Give me a sign

I had a bit of time to kill between two meetings today but I was on a commercial street with strip malls and nothing to sketch for miles, unless, of course, you are tempted to draw facades of nail salons and pet groomers, which I wasn’t. On a warm spring day like today I was on the lookout for a sign of the season — pale green buds on a tree, a bunch of daffodils or, at the very least, a grassy patch with a bench in the sun —  but alas, nothing. In frustration I pulled into a McDonald’s, resigned to go inside to do some people sketching. And there it was, facing me as I parked my car. My sign of spring, leaning up against the fence and waiting to be drawn.


9 Comments on “Give me a sign”

  1. Liliane Partikian says:

    Love your sign of spring Shari. I try not to look at the sketch before I finish reading your text….it is truly a sign of spring. Thanks for sharing.


  2. Mary says:

    This is SUPER! I love your drawing, your composition, color choices – it’s all so alive and made me happy just to look at it. Thanks so much, Shari.


  3. Nice. So you drew the bicycle first I’m thinking. Great sketch.


  4. joantav says:

    This made me smile! What a great item to find in front of you. Well done!


  5. Sylvie Marie Héroux says:

    Strip malls… well, I do have a project I have not started on… It’s called “The Taschereau Boulevard Chronicles” and it’s meant to capture the changing face of one of the ugliest stretches on the South Shore. And I say this with a giggle… it may be ugly but I drive up and down the place often enough and many places do have some meaning.


  6. Love the story behind finding your subject! Awesome bike. I find them hard.


  7. Bernadette says:

    Wonderfully done and a great sign of spring! Thanks for your “story” of explanation, I love reading how your give us the details behind the work. Thanks as always for sharing your gift!


  8. Monique says:

    I find bikes hard also..Great!


  9. Terri VanEerden says:

    Perfect! I love the light and dark on and behind the fence!


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