Counter life 5

I’ve been thinking about this series of drawings and wondering how long it can go on. Since I’m documenting not only the mess on my counter, but also the blooming of these two pots of bulbs, it might end when the flowers die. It could also end when the sketchbook I am working in is full, which means another 15 drawings. Or it could be over when I am bored with the project, which hasn’t happened yet. Just be patient and bear with me, please, for another few weeks while I see it through. We will return to our regularly scheduled programming when this is done.

50 Comments on “Counter life 5”

  1. Laurel says:

    I am loving all of these. Keep them coming.


  2. Mary Roff says:

    I am thoroughly enjoying this series!!


  3. Shari,
    this one is a great sketch. At heart I’m a graphite and/or pen and ink kind of guy. beautiful!


    • Thanks for writing Dan. I love pen and ink too, although I always seem to veer towards colour. I think if I had all day to draw and other things didn’t get in the way, I would do an ink drawing and a watercolour every day.


  4. Susan says:

    Not to worry. I’m loving this. And love what you did today. Looking forward to tomorrow.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. 28pwilson says:

    I’m loving the series! As Susan said, looking forward to see what you do tomorrow.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. loisajay says:

    Keep them coming, Shari! I am loving this series.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. joantav says:

    I’m happy with the programming that I’m seeing. Great series!


  8. Sue says:

    Please keep going with the same set up, the more you do the same thing, the more starts to come out, think of Morandi and his bottle drawings.Thanks for the posts


  9. Bernadette says:

    If you painted a violin without strings……you…could….
    ….. make it sing. Your work is beautiful, NEVER boring or of the ho hum variety.

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Carolyn Smith says:

    These are all very nice but I’m waiting for the casein. I purchased some casein paints on a whim because I wanted to try something different and I read the dried paint can be polished which interested me. Are they difficult to use?
    Have you ever tried buffing a casein painting?


    • HI Carolyn, I did post a casein yesterday. Not sure if you saw it. Yes, it does take some getting used to. I definitely need to learn more about it. Read my post. They are a bit difficult to use but I don’t dislike them. I have never tried or heard about anyone buffing a casein painting. I’ll have to look that up!


  11. jankto says:

    I am enchanted by this one in particular. How did you do this? What was your starting point?


    • Good question. Since there is no pencil on this one, I had to plot it out carefully before I went straight in with ink. I marked the edges of shapes with small ink lines (the edges of pots, the height of the plants, the top and sides of paper towel roll, etc) and then I started in by doing a more detailed drawing. Edges of things mostly, like the pot and bulbs and then the other object. Tones and hatching came last.


  12. Stephanie Descoteaux says:

    Oh. C’est beau! I like your little project. I liked your shiny counter results with just water color and with opaque mix too. It was so nice to be able to compair the two. I really liked seeing the James Gurney influence on your work too.


  13. Ginny says:

    Somehow all these vertical lines turn into a beautiful and cohesive sketch! I’m going to study this one. Wonderfully done, thank you!


  14. msraaka says:

    I like whatever you do. I always learn something or get inspired.


  15. TonyU says:

    Counter productive, not counterproductive!


  16. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Afternoon Beloved friend Shari ,

    This is a very beautiful sketch.


  17. Denise says:

    Nothing you have done was ever boring to failing to inspire. This series is no exception!

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Jeff Gold says:

    I love the textures you’ve created. The values are beautiful. What did you use? Mechanical pencil?


  19. Lee Kline says:

    I appreciate your use of the word “documenting.” For some time, now, I have been thinking of my journaling and sketching as a form of autobiography. We let others into our lives, and at the same time, we use our journals as a way of describing to ourselves the meaning of that moment of our drawing. I can look at nearly any drawing and be immediately taken back to a time and place, recalling the weather, the people I was with, my own thoughts about that time and place and so much more. Documenting may be the reason my own drawings are of changing subjects, ideas, points of view and so on. So even if Vincent never wrote his life story, we have it in his paintings and his letters to his brother Theo – as good an autobiography as one could have of that man.

    Your friend, Lee


  20. Iona says:

    As joantav said, the programming is great, no need for me to change the channel. It’s a bright spark to check your posts first thing in the morning and inspiring to see your exploration of different mediums. Keep them coming for as long as you like!


  21. Chris Rusk says:

    Really nice energy.


  22. blessedreams says:

    Wonderful drawing!


  23. Here’s a new project when you’re ready – the feet and hands of everyone in the house. I have already started!


  24. Liz Lystra says:

    I love the drawings. Don’t mind a bit if you keep at them for awhile.


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