Rockport harbour

It was an unusual Rockport trip in more ways than bad weather. This time I did hardly any sketching because I took a three-day oil painting workshop. I’ll save that for another post…

I did manage to get in one sketch of the famous Rockport harbour. Now that I look at the sketch, it seems that I tried to cram everything into one sketch, knowing that I wouldn’t be doing many more. So I put in Motif No. 1, winches, lobster traps, rowboats, fishing boats and buoys. The only thing missing is a fish jumping out of the water and a diving osprey.

23 Comments on “Rockport harbour”

  1. karim waked says:


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  2. Nancy says:

    Your comment made me chuckle. I can relate as I tend towards
    the bigger picture. And I would love a fish jumping out of the water.


  3. TonyU says:

    Still not too late to add them Shari! Strange how despite limited time we try to achieve everything regardless. And as it happens, to my eye at least, each of the two pages makes a great sketch on its own. But the two together will give double the memories!


  4. April says:

    Diving Osprey LOL! too funny. Thanks for the insight into your work.This work is v beautiful but I had no idea how your style was influenced by editing. Thanks for commenting. I really admire how you interpret the scene in front of you. Your individual style is just great. Your use of color and elegant application, helps me identify your work quickly on Instagram or pinterest.


    • Thanks so much April. Yes, editing is very important. Or choosing the most important parts of the scene, which clearly I didn’t do here. But glad you like it anyway. Much appreciated.


  5. Rooi says:

    I love it… I can’t wait to see oil results


  6. Linda says:

    I think it looks beautiful…I go there often as I live in Boston.


  7. Denise says:

    Hi Shari! Years ago I did an oil painting that took me about 2 months to finish- it remains to be one of my proudest paintings. This scene of yours would probably take me twice that long to perfect-you nailed it in one day. I remain in awe of your work!


    • Denise, this was one of my first sketches in Rockport. I really didn’t take the time to plan it properly because I was so excited to be there. That happens so often. I get overly excited about the scene in front of me and jump right in without giving it any thought. Of course it conveys the scene well but I think compositionally it could have been better. Glad you like it anyway. And there’s nothing wrong with taking two months to do a painting. It was obviously worth it because you are so happy with it years later.


  8. toddpop1 says:

    I get this way at airports… so much going on, and I wanna cram it all in!
    It’s still a good sketch, tho.


  9. Judy Sopher says:

    Very dumb question and I think I asked you this before. Is this Rockport, Maine or another Rockport? Either way, It is a lovely painting. I like how you balanced the yellows with different shapes but same hue.


  10. joantav says:

    LOL You did get a lot into this sketch. Can’t wait to hear about the workshop you took.


  11. Your sketch of the harbor reminds me of one along Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Thank you.


  12. rothpoetry says:

    Very nice work!


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