Edited by necessity

When I posted this sketch on Instagram earlier today, someone commented about the way I edit a scene to simplify it. But that was not the case for this. I was sitting in full sun, which I really dislike, so I had to abbreviate my paint strokes. I edited out the details in the far shore because I couldn’t wait to move to the shade, although I started off in the sun because the view from that spot was so perfect. One boat, one reflection. A great little vignette. I’ve painted this boat before but the result was overworked and lacked the spontaneity of this one. Maybe sitting in an umcomfortable spot isn’t so bad after all, if it forces you to simplify.

I used a limited palette on this, again, not intentionally. Cobalt Blue and Burnt Sienna had overflowed on my mixing tray after I filled my palette this morning and I had to use them up. Sketched in an Etchr Perfect Sketchbook, A4 size.

26 Comments on “Edited by necessity”

  1. Chris Carter says:

    Fabulous! I’m laughing. I’ve often found that a situation that forces me into discomfort is exactly what I need to make a giant step forward.


  2. Sara Tarr says:

    Here’s a question for gouache and watercolor. I have an illness that requires I wrap my left hand and arm. I have to use lotion or, worse, oil. Getting the fingerprints on gouache I’d the worst because it spreads and ruins the paint after. Getting fingerprints on the paper for gouache and watercolor is also pretty ruinous to the surface. What do you do in the normal progress of working with these media? I’m doing your flowers now, but using gouache too…it’s fun😎 Sara


    • Hi Sara, I have ruined many a good sketch by putting sunscreen on. I get it on my hands and then my hands touch the paper, and the sunscreen (or sometimes hand cream in winter) acts as a resist on the paper. And when you paint on it, it is like you’ve put wax on the paper, making it impossible for the paint to get absorbed. Have you considered wearing white cotton gloves? Or using a clean sheet of paper under your hand? Looking forward to seeing your gouache flowers!!


  3. Gretta Benson says:

    You make it look oh so easy! That’s talent!


  4. IRENE Reinhold says:

    This is so perfect. You caught the essence of the boat. I will secretly copy this over and over until I gt it. I don’t know why I have such a hard time with boats and water. Practice practice….. I guess.


    • Irene, thank you. I think my aim when I did this was to capture the essence of the boat and reflection in as few strokes as possible. Just keep practicing! And try to simplify the reflections as much as possible!


  5. Bernadette says:

    Gorgeous, so fresh and spontaneous. I so appreciate your daily posts that encourage me in many ways. Continued practice is the key I believe.


  6. Chris Rusk says:

    Really nice, I love the colours, the light and your quick strokes.


  7. Laura says:

    No matter how you got there its very nice!


  8. susie langley says:

    Like the simplicity and freshness of this painting. Thanks Shari


  9. SasalaRW says:

    That’s a great point! I tend to instictively gravitate to a comfortable place to sketch – sometimes to the detriment of the composition/lighting etc. I actually perform better under pressure – I should use this to my advantage when sketching 🙂


  10. There must’ve been some magic in those old paint tubes that day. Cause when she added H2O the brush began to play. (To the tune of Frosty the Snowman).

    Thanks for sharing this lovely painting.
    Oliver mckinney

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  11. deedster56 says:

    Aww, so peaceful. And to think you had to be uncomfortable to achieve that grace. Wonderful. I am hoping to learn how to create something similar to those amazing water reflections in your Still Rushing Falling Water Course 👏


  12. I love that you focused on the one boat…and that reflection is awesome!


  13. Me encanta el caracter de la simplicaocin, felicidades….


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