Thumb’s up for Amersfoort

Hello from Amersfoort! I landed in the Netherlands yesterday and after catching up on some sleep I spent the day scouting out workshop locations with my wonderful organizer here.

The weather is perfect for sketching. Not too hot and no rain so far. This morning I had the quintessential European sketching experience: I sat in a café for hours, nursing a cappuccino and sketching a view of the square. Amersfoort is really a sketcher’s paradise (I know, I say that about many places) but it’s a small city with canals, a historic walled area with great old buildings, and it’s not at all crowded. It was hard to choose the best places because there were so many.

My three-day workshop starts tomorrow so I will be posting a few photos from that soon. And a warning about images — I have no scanner on this trip so expect my thumb in many photos.

20 Comments on “Thumb’s up for Amersfoort”

  1. Carol says:

    lovely, thanks for sharing. Always fun to see your work. 🙂


  2. Rene Wojcik says:

    Great sketch, Shari…old world charm brought to life. I love it!
    Are you using a 81/2” Handbook? Just curious.


  3. D. kubik says:

    Beautiful rendition.


  4. Bernadette says:

    True to your word, you are including people in your paintings when possible. They add so much life to your paintings. The sketch is lovely, I especially like the sky so fluid and loose. Great work as always. Thanks for sharing.


  5. Linda Murray says:

    Just lovely Shari! So many times I find your painting much more interesting than the actual setting! I love seeing how you can eliminate certain things in drawing your sketch to make it more pleasing to the eye 😊


  6. mayelalameda says:

    I love how picturesque the town looks. Enjoy your time. Looking forward to the workshop pictures.


  7. mayelalameda says:

    I love how you create such lively sketches. Can’t wait to see the pictures from your workshop.


  8. Louise Genest says:

    Hi Shari. Your work is so wonderful. Would you please tell me on what kind of paper it is on. And also, generally what kind of watercolour paper you use. Thank you. Louise


  9. Glad to know you are there, safe and sound, and stimulated by new surroundings! Have a great workshop!


  10. Peri Nilan says:

    Hi Shari,
    I soooo want to get s chance to do what you are doing…saving my money to do a trip just to be able to sit and sketch in a scenic European location. Love the colours, etc. In your plaza scene!


  11. Judy Sopher says:

    Love your painting. The colors work so well. Is that pencil or ink? I’m already enjoying Amoorsfoot vicariously. How I’d love to be there. Have fun.


  12. joantav says:

    Won’t mind your thumb at all. Really nice harmony in this!


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