Red roof

It’s been such a busy start to the school year that it’s hard to find time to sketch. One extra course has been added to my workload this term, and that means not only more teaching time but more preparation and extra grading time too. It leaves me frustrated because of course I like to do a daily sketch, but sometimes there are no more hours left in the day.

On Fridays I start a little later and this morning I was determined to find a bit of time to return to a house I spotted a few weeks ago on my way to school. It’s on a side street just a few blocks from the building where I work, and it looks nothing like the surrounding houses in the neighbourhood, which are mostly low-rise brick apartments buildings or two-storey duplexes. It’s situated next to a automobile repair shop, which is also a bit of an oddity in a residential area. Needless to say, I was pretty happy to spend an hour or so sketching this house before I went to class. Sketched in a Handbook Watercolor Journal, 8″ x 8″.


25 Comments on “Red roof”

  1. Dml says:

    The effort you put into this blog is greatly appreciated. I’m sure it’s one more thing on your “to do” list, but your entries are a highly anticipated part to my day. Thank you for sharing and inspiring so many of us to get out and paint:)


    • Hi. This blog is the one thing that is not on my “to do” list, because that would mean that I consider it a chore. But I love drawing, and my blog has also allowed me to enjoy writing too. It is pure pleasure and that’s why I find it so frustrating when there is no time. It’s a bonus and a joy for me that people like you also enjoy it and comment on the posts. So glad you wrote today. A big thanks.


  2. Connie Renaud says:

    I love it!


  3. Monsieur R. says:

    The house near “Gas” station, in the Edward Hopper’s painting …


  4. ditto, ditto, dtto to Dml’s comment above; we appreciate you’re taking time to post.
    And welcome to the new age; wherein anyone with a salary can always do MORE -right?-wrong!- or at least not as well. Which is why I retired when I finally could and with a great sigh of relief.
    My son lived for 10 years in Montreal and i see why that house attracted you as special. Your watercolor sketch is lovely.


  5. So lovely. I love your colors.


  6. Bernadette says:

    Sooooo nice. Thank you for the little details of the way you manage your time and paintings. We appreciate you and the gift of your hands. Your gift, gifts us. I guess that adds to the beauty of all your paintings and sharings. Thank you.


  7. I can imagine the feeling when you just can’t juggle the time and find the needed stretch to do some painting or sketching. I’m glad you were successful and went back to sketch this cute little house. Nicely done!


  8. sandidureice says:

    Beautiful. Thankyou.


  9. sue says:

    I’m sorry to hear you are so busy, but you always find the time to inspire. So thank you for that. You make me look twice at the mundane, to see the beauty in it. Here’s hoping you figure it all out, and that your winter isn’t as cold this year.


  10. Vicky Porter says:

    Shari, this is a lovely painting. I’m guessing that having that time you found to paint made you an even better teacher that day:) I hope, for all our sakes, that you’re able to carve out more time to make your beautiful art.


  11. minervafm says:

    So beautiful! I know that little house! It never ceases to amaze me how you capture the essence of the subject and the character of the place.


  12. anne farmer says:

    Miss the daily sketches. It’s tough at the top!


  13. Villoo says:

    Simply beautiful! I hope your college students realise how privileged they are to have you.


  14. Joon boody says: your huge fan a last few years.appriciate your share.thanks,many thanks


  15. Judy Sopher says:


    Finally able to get back to my laptop and catching up.(Just had back surgery on the first)

    Another of your lovely paintings which make me want to see the place. And–love the wires.


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