Front porch

Sometimes where I find a parking spot for sketching determines the composition of my sketch. I could have parked directly across from this yellow house but there was a tree blocking my view (and I didn’t want to include it). I moved a few spaces over in the parking lot and that gave me a bit of the facade and a bit of the side of the house and quite possibly a more interesting composition. Certainly a more dynamic sky shape, if nothing else. Sketched in a Handbook Watercolour Journal, 9″ x 12″.



21 Comments on “Front porch”

  1. jmnowak says:

    Perhaps if the previous position is the one you really wanted to draw, artistic licence could have removed that distracting tree. However, I like how you’ve presented the top window glass showing some type of reflection. 👌


  2. Ellen says:

    Super !


  3. Miú says:

    Oh, so warm, so full of Spring!…


  4. KR Carter says:

    I paint and draw from my car very often and find the same thing happens.


  5. Monique says:

    Love it.. Shari..Jacques cut himself ..and we enede up being 5 hrs at Emerg,I actually brought a mini travel kit and painted:) Thanks for the inspiration!


    • Hi Monique. I hope Jacques is ok! Sounds like you got off easy with only 5 hours in emergency. I once waited all night when I fractured my wrist. But I guess blood makes the wait shorter…


  6. Mary King says:

    Shari I find it amazing that you make even the dullest subject beautiful. Where can I find a a schedule of your workshops?


    • Hi Mary,
      I have a workshops tab on my blog but I am not giving any workshops this summer. The only place I will be is at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Chicago in July. Next summer I will be in Provence. Those workshops are sold out but there is a waiting list and someone just got into a workshop this week, so there is hope. Heres the website:


  7. Gil Zarins says:

    I like reading how you came to terms with the view and composition, the result feels so good!


  8. Bernadette says:

    Simply gorgeous! I love the composition and the little bit of blue sky so hopeful of Spring forthcoming. Sooo nice to look at. Thank you for sharing.


  9. joantav says:

    Lovely!!! I am impressed with your varied colors on the shaded side of the house. Sometimes it is great if the universe aligns and we get lucky and can park in a space with a good composition.


  10. TonyU says:

    Love it … and that negative sky shape works so well against the rest of the sketch.


  11. timdada says:

    Very nice! tim



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