Back to the beach

I turn my beach chair around today. Instead of facing the water and the people, I decide to draw the palms and a small nondescript condo building. On a cloudy day, the building wouldn’t have been much fun to draw, but shadows add so much to a scene. Naples Yellow and Cobalt Violet Light combine to create the colour of the building in sun, but for the shadow on that same surface, I add some Cobalt
Blue and Quin Rose to the mix to get a warm glowing colour under the eaves. And just as I am finishing my sketch a murder of crows crosses the sky and I add them in.

9 Comments on “Back to the beach”

  1. Rooi says:

    Murder of crows !!! Hehehhe love it shari


  2. joantav says:

    The shadows do make it!!!! Lovely!


  3. Donna says:

    I’m doing this thing of enlarging this to see your pencil sketch and now I’m looking at your brush strokes! You are so spontaneous and I’ve hoping to achieve that


    • Donna, yes, there is a pencil drawing under this, but it is usually quite rough. I try not to draw in all the little details that I will be painting in because then I am just duplicating the strokes. So I might draw in a rectangle for a window, but not draw the sill or the details in the reflections. That will all be done with the paintbrush.


  4. Jean says:

    Your palm trees always appeal to me. When I tried to draw them en plain air in Florida, I found it a huge challenge! You trees look so airy and tropical and delightful!


  5. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear Shari,

    I feel I am the one looking this on site.


  6. tsc69216 says:

    Those shadows are awesome. And I’d never heard the expression ‘ a murder of crows’ 🙂
    My father had a tame crow, it was his best friend, could talk a bit even – so… murder of crows… haha, love it.


  7. Beautiful painting, the Quin Rose really adds a lot of interest to the building.


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