Dappled light, Summer days

You know it’s summer when your yellow, gold and green paints run out before your Payne’s grey ( goodbye winter and spring!)
Summer is lots of outdoor sketching, hikes and art shows. Sometimes I paint in the warm sunlight. And sometimes the light is so bright, I leave it out and paint in the cool shadows for contrast.

Geraniums in bloom, downtown Saratoga.
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Orange plastic webbing contrasts with the greens and browns of foliage at the end of a trail. Stanford, Palo Alto.Image

A hike up the hills at Stanford to see the huge radiotelescope that’s referred to as just ‘The Dish’.
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Downtown Los gatos on a sunny but windy day.Image

You can see more of my summer sketches on my flickr streamĀ here.

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About Suhita Shirodkar

obsessive-sketcher. graphic designer.
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12 Responses to Dappled light, Summer days

  1. These are beautiful. I love people who can paint like this, it’s quite a talent you have.

  2. John Wright says:

    I really like the strong, pure colours. I’m working hard to ‘amp up’ my palette and looking at your work is really helpful.

  3. Lee Kline says:

    Beautiful geraniums. Is that BLUE ROCK SHOOT coffee in Saratoga?

  4. Jane Hannah says:

    I love your vibrant colours… mine look so faded compared. You inspire me ;-)

  5. Jane Hannah says:

    Could you let me know what type of watercolours that you buy? Are they Winsor & Newton? Or another brand? I find that your colours are so vibrant, and that mine are so faded ;-(

    • Jane, I use Windsor and Newton, but only the artist brand, not the Cotman colors: they artist brand have MUCH more pigment than the Cotman. And I’m not a stickler for how I use them: so if I want a really vibrant shade right out of the box, I’ll use a color straight out of the tube; something that’s a big no-no with most watercolor purists

  6. Melissa says:

    I am curious–in the Los Gatos picture, for instance, did you do the ink first and then the watercolor? or did you watercolor first and then add the ink details after? Usually I can tell, but not on this. Thanks!

  7. Sue Pownall says:

    Fabulous sketches. You have really captured summer in these.

  8. violetski says:

    Fabulous sketches. I’m so lucky to found your blogā¤

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