Adirondack panoramas

To pass the time on long car rides (when I am not the driver) I love to sketch panoramas. On the way down to New York City on Friday it was definitely the end of winter — lots of rain and even some sleet in the upper Adirondacks — but on the way home today it was clearly spring. The colours at this time of year are so subtle that you need to look hard to find them. But they’re there. Ochres and siennas in the dried grasses, deep purples in the mountains and the slightest touches of green as the trees start to feel the warmth of the sun. I usually sketch these in a book I keep mostly for this. Here are a few more I sketched on the drive from Nevada to Utah as we crossed a little corner of Arizona.

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28 Comments on “Adirondack panoramas”

  1. Bernadette says:

    The simplicity of your work is beautiful. Your sketches are so clean and fresh. They are a joy to behold. Thank you for sharing.

  2. You make it look so deceptively easy and i know it isn’t! These are beautiful. And having driven that route many times when my son and daughter-in-law both danced for Le Grand I can say you’ve truly caught the feel and view one has going down and up past High Point-lovely.

  3. Jodi says:

    your works is truly amazing!

  4. Marc Lépine says:

    Amazing ! When I zoom the panoramas on my large computer screen, I really have the feeling I’m driving in the landscape. It’s a zen feeling ! Bravo !

  5. marclepine says:

    Amazing ! When I zoom-in on my large Mac screen, I have the feeling I’m driving in the landscape. It’s so zen. Bravo !

  6. Dee Ludwg says:

    You are amazing!

  7. Doug Elliot says:

    Beautiful work Shari. I love sketching the landscape when travelling by coach or as a car passengers.

    • I never really thought of doing this Doug, until I saw Virginia Hein’s work on the Urban Sketchers blog. She does some beautiful road panoramas on her drive to Joshua Tree National Park every year. She was my inspiration.

  8. Monique says:

    LOvely!
    I tried drawing the rear view mirro on the way to MTL..and stopped it was so bad.JUST THEREARVIEWMIRROR..:(

  9. Nicely done. I’ve wc Shetched the “18 mile” stretch from the Keys to Miami a couple of times. It’s not as easy as you make it.

  10. edda blume says:

    Those are little jewels – beautifully done

  11. joantav says:

    Great that you can paint while traveling in the car. These are great! I’m almost always the driver so I miss out on being able to do this.

  12. Judy Sopher says:

    You are encouraging me to try this. I am enjoying your landscapes as we lived in the Southwest for over 20 years.

  13. SZKoplin says:

    These are beautiful – can I ask which sketchbook you use for these landscape format?


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