Studio circles

It’s a grey day in Montreal, and that means it’s a perfect time to draw ellipses, which for some reason require frequent practice. I know all the rules but it takes several tries with the pencil before they start to look something close to correct. Luckily there are plenty of circles in my studio to use as models. This sketch is mostly done with three colours: Cerulean Blue, Winsor Red and Yellow Ochre, but it’s hard to mix a real dark with these so near the end I mixed up some Alizarin and Phthalo Green for the darkest bits.


40 Comments on “Studio circles”

  1. Jay says:

    So cool looking! What are the rules for ellipses?


  2. Judy Sopher says:

    I love still life-it has always been one of my favorites. You can set them up and arrange things to suit you. Sometimes they read to me as people. (stop laughing) Anyway, this is another wonderful painting.


  3. great painting and so educational-heading for Paul Heaston’s post. thank you Shari!


  4. Jane Carroll says:

    Amazing. You are amazing.


  5. Monique says:

    Can I echo the above words?


  6. Monique says:

    PS do you like that DS masking fluid? In the bottle w/ the pointy top?


  7. Marie says:

    I love this one! I am always inspired by your trees and your ability to capture the time of day, but this one is extra special for some reason. Thanks for posting!


  8. Chris says:

    Everything is there. Perfect.


  9. Great rendition of transparency. Very interesting!


  10. linder322 says:

    I really like the composition and colors! Ellipses have always been a challenge to me, also.
    Thanks for the link. I’ll check it out. Off to Seattle tomorrow for a short workshop with Stephanie Bower on architecture. Perspective…..another challenge! Have a good weekend!


  11. rosjenke says:

    Flipping amazing 😉 colours composition and ellipses!


  12. DiniAlice says:

    Making the ordinary into extraordinary. Thanks so much for the fun and inspiration!


  13. comen83 says:

    I’m always amazed at how you take ordinary subjects and interpret them in such an interesting way. I remember your Manchester course well and am using limited colors a lot lately.

    Grettings, Corinna


  14. joantav says:

    You make it look so easy, with your great painting of all the jars and bottles. Ellipses are something I still need a lot of practice with. I’m going to use your link and hop over to Paul’s blog to check out his post. Thanks.


  15. Bernadette says:

    You are always stretching, learning, re learning and growing. In your assembly line of bottles and jars you found a way to draw us in, teaching us how to do the same. Thank you for the lessons you freely share.
    It is such a pleasure to grow along with you.


  16. What a great combination of primaries. It created a lovely atmosphere and harmony. The application of the watercolor is really amazing.


  17. Alison says:

    Once again, you manage to make the mundane remarkable. There are many lessons to take from this post.


  18. Susanne says:

    I love this one too. On first glance, when I saw it really small, (on Instagram!) I thought it was a cityscape. The limited palette is beautiful and I love the whites and all the shapes.


  19. Beverly Stover says:

    I love this and all your work! Your style is an inspiration to me!


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