watercolors everyday now that I have joined the blog…Thanks so much for sharing, its really inspiring and I hope that you will be doing more workshops


  12. Liz Steel says:

    love all your work but this one has prompted me to comment. Love everything about it!!!! the colours, the values, the white space and the shadow areas….. keep it up!


  13. Rhoda says:

    This is beautiful.


  14. Megan says:

    I love the sense of light!


  15. carpelibrum says:

    I love the feeling of light!


  16. R. Jones says:

    I had never heard of you or seen your watercolours until saturday’s Gazette, May 26. What a pity. Your work is absolutely outstanding! I’m curious as to what you use to draw your initial sketch?


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