It’s all relative

In early winter, the thought of sitting in my car to sketch on a -10°C day is daunting. But after an extended period of brutally cold temperatures that hover between -16°C and -20°C, a day when the thermometer reading is -10°C seems positively balmy. It’s all relative, isn’t it? In celebration of this warming trend, I took advantage of the day to sit in my car and sketch, something I haven’t done in a long time. It didn’t matter that I was facing into the sun with glare on the windshield. It didn’t matter that my feet were frozen. It was a celebration of a little something positive at the end of a cold and icy week, and it had to be marked with a sketch.


18 Comments on “It’s all relative”

  1. Gail says:

    And it is beautiful!


  2. It is a pleasing composition of warms and cools. The warm color of the brick buildings and the sand on the road. What is the building at the end of the street? It looks like it has a row of columns.


  3. susanjk says:

    Hi Shari:

    This is beautiful- as are all your sketches – and your posts.


    Sent from Outlook



  4. Nancy Johnson says:

    Hi Shari,

    The colors and perspective pull me right in. I realize it was bitter cold, but there is warmth here. It’s beautiful and like Susan said (above) all your sketches are. I completely agree and look forward to every post.



  5. love seeing your work. This one has a nice feel could it be your up mood shining through.


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  7. Kirk says:

    Great sketch!


  8. Barbara Stumpf says:

    Oh my — this simply sparkles! Thanks for this view of winter at its clearest and best. Love your posts!


  9. Rita M Cleary says:

    You may the ordinary very soecial!


  10. Rita M Cleary says:

    You make the ordinary very soecial!


  11. TonyU says:

    Two for the price of one …. a lovely sketch and a timely reminder to be more accepting of our relatives!


  12. Judy Sopher says:

    Your description of the weather is so much like when we lived in ND.Some winters were 20-30 below and we also called it “balmy” if it approached zero. As always, I love your work. The limited palette is perfect to feel the cold. (And I am a winter person)


  13. Geoffrey Bladon says:

    Good morning Shari,

    Just in case you might have missed it, you should know that our idol Fabrice Moireau has a new book out -“Sicily”. I think it’s his best yet!! It seems to have more images per page than others. And Sicily is a most generous and fascinating subject.

    Geoff ________________________________


  14. Leslie Blackwell says:

    Luminous light effects, Shari.


  15. Monique says:

    Comme c’est beau!Always amazed..and always know it’s yours.


  16. Funny how the cold can make us feel least for a while, ha ha. I’m surprised your water didn’t freeze . :^). Very nice painting btw!


  17. joantav says:

    I can feel the warmth (relative) of the sun in this lovely piece. I love the composition with the piles of snow along the sides of the road. I’m glad it was warm enough for you to get out for a while and sketch.


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