Sailing lesson

In my workshop last week, we spent a long time talking about how to decide what to sketch when you are looking at a complex scene. My suggestion was to begin with the thing that interested you most, and work outward from there.

This morning I spent some time contemplating the scene at the Pointe Claire Yacht Club. I walked along the shore looking at the boats, then I moved further back and took in a wider angle which included the clubhouse, but it was only when the sailing class came out that I knew what I was going to paint. The instructor stood for a long time with his arms akimbo — blue shirt framed by the white sail — waiting for his group of kids to get ready for the lesson. When I saw his pose I knew that would be my starting point. In a fairly monochromatic setting, the touches of colour and movement from the group as well as the white sails set against the dark building formed the start of my drawing.

9 Comments on “Sailing lesson”

  1. tmikeporter says:

    Great advice and teaches us to be aware of what we see and how we respond to it.


  2. Judy Sopher says:

    I wish I had been given that tip years ago. I get very overwhelmed by many outdoor scenes. Thanks so much.

    And–love sailing and sailboats . And love your sailing scenes. Water is one of your specialties.


  3. Bernadette says:

    Thanks for your suggestion when facing a complex scene. I know this will make a BIG difference in how I paint. It seems such a simple but important detail for painting an outdoor scene. How is it that I have never heard it expressed so fundamentally straight forward and direct! Thank you.


  4. joantav says:

    Love the pose of the instructor and the relections of the sails in the water. Great tip about how to decide on what to paint.


  5. Janice Veal says:

    Beautiful shadow shapes. I love the posture of the instructor. I would follow his instructions!


  6. Good Evening dear friend Shari,

    Great work, a pleasant theme with fabulous color combo.

    Blessings to you.


  7. i love your paintings.


  8. Donna says:

    What a simple thought to make me get on track of what to paint!!! As others have said you just don’t know where to start. Just received your book. Looking forward to getting into it.


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