Corner to corner

From my seat at The Corner Perk coffee shop in Bluffton, I had a great view of the opposite corner of the street. The small building in front of me was once a carpentry shop but is now for sale (found this out from someone on Instagram). This was my warm-up sketch upon arrival in South Carolina last week.

It always takes some time when I go from a winter to a summer location to get the colour going in my head, and on my palette. Painting winter scenes is all about subtleties — soft cobalt shadows on snow,  pale winter branches, lots of greys and browns — so painting all this green is a bit of a shock to the brain. In a good way. The pen drawing is pretty loose and scribbly, which, upon reflection, is a telltale sign of being in a rush to get the colour on the paper. It’s a bit like a shout of joy, but with a Pitt Pen. Sketched in a Handbook Travelogue Journal, 8″ x 8″, using all the colours on my palette!


7 Comments on “Corner to corner”

  1. Rita Cleary says:

    You have the talent to make the most mundane scense look great, Shari. Not that this old shop is necesarily “mundane”. I would say you make what is probably a nice enough scene look even better. James Guerney has that ability as well. I have a few “regular” spots that are so ho-hum. I wish I could think of some way to do them so that they POP. It hasn’t happened yet.


  2. Lori Wilson says:

    This is simply gorgeous!! You made an old run down building look amazing!! I live right down the street and you made Calhoun street look fabulous!!
    Just adore your beautiful work Shari!!
    Lori Wilson


  3. Mary Ann Putzier says:

    Hi Shari
    Your work is wonderful!
    I live in Sun City, part of greater Bluffton. I too am a watercolorist, mostly, and exhibit at Society of Bluffton Artists gallery, on Calhoun and Church Sts… just down the street from the Corner Perk.
    Would love to meet you. Call (843 705 5443) or email


  4. joantav says:

    You capture scenes like this so well. You find the beauty in the ordinary!!! Enjoy!


  5. Soni says:

    I can feel all that warm sunshine coursing thru your veins & into your palette !!


  6. Carol Cooney says:

    I just love your style no matter the season or subject, it’s great!!


  7. TonyU says:

    Sunshine! Bright colours! Can imagine how happy you must have been. Hopefully more to come – sketches and sunshine that is!


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