Red coat

The first snow of the season usually disappears quickly, but what a gift to find that the snow from yesterday’s storm is still on the ground this morning. I rushed out to paint something, anything, with a bit of snow on it. My old parking spots on Avenue Sainte Anne in Pointe Claire Village have disappeared thanks to some new condo buildings, but luckily I found an interesting scene of a parking lot behind some storefronts on Lakeshore Road. It’s a busy place in the morning because the building on the right is a drugstore, so there’s lots of activity in that parking lot in the back.

When it’s a constantly changing scene like this, I lock in the important parts — or rather the moving parts — of the drawing first. That means I draw the cars and the man in the red coat first and then add in buildings, road and trees. While I sat there at least ten different cars pulled in and out, but I had my drawing and I stuck with it.

Colours in winter are soft, so for this I used mostly Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Quinacridone Rose and Raw Sienna. With those I can get the soft tones of walls and sky as well as the wonderful slushy greys for the road. Sketched on a block of Hahnemuhle The Collection Watercolour paper, CP.


18 Comments on “Red coat”

  1. Gretta says:

    You are amazing!!!! Very inspiring!!!

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  2. kgkiddey says:

    A true November sky. Your washes are beautiful!

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  3. Sue Anne Bottomley says:

    Just a lovely dance of neutrals, and bits of warm reds. The dry brush on rough paper in the foreground makes perfect snowy bits on pavement.

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  4. Jane says:

    Love this! You can make a beautiful painting out of any scene!

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  5. Linda Murray says:

    Wow! Wonderful Shari! I feel like I’m there- ditto what Jane said 👍😁

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  6. Lori says:

    Soooo Wonderful!…..again:)

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  7. Rita Cleary says:

    Love this one, Shari! Nice light…and of course the red pops. I especially like the way you put some interest in the road.

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  8. Excellent capture of the atmosphere today. What an interesting composition. That’s a great jumble of shapes you choose to sketch. The cars are very well done. Lots of practice, right? I loved that car lesson in your Light and Shadows course.

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  9. -N- says:

    I just realized one of the reasons I enjoy your paintings so much – you take the quoitidien and make it more than ordinary. Today I started appreciating my bit of suburbia a lot more than I have in the past! Knowing the colors you are using and methodology adds to the enjoyment of a lovely bit of daily life. Thanks!

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  10. Michael B says:

    Love your style. Enjoy the posts.

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  11. Judy Sopher says:

    This is exactly the sky we had here these last two days. Late fall-early winter always sets a mood to me. I love this painting. Will this be a print?

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  12. Jason Mullins says:

    You are so inspiring! I signed up for another one of your courses, Urban Winter. It has answered some of the questions I had with regards to watercolors such as the amount of paint vs water, what to work on first and letting stuff dry before continuing…just to name a few. Thanks so much. You’re the best!!

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  13. Thanks for explaining your process and your colors. Glad there was a little snow left to surprise you in the morning.

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