Towards Mountain View

I’d love to spend a month or two painting reflections. You know, really take the time to study them, to understand how to simplify them, to see the abstract patterns in them. Of course I know I could take a series of photos of the lake and paint from that, but that defeats the purpose for me. What I love about painting reflections on location is that every time you look up from your painting, the water is a little different. Changes of light, effects of wind and currents, birds and boats — all of these affect the water’s appearance. So the challenge in this study would be to understand the water movement and how to simplify it in colour and value. A goal for next summer, perhaps…


15 Comments on “Towards Mountain View”

  1. Chris Rusk says:

    Maybe these are studies in great patience as well as reflection 🤔


  2. Dee Ludwig says:



  3. Jane Hannah says:

    This is majestic Shari — I love it!!!


  4. Judith says:

    …or at Palmetto Bluff
    …or in Rockport!
    I so enjoy following your blog and learning from you. Gratitude.


  5. Jeff Gold says:

    Another winner. Your divided composition is like a reflections sampler with all of the color and light effects. It really shimmers. Beautiful. And I love the trees.


  6. margo vonk says:

    I loose myself in your painting. It’s beautiful.


  7. D. Abreu says:

    This is beautiful Shari! Love the reflections, I am so challenged by it.


  8. Judy Sopher says:

    Ditto the above. Water can be difficult. We are planning a trip to Chesapeake Bay and I hope to get the chance to paint the water scenes.


  9. Alison says:

    Simply lovely, calm and contemplative.


  10. stephanie descoteaux says:



  11. parikhitdutta says:

    This is stunning!


  12. A goal for now, Shari. and you’ve made a good start. You may have the opportunity to do another one or two before the summer’s out.this one is lovely; it shimmers.


  13. Isy Falkner says:

    How beautiful and such gorgeous, harmonious colours.


  14. joantav says:

    To me it looks like you understand reflections really well. This is so peaceful!


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