Winter eyes

There’s been so much grey in my sketches lately that when I saw this yellow house, in the sun, with a parking spot in front of it, I had to stop. In a week’s time I’ll be off to South Carolina to give a workshop. I know from experience that when I go from a cold, grey place (Montreal in the winter) to a warm, sunny one like Palmetto Bluff, it takes some time to get used to the colour in my surroundings. I experienced that in Costa Rica last winter. It’s as if the intense colours are just too much for my winter weary eyes to adjust to. For a while I paint everything a little too pale, and then slowly the colours in my sketchbook become properly saturated. So consider this the first practice for a temperate climate.


27 Comments on “Winter eyes”

  1. Anders says:

    Will you be in massachusetts anytime? And how much do the workshops cost? Love the yellow!


  2. Love that warm yellow.


  3. Janice Kelly says:

    Happy. Delightful. Inspiring.
    What I respect most about you Shari is that you are always drawing/painting/discovering.


    • That’s what makes watercolour so interesting for me Janice. It takes so many years and so much practice to get it right. At the same time, you can’t let your drawing skills fall by the wayside, so I am always doing something in my sketchbook.


  4. Judy Salleh says:

    I love it! Beautiful yellow shade. Have booked for your workshop in Manchester as So enjoyed being in your workshop in Singapore last year. Thanks for all the inspiration.


    • Judy, it will be wonderful to see you again. I have been following all your work on Facebook too and it will be great to meet again in Manchester. Glad you were one of the lucky ones to get a spot for the symposium.


  5. Sze Mui says:

    I love your work, Shari! Hope I register successfully today for the Manchester symposium and sign up for your workshop. I’d like to be on your mailing list for future workshops.


  6. Jean A Paterson says:

    The idea of Winter Eyes really rings true for me in Winnipeg too! I like the way you have drawn the shadows, especially those from the railing. Thanks!


  7. ChesapkLady says:

    Love the colors, but. . . more than that: I see a “shorthand” that you’re probably not even aware of, just slap-dabbing along. The siding of the yellow house as it meets the window: chk, chk, chk. . . and then meets the edge of the building: chk, chk, chk, chk, chk. . . This is valuable stuff you’re sharing. THANKS!


  8. Monique says:

    I love the color and your watercolor was gorgeous out today..Shari..yesterday I was at the Museum of Fine Arts..Pompeii..
    I saw a sketcher and approached her..she was soo good and so nice and friendly..she does do Urban Sketchers but had missed last week she said..just lovely.


    • Hi Monique. Yes, I think many of the sketchers in our group draw at the museum quite often but I hesitate to book outings there because they charge admission now and we try to schedule free locations. Did you like the Pompeii show? I have to get there to see it.


  9. Shari, enjoy your time here in South Carolina…we welcome you! One of my students is joining you and you should know she just won Honorable Mention in her first ever competition entry in a local guild show. She’s terribly excited to be painting with you. I know you’ll take good care of her and she’ll learn so much from you!


    • Hi Helen, thanks for the welcome. I am really looking forward to my first visit to South Carolina. I won’t have time to see much but it seems like the group will be great. Can’t wait to meet your talented student.


  10. andre savard says:

    That beautifull house corner of 10 th and St-Joseph is a very nice subject. Evenif it aaa avery cold morning you mangera to make it very bright and warm.


  11. Ross says:

    The yellow wall catches the sunlight beautifully. And a nicely composed sketch as well.


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