First colour

It’s a joy to see people working in their yards this weekend. Cleaning up the remnants of last year’s gardens, making space for the green shoots poking up out of the ground, talking to neighbours over fences. I should probably be doing that too, but instead I sketched the first tiny bit of colour in my garden — my crocuses. It always seems like a miracle to me when something this delicate pops out of soil that was covered in snow less than a week ago. Sketched in a Pentalic sketchbook, 8″ x 5″.


37 Comments on “First colour”

  1. Judy Sopher says:

    Lovely painting. Thanks for giving the size.


  2. Jodi says:



  3. A truly beautiful painting.


  4. Monique says:

    I felt that miracle today.
    You illustrated it beautifully.
    What a gift.


  5. anne farmer says:

    Wonderful painting. Not wishing to be smug but we’re on buttercups and bluebells here!


  6. These are fantastic! Philippe and I spent some time today planting flowers. Hehe…These are so beautiful! And love the background on the piece so much. Really love how you rendered it. Simply lovely. 😍


  7. ChesapkLady says:

    Shari, I love your “effortless” sketches like this, that have so much life and vitality — WONDERFUL! Thanks for sharing this.


  8. That’s much better than gardening 😉 Beautiful painting!


  9. holmar58 says:

    Lovely painting Shari!


  10. Lisa Daniels says:

    Shari– I marvel at your range of colors that you use– in particular your greens! You are such an inspiration. Can’t wait to take another class
    Lisa Daniels


    • Thanks Lisa. I was thinking that I hadn’t used enough colour in this one! Looking forward to having you in another class. I was just telling a friend about Palmetto Bluff yesterday, and what a spectacular area it is. I described the view from your house…


      • Lisa Daniels says:

        The offer is there anytime you want to come back –lots of room would love to have you! Wish I could see your recent sketch of the boat yard from the beginning! Have you ever put a sketch series from beginning to end on your blog


  11. randilbouck says:

    Absolutely beautiful! You’re an inspiration, Shari.


  12. Lee Kline says:

    Oh, my….I DO miss crocuses. We have a few bulbs down here int he deep south, but none so heart-warming as those tiny crocuses. Your painting does them justice, Shari.


  13. M. L. Kappa says:

    Lovely painting. It’s so amusing comparing the seasons in each place too. In Athens we get crocuses in January or at the latest February. They’re long gone… X Marina


  14. Sheree says:

    So very pretty


  15. Marilyn Thuss says:

    So fresh and sweet…..thank you Shari! Background really sets off the flowers. Inspiring for sure!


  16. Fred Wissemann says:

    I like your style. Thanks for sharing this. It is beautiful.


  17. Probably one of my favorites…one of your simpler sketches but it teaches so much about background, composition, color (or is that colour!), and knowing when to stop! Thanks for sharing with your many fans.


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