In full sun

This red building in Rockport — Motif No. 1 — is supposedly the most painted building in America. If you Google it, you’ll be amazed at how many renditions of it you can find. For that reason, it always has to be in at least one sketch while I’m in Rockport. I found a bench facing the harbour and sketched this in the blazing sun, which is not something I make a habit of. Usually I find some shade or bring an umbrella because if I’m in the sun I can’t see the colours on my palette and the white of my paper is blinding. But I liked the spot where I was sitting and painted it anyway which resulted in some super saturated colour.


15 Comments on “In full sun”

  1. Janice Kelly says:

    This is wonderful. So Rockport. The essence of a seaside.


  2. Garry Hamilton says:

    I love the confidence in the way this is put down so directly. I will be taking 2 workshops in Maine this summer. Looking forward to it.

    Sent from my iPad



  3. Ineke van den Berg says:

    What a fabulous piece * if it is one of the most painted buildings yours most surely ranks near the top.


  4. Doug says:

    Super painting Shari.


  5. Gabriella says:

    I first saw this post on my phone and the reflection in the water was amazing. This is beautiful!


  6. Alison says:

    I’m enjoying the animated quality of your pen line on these last two sketches. The intense colour is terrific.


  7. Arnoldxyz says:

    marvelous, just marvelous


  8. Joan says:



  9. AM Welsh says:

    I am going to have to pay more attention next time I am in Rockport! Very nice sketch.


  10. Miú says:

    Wow, superb! Those reflections on the water are quite something, Shari.


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