A new path

Alice the stick-chewing dog leads me to all kinds of places on our walk. This week she pulled me into some recently cleared woods behind a soccer field and next to the neighbourhood pool. Because the city has recently cleaned out the area and put down some mulch on the paths, you can now walk through this tiny square of “wilderness” in the suburbs. You might wonder what there is to paint in these woods on a grey day in January, but when there’s a bit of water I always find it compositionally intriguing. There’s direction, contrast, movement and, most importantly, a path for the eye to follow through the landscape. Painted in the warmth of my studio on a quarter sheet of Winsor & Newton 140 lb Rough paper, using lots of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna.

23 Comments on “A new path”

  1. Lori says:

    Oh yes! Good find, Alice😉


  2. lois says:

    I so enjoy your limited palettes, Shari. Alice received a treat for this great find? 😉


  3. Lynn says:

    Cannot thank you enough for all your past & ongoing posts & artwork. My moment of joy & inspiration each time with appreciation for the commitment it takes. Wishing you a happy, healthy & creative 2023!


  4. Bernadette says:

    I like the change of perspective…not something I would normally consider. You help me see with “different eyes.” You help me see possibilities when I would tun away.
    Thank you for the “teacher in you.”


  5. Cynthia Baird says:

    Nice lesson in composition


  6. Pam Enz says:

    This is a wonderful painting! Here in Minnesota we have had record snowfall and it’s beautiful. I’ve been having so much fun looking at the different blue hues and trying to capture them in my paintings. You do such a great job of that. Your winter demonstration really helped me. Thanks for adding it.


  7. Renee Fittinghoff says:

    I really appreciate your subtle blue greys. This is a color I’ve been trying to “find” in my paint mixtures for San Francisco Bay. To my eye out of the tube blues, and greens for that matter, just ruin a painting!


  8. Judy Sopher says:

    Lovely piece with a lot of movement in your brushwork. What fun to let Alice take the lead.


  9. Chris Rusk says:

    Stunningly beautiful!


  10. I love the tones and texture in the water. And all the wonderful marks.




  11. -N- says:

    While I love to buy all sorts of colors, just because of the inherent magpie, I am finding it so much fun to work with limited palettes, too. Nice find, Alice! Just don’t fall in!


  12. Betsy says:

    What a great tip to look for a bit of water to provide some direction in the composition.


  13. Barry VanDusen says:

    LOVE this one, Shari! The high horizon (giving a sort of tilted up aspect) is very effective and the simplification of the foreground is masterful! BRAVO! -B


    • Barry, you know I always love hearing from you. Thanks!! Hope you are well and hope the MA winter is not too harsh.


      • Barry VanDusen says:

        Thanks, Shari! And, I agree with you on Strathmore Gemini- it’s a really nice sheet,but it’s the ONLY Strathmore watercolor paper that I use. Your LOVELY recent painting of Pointe Claire Village shows what Gemini can do! Congrats on the Salamagundi invite!!! -B


  14. gramaspaint says:

    Love all your work, Shari. 


    div>Bought your winter bundle. Now I just need enough time to do it. 👵🏻




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  15. Love this! The water gives a nice, irregular dark path through the composition. This is one of my recent favorites.


  16. Good Morning dear friend Shari,

    It is nice you got an intelligent Alice as your art scope guide.
    This image is wonderful with the depth of field well drawn making it a very natural scene.



  17. Elias Traboulsi says:

    Gorgeous pond


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