Blue Monday

Blue Monday. The third Monday in January. Supposedly the most depressing day of the year. I assumed the concept was concocted to give radio announcers something to talk about, but Wikipedia says it originates from a press release put out by a travel company back in 2005. None of this has any connection to my day though, except that it gave me an idea for colour in my sketch. Painted on a snowy Monday in Montreal, in a Fabriano watercolour sketchbook, mostly with Cobalt Teal, Verditer Blue and Indigo.


30 Comments on “Blue Monday”

  1. Alex Bodnar says:

    Lovely piece Shari! May I ask you a simple question based on your extensive expertise? What do you find to be the fundamental difference (property-wise) between Verditer Blue and Cobalt Blue? I recently discovered a whole watercolor pan of a mysterious blue (not labeled of course). After conducting test swatches with various paint tubes I owned I narrowed it down to Verditer Blue and Cobalt Blue. To make matters worse I had three Cobalts (Holbein, W & N, and Daniel Smith)! To my untrained eye Verditer Blue and Cobalt Blue looked the same! What are your thoughts?


    • Hi Alex. I had to do a little research to answer your question, and I still don’t have a clear response for you because it all depends on the brand of paint you have. My version of Verditer Blue is kind of sky blue but a little more mauve. My version of Cobalt blue is much cooler and deeper. They are not at all similar.
      When I have questions about colour I always consult Jane Blundell’s site. She has painted samples of most watercolours (including different brands of each colour) and she is so knowledgeable. I looked at the page where she has painted blue samples and I can see that there are so many versions of Cobalt blue, including some that look like my version of Verditer Blue. So I can see why you might be confused. Have a look at here site and see if that helps. I bet it will:


  2. kns says:

    Love the colour of Blue Monday, Shari


  3. Susan says:

    Ah, the wheelbarrow… and the tree… sans fence!


  4. This is so beautiful. Making winter wonderful…..thanks, Shari!


  5. Dee says:

    Any color is fine for my wheelbarrow….my favorite subject by you!


  6. Shari, I love how you turn random little tit bits of information into something to inspire a sketch and keep it fresh!


  7. andre savard. says:

    The famous wheel barel!!!!!! no mather how many times you do it, weather its in blue or any collor its stil a nice and interesting subject.
    The sun will saine before the weekend.


  8. Andy says:

    Shari, thank you for keeping the online journal of your everyday’s art!
    I love it and wait every morning to see another post with a sketch. You really have an artist’s eye!


  9. anne farmer says:

    Lovely – and I do adore a wheelbarrow in a picture! And your trademark loopy cables…


  10. Eric says:

    Thank you for your inspiration!


  11. TonyU says:

    So now even the wheelbarrow’s depressed!


  12. joantav says:

    I love all the shades of blue that give this such life. Nice!!


  13. Marion Hodge says:

    I love the shades of blue – I use indigo a lot in my portrait work and in other paintings. On another note, you have inspired me to start doing sketches in my car. Did you ever drop a pencil shaving and watch it disappear into the gear shift thingy? Bringing a cloth to cover the centre console next time!


    • I’m glad I inspired you to get out in the car Marion. You have no idea how much I’ve dropped into the hidden spaces in my car. I could probably open an art supply shop with all the pens and rubber erasers I have lost.
      I would never think of using Indigo in portraits. When I use it in mixes it makes all the colours dirty. What do you mix it with?


  14. Debo Boddiford says:

    I’m never blue when I see sketches of your wheelbarrow!


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