Veer left

I haven’t sketched in downtown Montreal in a dog’s age, so when I had a mid-morning appointment there today, I left a little early and sketched in Griffintown first.

With luck on my side, I found a coveted parking spot on Wellington, facing this scene. I do love a good jumble of road signs and construction bits, and in this one the pattern of orange cones and signs and barricades was exactly what I was hoping for on a grey day — a few spots of colour in the urban landscape to make up for this endlessly dismal spring in Montreal.


31 Comments on “Veer left”

  1. Elaine says:

    Gee you’re good, a winner! Love that pick-me-upper painting on this grey day, thanks Shari.

  2. Bernadette says:

    You are so right. The orange cones and signs, left and right really make a grey day come alive. Always, you include sparks of color for added interest. They draw us in with you as you faced the scene to sketch. Beautifully done.

  3. Wow, I love this! The orange of the construction signs really contrasts from the gray-toned background. Hope you’re having a good week. 🙂
    ~Elizabeth

  4. Donna says:

    You can the most boring thing and make it look good. All the things we see every day have the potential for a sketch. Thank you.

  5. Lee Kline says:

    Hi, Shari. Is Griffintown where you, Mark and I sketched so long ago?

  6. Anna Cull says:

    If you like orange cones and construction bits, then I’m sure you’d love sketching Christchurch (NZ). We’re a bit over the orange in our landscape (it’s been a big part of the city since the earthquakes in 2010-2011). I do love your pic though : )

    • I’m sure your city is still recovering, right? We are in it for the long haul here. No earthquakes, but lots of infrastructure problems that need an overhaul. Good thing I like drawing these.

  7. Kirk says:

    You can make any subject look great!

  8. jjukes says:

    Brings back memories of my years in Montreal. Love your work and am really enjoying your new book.

  9. Excellent painting. Is Griffintown where the Lachine Canal empties into the old port?

  10. Kristiina Sakai says:

    OMG Shari, you are a genius, always making the banal look exciting and interesting!
    There’s a lesson in that! Thanks so much!

  11. Harriet braun says:

    Lovely in all respects. May I ask what colors?

  12. Judy Sopher says:

    As said above, you make such good paintings from everyday and mundane things. To me, this is more interesting than a garden scene.

    Have you seen Tioh Yi Chie’s review of your book on You Tube ? He praised it highly.

  13. Yup, that’s Montreal, the capital of the orange cones….you make them look beautiful!

  14. joantav says:

    Oh, those oranges make this pop so nicely. I was at the plein air invitational at the NY Botanical Garden today…sorry to see you weren’t there.

  15. meadowwoven says:

    What a great picture. I feel like I am by the Lincoln tunnel in NY!! I love the pop of color in the otherwise drabness that can be a city on a grey day.


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