Counter life 7

Of all the different experiments I have done in this series, this is the one I enjoyed the least. Took me a while to figure out why and then I realized that it was the one that reminded most of WORK. When I started out as a graphic designer/advertising art director many moons ago, and even before that in university, we sketched out all our ideas with markers. Even though I’ve had a beautiful set of 48 Pitt Artist brush pens on my desk for ages, I’ve been reluctant to use them. Working with markers brings back unpleasant memories of long hours, tight deadlines and demanding clients. If you’ve worked in advertising, you’ll know what I mean.

21 Comments on “Counter life 7”

  1. Denise says:

    Hi Shari! Maybe you didn’t like this version, but I enjoy all the colors in it. Also, maybe you didn’t like”work”, but this shows that you’re good at what you do!


  2. Soni says:


    I know exactly what you mean –



  3. 64mark says:

    Shari, question about your SKETCHING STRUCTURE IN THE GARDEN class. I’d like to do it but not sure when. Is it something that stays posted somewhere (e.g. YouTube) a long time or is it possibly in a format that allows me to download and complete at my leisure…who knows when. BTW, my schedule isn’t your problem.

    Thanks much


    Don Markofski Artist & Designer eMail: web: PH: 909-593-8540 ________________________________


    • HI Don, Thanks for checking. The class is always available to you once you purchase it. I am using a very reliable platform from and I am very happy with it, so as long as I don’t take the course down, it will always be available to students. There are 11 lessons in the course, and I designed it that way so that you can watch one part at a time, at your leisure. Some people paint along, and others watch and paint later. I hope that helps. Shari


  4. Shari, you found a way to overcome and make this sketch work. There is so much to look for on the counter. I am wondering if any objects are hiding behind another.


  5. Bernadette says:

    I’m liking the colors, the veggies and cans. I also notice that the tops of the flowers are missing….my guess is that they have finally wilted. So, we got to enjoy them while they were fresh. I’m grateful that my daffodils are still in bloom in my front yard. Also glad that the deer who frequent our yard….DON’T like them!


  6. Pat says:

    too funny Shari…this is the one i liked best!


  7. -N- says:

    Been there, done that! Worse were those who signed off on the accuracy of the typesetting, and then complained about the words they had left mispelled! Still, this is a very nice picture!

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  8. Betsy says:

    Beautiful, varied, and expressive, even though done with those single-toned, rather unforgiving tools — and while in an uninspiring state of mind, to boot! Great inspiration.


  9. Judith Mitchell Miller says:

    This is beautiful. It’s my favorite picture in the countertop series. The colors on the cans and reflections are lovely. What a great idea to paint the same subject with different media!


  10. joantav says:

    Having never really worked with markers I’ll just say that this is great! I don’t that have that prejudice about the markers…I just enjoy the beauty!


  11. Yes, I know what you mean. Oddly enough, I was sharing my career path story with a young design graduate the other day and telling him about comping all the visuals. I think he was dumbfounded.
    Well executed, regardless of your feelings for the medium.
    I eagerly await the next in the series.


  12. Pastor Cathy says:

    Counter life 7
    48 Pitt Artist brush pens


  13. Judy Sopher says:

    Sorry you like it the least as I think it is one of your best counter paintings. I have just started working with watercolor brush pens and enjoying them. In this painting,t he color and composition are great. I like the combination of line plus paint. Makes me wish I had gone into graphic art.


  14. TonyU says:

    Bad memories maybe, but that dragon’s slain now. And you clearly haven’t lost the touch!


  15. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear friend Shari,

    Very beautiful sketch and I love those colors and specially use of grey color, tinned food, vegetables, etc.

    Thanks for sharing this beautiful art.



  16. M. L. Kappa says:

    Stil à Nice sketch, Shari! I don’t use my tombow markers that much, either…


  17. Jeff Gold says:

    Too bad you feel that way about it because it really “pops” with color and directness in the drawing. Love the contrast of colors and wonderful handling of surface reflections.


  18. Chris Rusk says:

    I hear you too 🙂


  19. This is the very best Shari – your countertop is always
    fascinating. Wonderful colours.


  20. Liz Lystra says:

    I do love the finished piece but understand why you don’t. Been there and the most frustrating was when you finally finished and they changed their mind about what they wanted. So glad I am retired.


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