Comex facade

A few weeks ago I did this demo in my San Miguel de Allende workshop. It was an overcast day so there were no shadows to rely on, but the storefronts near the Plaza Civica were interesting enough on their own. And for my lesson on composition, there were certainly enough shapes to make it a fun subject to paint. I took a few liberties with the pots on the balcony — the plants were mostly dead and the containers were monochrome — but as for the rest, it was a perfect example of the deep reds and yellows that make up most of the wall colours in San Miguel. In fact, I used so much red and yellow on that trip that I had to refill the warm side of my palette several times, while the blues and greens on the other side were practically untouched.

The following week, we were at the same location, but this time the sun was out (as were the pigeons) so we tackled shadows and texture. Again, I took a few liberties with the flower pots, but what fun is painting if you can’t pull out your artistic license now and again?

16 Comments on “Comex facade”

  1. Donna says:

    So much vibrant color! What a treat from the color of dirty snow I see out the window. Need some new snow to freshen things up. The days are getting longer, YAH!


  2. Sketching and paint is a great mixture


  3. Barbara Lindsey says:



  4. Peri Nilan says:

    Yes, I get her regular posts. I like seeing what she’s able to do in a short amount of time! Wish I had been able to go. It just makes me look forward more to our upcoming workshop with Shari in August. Peri PS. I spent the whole afternoon cross checking my watercolour palette colours with Liz Steele’s and Marnie Rose Edge’s. I am setting up my larger palette to work on the commissioned painting I should have done eons ago (will also look at colour palette that Shari uses).

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  5. Gordon Lyman says:

    Your world is beautiful.

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  6. Judy Sopher says:

    Is it really that colorful there? Makes me want to go there . And artistic liberties are what makes a painting differ from a photograph. And better.
    What colors were used for the yellow and red in the first painting?


  7. Ruth Kaldor says:

    Im traveling to Guanajuato next week. Did everyone bring standing easels with them to Mexico or did they just sit and paint? I’m wondering if I should try to bring my plein air equipment. Thanks


  8. Ruth Kaldor says:

    No, I’m traveling with some local friends but I’m planning on painting while I’m there
    Thanks for replying


    • Ruth, if you are sketching on your own, I would suggest bringing a small folding stool. Unless of course you are used to working on an easel. In San Miguel there are also plenty of convenient benches, and I imagine they’ll have a similar setup in Guanajuato. But I don’t like to sit on the ground, so having a stool is very handy. When I am on my own I don’t always use an easel. I prefer to blend in rather than stand out, so I sit at cafes, on park benches, etc. I hope that helps. Have a great time. I love Mexico, as you probably figured out.


  9. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear friend Shari,

    I love that Yellow, red and a bit of blue combination.

    As I wrote before, I love this balcony too.
    Beautiful sketch and very pleasant.



  10. Geri Lawhon says:

    Such wonderful composition in your paintings. Thanks for sharing.


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