Window Shopping

Berkeley Shop Window (larger)

I made this sketch from my car yesterday while waiting for an appointment. It was fun to do!

Shop windows are great to draw: interesting and colorful, and they hold still too 🙂 . I did some others on my recent Pasadena trip and also the one below in Italy, in 2001.

Shop window, Santa Margerita, Italy (larger)

21 Responses to “Window Shopping”

  1. miguel Says:

    assolutamente incantevole!

  2. janey Says:

    I’ll take the middle outfit. I love the colors and the way you did the glass.

  3. andreaj Says:

    These are great.
    Great great great!

  4. Mariana Says:

    These are absolutely lovely! What inks did you use? I so wish I could do work like these, wonderful.

  5. Steve Says:

    I’m really inspired by your idea to draw the contents of store windows. I enjoy your work!

  6. Karen Blados Says:

    martha, these are just beautiful. i really like the limited palette and the way you handled the glass. stunning!

  7. Claudia Says:

    …interesting idea to draw shop windows!!! It turned out nicely! And the experiment with the different drawings styles was interesting, too!
    Kind regards!

  8. Jane LaFazio Says:

    yea, I’m impressed too, how you handled the shop window glass. Great idea!

  9. Casey Says:

    What a great idea, Martha – shop windows! These are lovely, and you’ve opened up a whole new category for me.

  10. martha Says:

    Thank you everyone for your encouraging comments!

    I did the top sketch in about 30 minutes: 10 for the ink and 20 for the color. I don’t always have time to do the color on site and often add it later (the same day if at all possible), but this time I was able to paint on site.

  11. Jan Says:

    Martha, I think I may have missed going to your site before…your drawings are really marvelous! I especially like the way you handled the background & shopglass window! How long did it take you to do that? I fear I would have labored for too long…I’ve got to start practicing quick sketching!!

  12. Karen at Pen in Hand Says:

    These are great. I’m wondering if you do the color on the spot or if you add it later?

  13. Douglas Cootey Says:

    I am amazed at how you utilize idle time. You are an inspiration to me. Thank you.


  14. Ronell Says:

    Great windowshopping. Great on the colors and reflections in the first one.

  15. Anastasia Says:

    Lovely style!
    Great sketches – the way you did the window glass is great!

  16. sandy Says:

    So bright and colorful and beautifully drawn – I love your style.

  17. Joan Says:

    Enjoyed these a lot. Inspires me to go shopping for something pretty – I’m tired of shopping only at our usual haunts – Home Depot and the like. Just joined this sketchbook party last week and loving it. Thank you for sharing! I had no idea there were so many sketchbook enthusiasts out there. Lovin’ it. I have dabbled in sketchbooking, but mostly do a digital picture journal with stories of our travels, motorhoming, family, etc. But as a watercolorist (student) I’m now inspired to jump in w/you all.

  18. Nancy Says:

    They all are great. I’d be proud to have done any of them.

  19. carole Says:

    I love these, particularly the first one! You’ve really got those reflections on the glass.

  20. Rain (Jean Johnson) Says:

    Martha – I really love your Berkeley window sketch. Makes me want to give it a try. I have really enjoyed following your sketching. Rain 😉

  21. lin Says:

    CHARMING! And with such a delicious sensuousness … wonderful, Martha .. I just love seeing your work!!

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