January 6, 2013

Views from the road

I have always loved the sketches that Virginia Hein does on the road in California, so on a recent trip through northern Vermont I thought I'd try out the exercise. I had this notion that I would have these mountain vistas in front of me for many minutes at a time and I would be able to capture them before another view opened up. But I was wrong about how long they lasted. It was mere seconds and then the scene would be different. In essence I had to take a photo in my head of what was in front of me, make a few quick pencil marks and then try to paint from memory. Each of these probably took 5-10 minutes and it was an excellent exercise in mixing colour and putting values down quickly.







15 comments :

June said...

I find these VERY inspirational! Good work!

Marcia Milner-Brage said...

Before I read your words, I thought Virginia was on a road trip on the other side of the continent! Although the style of painting is totally and unmistakably yours, Shari. Great set!

INMA SERRANO said...

I agree with Marcia, Shari. They are so special. The colors and style are yours 100% and I can feel the pleasure of traveling through that place watching your watercolors.

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VHein said...

Absolutely beautiful, Shari! So right--like taking a snapshot to hold the memory long enough to catch the shape-value-color impression. I love your light touch and sure sense of color in these expansive sketches!

Asuka Kagawa said...

Beautiful! I love how you captured the light.

Asuka Kagawa said...

Beautiful! I love how you captured the light.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks so much June. Marcia, it's very funny that you thought these were Virginia's. Thanks Asuka! Virginia, thank you for your constant inspiration. Inma, so glad you like them!

3eCheval said...

They are, how should I say, so accurate. I have lived in Northern Vermont for some years, and looking at those sketches has made me completely nostalgic.

Asnee said...

great vista indeed, love all of them:-)

Shari Blaukopf said...

Vermont is one of my favority places 3eCheval. How lucky you are to have lived there.
Thanks so much Asnee!

Marisa O. said...

Very, very beautiful. I like all of them, the points of view, the composition, the colors....You´re lucky to travel in such extraordinary Vermont´s landscapes.

Teresa Giménez Pous said...

Beautiful. I like the colors, light and stains.

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thank you both Teresa and Marisa!

Beth said...

Totally evocative of places I know well, Shari. I've tried to do that too (only with charcoal pencils) so I know how difficult it is! Your sketches are really successful.