The Oil House

The other day I tried to get to the shrimp boat dock to paint, but now that the holiday crowds are here, getting around by car is difficult. I wasted an hour in traffic and a $6 bridge toll trying to get there, only to turn around in frustration and make a pledge to myself to sketch only at places I could ride my bike to for my remaining days here.

The lighthouse at the end of Sanibel Island is a beautiful spot with lots of shade. I’ve sketched the lighthouse before but today I painted a view of The Oil House. When the lighthouse was first lit in 1884, it was kerosene that fueled it. This little white building, restored in 1976, sits next to the keeper’s house.

11 Comments on “The Oil House”

  1. loisajay says:

    This looks like a nice, quiet respite from the crowds.


  2. Bernadette says:

    You weave so much more than descriptions of your art methods in every post you send. Thanks for the art and history lesson that surrounds “The Oil House.”


  3. Judy Sopher says:

    Looks so peaceful. Is that a limited palette and if so, what did you use? The muted colors of the trees are lovely

    This is probably a dumb question but do you rent a bike there?


  4. TonyU says:

    If it’s half as good as your painting it must be wonderful. Continents apart, but it reminds me of Edward Wesson … subject matter and style. Just perfect!


  5. joantav says:

    LOL Traffic can really be annoying. Glad you have good places that you can get to by bike. I like the oil house and that swatch of wonderful water! Enjoy!!


  6. karim waked says:

    Love it

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  7. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening dear Shari,

    I love those trees, the way you have drawn.
    I have to ind or invent and introduce new words of appreciation to the Oxford English Dictionary, because I have already used most of the words of appreciation,
    At large a very pleasant and beautiful sketch.


  8. Donna says:

    I enlarged this to see your pencil lines, such a free sketch and then you create the magic. Need to work on the quick sketch. I probably draw too much. Thank you.


  9. Wonderful light and atmosphere.


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