Tin and brick

The view from the west side of La Grande Bibliothèque faces the backs of the buildings on rue St. Denis. I love to paint that checkerboard of chimneys and back doors that faces out onto the alley by using a complementary colour scheme of oranges and blues. Painting brick can become very monotonous, but I made an effort to get a slight colour shift as I moved across the page. A little more Burnt Sienna on the left, a bit of Alizarin Crimson on the right, and in the middle, some Ultramarine Blue added to the Burnt Sienna to neutralize the reds and oranges. alottawind


21 Comments on “Tin and brick”

  1. Love it Shari! the cool and warm are like the Yin and Yang together!


  2. I love this! A few years ago, I stayed at the Novotel on rue de la Montagne, not too far away, and had a very similar view from my top-floor room. You’ve captured the “checkerboard” so well, Shari – it has the same energy.


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  4. Ruth Jaeger says:

    I find this to be very jaunty. Congratulations on such liveliness out of what isn’t obviously so.


  5. I really like the transition in the brick work you describe in your post. I must put some burnt sienna in my paint box and give it a try. Thanks for the tip.


    • What??? You have no Burnt Sienna in your paint box. That’s one I can’t live without. For making greys, for painting brick, for flower pots…
      It’s the colour I use the most, I think.


      • Hi Shari. I don’t use Burnt Sienna either. I found it was becoming too insistent on the palette, getting into everything and in the wrong way. Quin Burnt Orange was even worse. I found that, for me, using Raw Sienna or Burnt Umber mixed with either Cad Red medium or Alizarin worked better as it gave a varied mix that was always changing on the palette as I worked. I treated the “brown” puddle much like I treat the “green” one (using a constantly changing mix). Then again, it could just be the brand of Burnt Sienna.


      • Good to know Russell. I guess we all have different ways of working and it’s great to hear how you mix your colours. Thanks for sharing.


  6. susancooke says:

    Hi Shari,
    The brickwork looks so alive, I really like the effects of your not over-blending, which I keep doing 🙂


  7. rosjenke says:

    You make any old mundane scene into a work of art. Love it.


  8. Carole Hillman says:

    Your posts are always inspiring and fresh. They keep me coming back to sketching with watercolor, which is new to me, and I’m learning. Thanks!


  9. Great way to do the bricks without doing every single one. Nice!!


  10. Jane Guest says:

    all so informative and wonderful Shari
    how do you do your metal roof to get the effect you did in this one?


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