Lean-to

In the woods near my house, someone has been constructing these makeshift lean-to shelters. They appear and disappear from month to month, and I wonder who the architect is. They’re quite beautiful, especially in winter. I painted this quite large (Arches CP 16″ x 20″) because I wanted to include all the details that make the overlapping branches so interesting. It’s a little more detailed than my usual way of working, but the subject seemed to require that.


59 Comments on “Lean-to”

  1. Laura B. says:

    You have beautifully and expertly captured this winter scene. Very inspiring!

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  2. Bernadette says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I love your winter scenes but this one takes the cake. It is stunning.

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  3. tylaraduncan says:

    I’d say influenced by Etienne-Joseph Gaboury but he was influenced by something like this originally.

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  4. 64mark says:

    Yep, sure looks like a lean-to, Certainly has to be humad-made, or a very bright ‘Canadian Monkey.’

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  5. William Rogers says:

    More great work Shari, congrats!

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  6. This is so…luminous! I’m taking your online course right now, Sketching Boats: Simple Solutions for a Complex Scene, so I’m thinking about how aspects of that strategy would work for complex subjects like your beautiful winter scenes. This is really something, so much color in those branches.

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    • Kathryn, thanks for having a look, and for taking the courses! The simplification and limited palette I teach in the Sketching Boats course would definitely be applicable in this scene.

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  7. Audrey Booher says:

    You can make even a bunch of branches a beautiful painting!!! Thank you for sharing with us!!

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  8. Rene Wojcik says:

    Many, many years ago when I was a kid in Michigan I would make lean-to’s in the winter in the nearby forest. No reason, kids don’t need a reason.

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  9. lois says:

    This is beautiful, Shari. The way you painted each individual branch–it’s a beauty!

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  10. Marsha says:

    Lovely!

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  11. Gretta says:

    So simple and beautiful!!!!

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  12. Tami says:

    Your winter scenes, especially with the sunlight are the BEST! Thanks for sharing

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  13. Northern Traveller says:

    This is a beautiful rendering Shari and lovely placement of the quinn golds (?).
    How wonderful to come across such whimsy in your daily walks, in the bleak midwinter…..very happy-making I’m sure.

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  14. sandidureice says:

    This is a really pretty painting.

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  15. Linda Murray says:

    Shari, your winter paintings are wonderful! This one is more detailed- I wouldn’t even know where to start, all those branches! Love it!

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  16. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    It is lovely!

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  17. Marilyn Hansen says:

    So beautiful Shari! I love your shadows and the snow looks so lucious. What is the color or mix you have been using for shadows and snow?

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  18. Joyce Smith says:

    Hi Shari, we have then here in my local woods in Surrey, UK , too. Someone starts one, people add to it then someone starts another one nearby and the branches gradually get moved to the new one day by day! They’re not covered in snow though!

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  19. Ian Lewis says:

    Hi Shari

    I love the mauve colours you’ve used in this painting. On the matter of the lean to shelters – check out YouTube on this one if you’re curious. The Sasquatch/Bigfoot build structures like this throughout America and Canada in wooded/forested areas. There is plenty of video footage regarding this.

    Cheers Ian ________________________________

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  20. Gigi says:

    This is very like the structures my now-adult step-sons built in the woods around their chldhood home. Here and there one will appear when walking through the woods, sparking fond reminiscence for their father.

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    • Gigi, I suspect these were built by neighbourhood teens who go to the woods to hang out in the evenings. But I have yet to see anyone building one of these. I guess I don’t venture into the woods at night : )

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  21. susie says:

    Shari, I really like this painting. Great color and texture in these trees & branches.
    Thank you!!! It is interesting that yesterday I happened to visit one of your paintings of trees
    in winter — the one with the old wire fence.

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  22. Judy Sopher says:

    Can’t stop staring at this one. Amazing.What was your palette?

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  23. Connie Renaud says:

    Shari, your winter scenes are beautiful! Thank you for sharing.

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  24. Gail Jones says:

    Beautiful work here Shari, so glad I have your winter tutorial to work on soon.

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  25. I like how the collection of branches gives a strong movement to the left when most of the trees lean slightly right. This is really lovely. Great shadows too!

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  26. Cat Fink says:

    It gives me such pleasure to see your work show up in my email box. Thank you, and hugs!

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  27. Betsy says:

    Wow, just wow. What wonderful soft colors you have pulled from the winter woods. I also love how you captured the bluish tones of the branches in shadow.

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  28. susie langley says:

    This is a beauty! Love the detail and colors. It really paid off!! Thanks!

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  29. Must be the same folks who build driftwood shelters on the beaches in Oregon (there I think it’s too make windbreaks!). I love how you handled the branches!

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  30. Lynn Holbein says:

    How beautiful and so three-dimensional!

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  31. Martha Draves says:

    I loved seeing your drawing and paint layers on your instagram story. Would love to see them recorded here.

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