The narrows

It seems that a recent cold spell has triggered fall foliage colours in the northern Adirondacks. I spent the weekend visiting friends and painting the multitude of views from their dock, which is situated on a narrow channel between two lakes. It couldn’t  have been a better weekend for painting — sunny with no wind and a soundtrack provided by loons and ducks — so I took full advantage of the setting. Painted on Fabriano 140 lb. rough paper, 15″ x 11″.


43 Comments on “The narrows”

  1. Absolutely stunning. I always look forward to opening your blog posts. Do you put the water down first and then add the reflections or take the blue over the greens?


    • Thanks for writing Sally. For this one, the painting process was pretty straightforward. I painted the sky and the light water at the same time, painting around the white of the boathouses. When that was dry I painted the lighter mass of trees and their reflections in the water. The very darks came in after that, and then the details on the structures. It was a fairly fast painting to complete.


  2. Savanna Ouellette says:

    This is just beautiful!


  3. Barbara Stumpf says:

    I love this! The stillness of the lake surface, the algae greens, the turquoises and cinnamon in the distance. You make the day in all its dimensions come alive for us. Thank you!


  4. Missy Walsh-Smith says:

    I love this! Such rich, fall colors!!


  5. Bernadette says:

    Fall is my favorite of all seasons. Your painting is lovely. As always it is such a treat to get your email and fresh watercolors. Thanks for sharing.


  6. JSonnenschein says:

    This really calls to me, a lazy end of summer feel. Your reflections & cast shadows are terrific! I’m in California & would love to take a workshop from you.


  7. Merillion says:

    Love your Light!


  8. Dee Ludwg says:

    The color is extraordinarily rich and deep. I love it!


  9. “,,a soundtrack provided by loons and ducks..” – I like that ! Beautiful painting too.


  10. Rebecca says:

    This is as fresh as can be! I have watercolour envy… 🙂


  11. TonyU says:

    Like everyone else I absolutely love this! Beautifully designed and executed. Looking at it is an art lesson as well as food for the soul. Mr Whitney would have been proud of you!


  12. Judy Sopher says:

    One can just feel the quiet in this. It is amazing. Looking forward to fall colors but not here yet.


  13. Mary Jo says:

    I just love how expressive your style is – so crisp and not fussy or overdone. This is beautiful.


  14. Richard Lee says:

    Geez Shari it looks like I could cast a line right in the still water and catch a bass!


  15. Soni McFarland says:

    This is stunning – composition & color strike me first thing – you always have great values ; this is a desktop keeper for enjoyment & study for a long time

    I’m really happy you finally had painting time for yourself – sorry school added this extra course but free time equals a winner


  16. Janet Sargisson says:

    Beautiful! I love how simplified the shapes are with only a few details over top. Such a confident brush stroke!


  17. My favorite place in the world, you captured the clean, bright colors, I could smell fall in the air, thank you!


  18. Ren says:

    The colors are amazing!


  19. SONI MCFARLAND says:

    Also wanted to ask – is this with QoR paints or your regular palette ?


  20. Beautiful! I love all your bits of white that are twinkling all over this.


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