Corner of the yacht club

The problem with working in a big sketchbook is that sometimes you can get overly ambitious. My original intention was to paint a one-page sketch of the sunlight crossing the boats on the right in front of the building, but then I noticed the wave movement of the trees and my sketch just kept going and going, right across the page towards the left, until I ended up with a double-page spread that is 17″ across. After it was done I realized that this might also work well as a painting, so I may go back there on a nice morning when the light is like today and paint it on a quarter sheet of good watercolour paper. Or I may do  this in studio like I did with the Lobster Pool a few days ago.


10 Comments on “Corner of the yacht club”

  1. Robert Farrell says:

    I admire the fact that you sketch every day. You are truly an inspiration.


  2. liz bundle says:

    This is truly nice (hate that word but I can’t keep saying great) -.the shadowing on the upturned hulls subtle in front of that great block of color…that works so well with colors of oars on wall, window frame and boat hulls the same – then sneaking to the left and just between the trees that long view out to a muddle of masts and sails – that blue so bold! Yes I do like this very much – such a happy happenstance of straight lines, things, several scenes, and then the flowing trees.


  3. Les says:

    Good piece Shari. The center of interest for me is that light on the hulls.


  4. Alison says:

    Wonderful capture of the play of light and shadow. Though I have to confess at first glance I thought I saw snow on the ground. Must be the effects of that very long winter! I’m glad you kept going across the page. The trees are great. Thanks for another beautiful and instructive sketch.


  5. Donna says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only plein air watercolor artist that can’t keep it simple. I have to keep asking myself what caught my eye and stick with it or it’s more like work. I love the movement in the trees and I’m glad you included them. The boat hulls are striking.


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