A different view

This past year, like many of you, I have been painting my immediate surroundings again and again. And even though it’s nice to get to know your own neighbourhood, sometimes one longs for a different view. Last weekend we were invited to visit friends who have a beautiful lakeside house and garden. The garden is so lush and filled with every sort of perennial you can imagine, but I started by sketching the white birches. I’m always drawn to the subtle colour changes from the shady to the sunny side of these trees.

I also spent some time sketching the shed that’s tucked way back behind the garden. If you look really closely you might even see a wheelbarrow in there somewhere.

21 Comments on “A different view”

  1. Carol says:

    lovely Shari . Have such a soft spot for little cottages or sheds. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. Shari,
    This past year I’ve really enjoyed seeing the watercolor sketches in your blog. They brighten my day as well as giving me inspiration to paint my neighborhood!

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  3. susie langley says:

    Love the little shed.


  4. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    These are so lovely! My favorite kind of views.


  5. TonyU says:

    Lovely sketches of a beautiful garden. and sounds like a great weekend. Couldn’t spot a wheelbarrow but love the barbecue!


  6. Bernadette says:

    Both works are gorgeous! I especially like the fresh clean washes. I too often get muddy due to overworking. Lately my good friends tell me when to STOP! I couldn’t find the wheelbarrow either even after putting on glasses. Where or where is it, left or right? Give us a clue please.
    Thanks as always, to continue to inspire me and countless others to get out and paint.


    • Bernadette, I’m afraid my hidden wheelbarrow is so subtle no one managed to see it. It’s in the sheltered area on the left. Just a tiny oval!


      • Bernadette says:

        I would have guessed it was on the right side behind the grill. Even knowing now that it is on the left, I can’t seem to figure that out!
        No matter….it’s a great painting.The colors and transparency are wonderful. It’s a happy painting.


  7. Northern Traveller says:

    Lovely paintings Shari.
    This looks like a well loved & cherished spot. Nice composition on the birches 😊.


  8. Jane says:

    Wonderful paintings, as usual. I’ve signed up for the Madeline Island workshop and am looking forward to meeting you and the other artists!


    • Jane, that is wonderful. I am so excited for the workshop, to see old friends and make new ones. And of course to be sketching in that beautiful location!! See you in less than a month!


  9. Theresa says:

    Is the wheelbarrow in the shadow to the right of the BBQ, or is this a trick question to make us look very closely Shari? I don’t see it anywhere else.
    Thank you for sharing your lovely work


    • Hi Theresa, The wheelbarrow is on the left under the shorter roof, in the storage area. I don’t think it’s very obvious, but it’s there. I really had trouble scanning this so I think it gets lost in all the browns!! Thanks for trying to find it!!


  10. Nice paintings, it looks like a very lush garden!!


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