This is the view from almost every window in my house this week — giant icicles hanging from the eaves. They probably should be knocked down but they are so beautiful I leave them and watch them change shape. I also keep taking photos for friends and family members who are in tropical places, just to show them what they are missing. But after I sent the last photo I thought that perhaps I should try to draw them. They are surprisingly hard to depict. They’re light in value but transparent in places and opaque in others. I guess the key is to convey what you can see through them. Luckily I have a tree in the backyard. Sketched in pencil in my Hahnemuhle A4 sketchbook.

9 Comments on “Icicles”

  1. Jean A Paterson says:

    Shari, these are “chill” !
    You met this challenge superbly!


  2. Claire Meggs says:

    I have never seen an artist rendering of icicles. You did a good job capturing a hard subject.


  3. Mary says:

    Very Coo! No pun intended. Mary


  4. Denise says:

    I guess you can’t see the wheelbarrow through them, but another amazing drawing from you. Thanks!


  5. Great job on a difficult subject! Fun to see the changes in opacity.


  6. jankto says:

    These are beautiful. Pencil is exactly perfect for conveying this cold beauty. I can imagine a whole series of these. Like you, I know they should be knocked down, and take photos, but it never occurred to me to try to draw/paint them!


  7. Judy Sopher says:

    Lovely drawing.I can feel the ice. We had our first snow yesterday. This is not usual weather–been too warm of a winter for me. You can send some icicles this way.


  8. Ginny says:

    I looked at this and ran to get my sweater! Thank you!


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