Bus stop

If you live in New York or Massachusetts, or anywhere in the Northeast, you are likely being hit by a snowstorm today. That storm is headed our way tomorrow, so I went out to sketch today while the sun was shining. Early this morning the outside temperature was -16°C so it was chilly in the car, but not as cold as it was for this guy waiting for the bus. On a cold winter day, during a pandemic, you don’t have to worry too much about getting a likeness when you draw a pedestrian. Between the mask, the hat and the balaclava, there are no faces to be seen. Just do your best to capture the posture of a frozen person huddled inside his parka, trying to stay warm until the bus arrives.

30 Comments on “Bus stop”

  1. Mary Maness says:

    Very nice Shari. It certainly captures the “cold and crisp” mood.



  2. Linda Uphus says:

    I love your choice of colors!!! My question is when you went to draw this scene… what do you draw first?


    • Hi Linda,
      For this one, I started with the utility pole. I often do that first because then I measure everything horizontally according to how that is placed on the page. The man appeared much later in the drawing but I could add him in too because I hadn’t started painting yet. I am hoping to film a little car sketching video of this so you may even get to see it!

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  3. Y.B. De Ridder says:

    Well said! And thank you for reminding me!


  4. I agree with Mary’s comment.
    Did you use your new favourite pen for this? I like the lettering, looks like you were having fun with that.


  5. jankto says:

    You captured the cold so well. It makes me shiver just looking at it. I can hear the snow squeaking too. Brrrr. The yellow house with the red parka in front draw me in.


  6. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    Love this scene! Rain where I live. But, a new month, and a bright attitude!


  7. Judy Sopher says:

    Another great painting. The yellow building adds warmth tho to a chilly scene. The snow is coming down here in Lancaster, Pa. fairly heavy now. Another day of this is expected. Meanwhile I am finishing your class on boats and ready for another. Who needs TV?


  8. TonyU says:

    Great dedication to the job in hand! You and the guy waiting for the bus!


  9. Bernadette says:

    Excellent, so much happening in this frosty scene. The colors are great, the yellow house and shadows that spill across the street hold this gem together. The guy at the bus stop adds so much interest. I wonder if he noticed you drawing. I think he would be very pleased with the outcome of your finished work.


    • Bernadette, I always make things look a little closer than they are. Not sure why, but I do. He was quite a distance away, and it was so cold I bet he was just trying to stay warm. Thanks so much for writing!


  10. Denise says:

    I just love your winter scenes, and this is no exception!


  11. joantav says:

    You captured his posture and the mood of this so well. Yes, we are in the midst of the snowstorm. I haven’t gone outside but from my estimates from my front door we’ve already had about 11 inches and the snow is expected to continue until tomorrow morning. It was too white today today to sketch or paint any of it, and there were no shadows. Maybe tomorrow will be a better day for that.


  12. ALAN BOHNE says:

    Very nice Meredith

    Sent from my iPad



  13. Sue McKee says:

    This painting takes me right back to living in Quebec – which I loved. Such a charming painting – Your courses are wonderful – thanks – look forward to doing one of your courses in person – Sue McKee


  14. Nice painting of a guy waiting out on the street. I really like the elements you added with the pen.


  15. Gerry Draper says:

    I love that you have captured the essence of a particular time and place – as you do in all your paintings. I do so appreciate your daily posts, showing us that we can paint from our cars or go inside and paint vegetables, flowers, pets, or anything on our counters! Thank you for being a continual inspiration and encouragement to us!

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