Two days of sketches

As promised, I did create some swatches with my Quinacridone Coral. Not a very scientific method, I’ll admit, because I was sitting on the beach and using a container of dirty water to clean my brush. But this did help to show me that this is a great colour for a tropical scene. I also used it to create some warmth in the shadows on the little vignette of the house and palms.

The beach is my favourite place for people sketching. I sketch them as they stand near the shore watching the pelicans dive. I also try to capture them as they walk down the beach. Sometimes I sketch the same person in several positions, like the woman reading her book in a recliner — sitting up and then turning over and leaning on her elbows. My go-to flesh colour for light skin is Burnt Sienna, diluted to match how sunburned the models are.

I also had a chance to sketch another Fort Myers home this morning. I never get tired of the shapes of palm trees and how they add a vertical contrast to the sprawling houses in the area.

27 Comments on “Two days of sketches”

  1. karim waked says:

    That light is magical… thanks for sharing xxx

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  2. Pegret Harrison says:

    These are just wonderful. I used to live on Sanibel and you have captured the beach goers perfectly. I now live in Cape Coral and drive down McGregor Blvd and am blown away by the character of the homes along there. You nailed that one…the lights and shadows and value jumps are amazing.



    • Thanks so much Pegret. There are some really beautiful houses along McGregor. We have driven all the way along from Sanibel, and you’re right, amazing architecture.Thanks for having a look at the sketches!


  3. Denise says:

    You seem to portray these warm sun filled sketches with the same ease you master your Montreal winters. Which do you prefer? Love how you do the palm trees!


    • HI Denise, Good question! I love both! The blues of winter and the yellows of the palm trees. And I will be back to the blues of winter soon enough, but for now, I’m soaking up all the yellows!


  4. Tami says:

    These are so bright, colorful and cheery!!! Me thinks I might be getting some Quin Coral!


  5. Bernadette says:

    The people you sketched are THE BEST! It’s far too cold in Ohio to catch any like images any time soon! Still, quick people sketch studies helps a landscape look more inviting and interesting. Your post today is the nudge I needed to try a page or two of people studies. Thanks so much. Great Fort Myers rendition and wonderful people sketches. Thanks for the inspiration.


  6. Mary Heath says:

    Hi Shari, Mary Heath out here in Anacortes. I hope you are well. It’s great you’ve been traveling!

    Do you have any small sketches for sale of buildings with palm trees in Naples or Ft Myers? If so, could you please (when you have time) send me photos and prices? Don’t need to be large. I think I told you my sister has a cottage in Goodland and works in Naples over the Christmas holiday. I suspect she would love a little painting.

    If you don’t have time just skip this request.

    Can’t wait to have some time to start your gouache sky class! I think a bunch of your fans are taking it.

    Happy holidays to you and your family. Love Mary

    Sent from my iPhone



  7. Donna says:

    Such vibrant colors. I need to get more quin colors. Would it be possible to do a whole painting with quin colors?? Maybe just one dark with them. Great people watching!!! Thank you


    • Hi Donna,
      All the quin colours that I can think of are in the gold, red and pink family. So if you did a painting with them, it would certainly have to be in the warm tones. With at least one dark or a blue or a green, perhaps, as a complement. But it’s an interesting thought.


  8. Joyce Smith says:

    Thanks for sharing your sketches. I’m currently working through the market tutorials and enjoying learning through your inspiring photos. The script tutorials are very helpful, I would probably have avoided signs but know I can see how to tackle them!


  9. susie langley says:

    Thanks Shari … enjoying beach people and color experiments with quin orange.


  10. I get the feeling, from the feeling in these sketches, that you are having a great time!
    Quin Coral is indeed very interesting.


  11. Wow that quinacrodone coral really makes the perfect tropical colour palette. Its definately not tropical in Eastern Ontario right now. The snow is melting today, but the sun never gets high in the sky. Its weird seeing an 8 foot shadow at 1 in the afternoon. Come on spring.


  12. taatule says:

    is the quinacridone coral from Daniel Smith? Tks.


  13. These sketches just make me smile. I can feel the sunshine radiating out of them. I went down to the beach here today…only 2 paraglider and a few people walking too far away to sketch them. I’d prefer to be on Sanibel.


  14. Northern Traveller says:

    This is gorgeous! I love that colour, and I beautiful job on the white house – am ready to move in right now!


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