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Friday, December 27, 2013

Corner of Sixth

Urban sketching really connects you to your surroundings in a way that studio painting does not. I haven’t been out in my car to paint for a while (extreme cold weather, lots of snow, holidays, etc.) but drawing this morning reminded of what I like best about being out there, even if it is from the confines of a vehicle. As I painted, it became clear that someone inside the convenience store was watching me. First I could see a silhouette in the window, then the door opened a crack and closed. This happened several times until the man ventured out to the stoop for a smoke. He tried not to stare at me but when I finally lifted up my sketch to show him, a connection was made. He smiled and crossed the street to see it. I guess Montreal is still a fairly safe place because I rolled down my window to talk to him, something that I might have been reluctant to do before I started sketching outdoors. We had a little chat about what I was doing, where else I had sketched, and he had a look through the book. Once his curiosity was satisfied it was pretty much as before — I finished my sketch and he went back to dépanneur business.


9 comments:

Jennifer (Recovering Perfectionist) said...

Beautiful!

Serena Lewis said...

You've captured a lovely freshness to this sketch. Nice!

Sandy's drawing room said...

Beautiful sketch. From the description, you seemed to find the man most interesting: it would have been great to have seen him too!

Sandy's drawing room said...

Beautiful sketch. From the description, you seemed to find the man most interesting: it would have been great to have seen him too!

kumi matsukawa said...

Terrific snowscape depiction!

Maike Bohlen said...

Dear Shari, i enjoy your paintings very much. Sharp, precise and colorful. And i wonder about your palette color choice. Maybe you could be so kind one day to discuss this theme?
Would be nice! Greetings from the very north of germany

Ladybird said...

I would have been so happy to meet you sketching around here! ;)

Shari Blaukopf said...

Thanks all for the nice comments.
Maike: this is done mostly with Alizarin crimson, Azo yellow and Cerulean blue. I refilled my palette recently and had a big blog of crimson that overflowed, hence the overly red hue but hey, why not make use of it?

Maike Bohlen said...

Thanks, Shari. I already guessed it could be cerulean but was not sure about the red. It seemed warm but too clear for cadmium. Alizarin is an all-time favorite of mine and i feel a bit addicted. But everytime i try to get rid of it someone somewhere shows how versatile it is.
Happy new year!

 
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