Dots and dashes

I still have lots of Chicago sketches to post but thought I’d interrupt that broadcast to post my sketch from this morning. Due to flooding around Montreal this spring, sailing season had a rough start with boats going in the water many weeks later than usual. I never made it out to sketch in my usual spots before leaving on my trip to the West Coast, so I have a little catching up to do.

There is a particular vantage point in a park that gives me a clear view of hulls, masts and sail covers at the boat club. No boat can be seen in its entirety, but as a group the sailboats create a fascinating pattern. Before painting this, I start with a pencil drawing of the boat shapes, but most of the work is done with a brush — dots and dashes of flags, ropes, masts and rudders. It’s a complex view but a fairly simple subject to render if you treat it with repeating shapes.


19 Comments on “Dots and dashes”

  1. TonyU says:

    Beautiful scene, beautifully captured. Glad to hear it was plain sailing for you. (Sorry!)

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  2. Jean says:

    This very attractive scene brings back good memories of when I lived near Lac St Louis.

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    • I feel fortunate to live so close to such a beautiful place. I can always find something to sketch when I’m near Lac St. Louis, but of course when the boats are in the water, it’s even better.


  3. TonyU says:

    The boats are lovely but for me the yellow in the sky creates the mood so well. I know you have Naples yellow in your palette … but it looks too transparent for that?

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    • Good eye, Tony. I took Naples Yellow out of my palette recently because it’s to opaque for most of my work. This is Raw Sienna but I didn’t dilute it as much as I usually do and I was happy with the result. The yellow is a good contrast to all of that blue.


      • TonyU says:

        Thanks for the info Shari. Ditto re the NY which was one of the nine colours in my palette. Hardly like for like but I’ve swapped it out for Pthalo Green.


  4. Terri VanEerden says:

    I love this!!! Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Bernadette Russ says:

    So nice, so summer!

    Sent from my iPad


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  6. louboyer says:

    I don’t know how you manage to paint such a complex scene. We feel we are there, breathing the fresh air, and feeling the mood of the open place. Wow Shari! Qell done


  7. in says:

    Blue beauties!


  8. Gia says:

    A question (how do you trick the eye into seeing multiple boats in the background), now answered, which I’ve asked a thousand times, to myself more than anyone. This does not mean, however, that I will now know how to do it, credibly, like you do.


  9. I love how you are able to filter the subject down to it’s essence. This is lovely!!


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