Playa Ballena

Now that I am back in Montreal and have some time to scan my sketches, it’s interesting to compare the first sketch I did on the beach (bottom) with this one I did near the end of my stay. My friend Jane always refers to it as “getting the colour in your eyes” and I know what she means. I had a hard time adjusting to the reds in Utah this past summer and the same is true of Costa Rica. When you go from an environment that is very desaturated (Montreal in winter) to a place where the volume is turned up on all the colours, it takes some time to get the paint right on the brush. Playa Ballena, below, was sketched at the end of the day, just before sunset, when the light was very sharp and the shadows very contrasty on the distant trees.



3 Comments on “Playa Ballena”

  1. Jane Hannah says:

    Yeah Shari — welcome back to Montreal and you are right, it takes time adjusting our eyes to a new environment –)))


  2. I like your friend’s term “getting the colour in your eyes” and enjoyed seeing the contrast in your paintings once you had got the colour in your eyes! Beautiful work!


  3. Richard says:

    Je crois comprendre (mais n’en suis pas sûr du tout) que vous avez peint les feuillus avec une première couche de mouillé sur mouillé où le ton pâle et moyen se mélangent et ensuite une couche (ou deux) superposée de ton foncé en négatif pour l’ombre. Est-ce à peu près cela ? En tout cas, votre propos est clair et bien illustré sur la question des couleurs. Merci de cette leçon.


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