Revisiting the tree

I sketched this very same tree about this time last year. Like my wheelbarrow, the pots in my yard, the steeple in Pointe Claire, I guess this is one of the subjects I will return to often. Painted in a Moleskine sketchbook with a big flat brush and lots of Azo Yellow!



21 Comments on “Revisiting the tree”

  1. Vicky Porter says:

    I remember this tree! I studied it last year and again this year…the same way I study your skies, water reflections and more. Sometime, I hope to study directly from you, but in the meantime, I will keep referring to your gorgeous paintings. Thank you!


  2. Carola says:

    An explotion on energy, light and color! A tree as brilliant as a star.


  3. Carola says:

    Correction, I meant to say explosion of energy…sorry


  4. Holly Nolting says:

    Which came first- the yellow or the branches? Love this.


    • I painted it like this: a big wash of yellow for the tree, then a darker yellow for the parts where you can see through the branches, then the branches and trunk, then the background and the shadows.


  5. luaydpk says:

    O that yellow tree, very beautiful!


  6. Alison says:

    One of the things I love about this painting is the explosive feeling, like a fireworks going off. Because that is just what some of these trees look like. The tree colours, in just a certain light, dazzles the eyes and leaves one spellbound. Beautifully captured Shari.


  7. Ross says:

    I like it… you make foliage look too easy!
    There are some similarities with the wheelbarrow… I don’t think the tree moves either. : )
    But if you are going to compete with the wheelbarrow, you will really need to do a winter painting… that would be really interesting… does that mean that you will need to sit in the snow?


    • You know the wheelbarrow moves all the time but I carefully place it back in the same spot before I draw.
      I would love to paint this tree in the winter but I was sitting in my car to do this and I will do the same in the winter. You have probably not sat in any snow but it is not that comfortable! : )


  8. Fantastic, I love the contrast of the warm yellow and orange leaves on the tree with the cool green tree background 🙂


  9. axelledesign says:

    Beautiful colors! thank you for telling us the different painting steps!


  10. Monique says:

    Wow..the tree must be so happy with this portarit.


  11. Lee Kline says:

    Such a beauty.


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