The end of the ice

With the warm weather today, I thought it might be a good time to try out my new plein air easel (shown below). I went down to the lake hoping to see the ice starting to crack, but with the sudden heat it was almost all gone! I found a bit of it trapped in between the docks at the yacht club but even in the short time that I was painting the mini-icebergs were starting to sink. The easel is one I’ve been coveting for a long time. It’s the Eric Michaels Plein Air Pro, purchased in advance of my workshops out west. It’s light, fits into a carry on/backpack and takes about 8 seconds to set up.



23 Comments on “The end of the ice”

  1. Shari,
    Great watercolor. I love the colors. What a nice set up. I am going to have to take a look at that easel.

  2. Linda Daily says:

    I am happy for you to see the last of the ice. Lovely sketch of it and wonderful easel!
    I will have to look into that sometime. It beats working on your lap that’s for sure!

  3. CharlieAmra says:

    How do you like your new travel easel? I have been thinking about buying one for a long time but am still waffling as to whether I need it.

  4. Lovely colorful sketch. Makes the snow look friendly

  5. Mis Dee says:

    Wow, and it helped you paint another masterpiece!

  6. Chas Spain says:

    I really must toughen up and do some more painting outside seeing you’re painting ice! The painting is delicious – and thanks for showing the clever easel. I have a metal music stand at home which could probably work similarly – will try it out.

    • That music stand would probably be great. And it wasn’t that tough to paint this one outside. It was a really warm day.

      • Chas Spain says:

        Hi Shari I’m sure your idea of really warm is different to mine! I remember coming out of the depths of winter in the UK and thinking how fabulous 5C was! Not sure I could handle that just at the moment but we are heading toward the cold again here.

  7. george smith says:

    At first glance I saw a beautiful abstract watercolor. It has a cubist look about it. At second glance, I saw a really powerful example of how to identify shapes in subject matter and bring them to reality on paper. Now,as I continue to study the painting I see a very nice work of art, a painting that reveals many underlying truths. Thank you for the lesson.

  8. Ross says:

    Beautiful washes…looks so realistic and cold!

  9. Jane Hannah says:

    Oooh! I love this painting and the easel -))) Thanks for the info Shari.

  10. Mary says:

    That’s an incredible watercolour Shari 🙂 First is the strong abstract followed by your amazing
    reflections, depth and colours ! And we all know that your new easel will not produce for us a
    painting of this calibre.

  11. Big like on this one; ice in water is supposed to always be blue and white, as people assume, except when it’s ice melting in urban harbors, then the colors are much grittier, dirtier, and uninviting, and you’ve captured the colors perfectly here.

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