Dining Room in Vermont


Dining Room in Vermont

I continued today to use photos as the basis of my sketch. This is from the dining room of friends who live in Vermont. I liked the look and feel of the room and thought the way the sunlight entered the room from the lower left side set it off nicely.

I have been doing more analysis of the photos I draw from than I do of a scene when live sketching. There is something about looking at the photo that makes me worry about placing the objects down in a way that conforms to the photo. The photo has one point of view and that is all I see.  When live sketching I turn my head and shift my view as I develop the composition from the range of what I see.

This is a pastel and gouache sketch.

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6 Responses to Dining Room in Vermont

  1. Sheila says:

    Utterly FABULOUS!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lisa says:

    Sally, this is really very cool. It’s such a shame you won’t give it to me! 😉

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Anna says:

    This one gives me a feeling of something a bit surreal, like a tinge of being inside a storybook or Coraline. Maybe something about the room’s self-containedness.


    • Hi Anna, I think the brushstrokes on the carpet, which move on the diagonal, might be what gives it a surreal feeling. Had the brushstrokes moved side to side horizontally, it might be more grounded. Thank you for the comment, it helps me think about my work.


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