Looking away from La Conner

I think that the last day of a workshop is when everything you have learned should start to come together. My students did not disappoint! Today I tried an exercise for the first time. We drew the town of La Conner from a park across the channel in the Swinomish Indian Reserve. And then we turned away from the scene to paint it. We weren’t allowed to look back at the scene (well maybe we each cheated once!) and the results were outstanding. It’s amazing but true —when you’re not looking at the scene it’s very hard to overwork your sketch. If the exercise works as predicted you are focused on good shapes and a great value plan. I think it helped that we had some good shade under the cedar hat shelters of the Swinomish park.

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One Comment on “Looking away from La Conner”

  1. Lee Kline says:

    THIS is a beautiful journal spread, Shari. I learn so much from looking at your work. Thanks.


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