Cabourons are the rounded hills in the Kamouraska region of Quebec. I never had a chance to paint them when I was there this summer but I thought they might make a good subject for my second try at oil painting. This attempt is on a smaller canvas (8″ x 8″) and the subject matter is a little more amorphous, allowing me to get used to the paint without worrying about structure. I am not quite sure why I picked a street scene for my first try with this new medium. Foolish idea! Today I felt a little more in control of the colours and the thickness of the paint. I guess I’ll just keep plodding along with this.


33 Comments on “Cabourons”

  1. Tracey says:

    This one is wonderful too. I loved your street scene and your inspiration from Roos Schuring. I love the simplicity of her scenes and wonderful greys. Really cool to be in the Netherlands this summer and see it for myself.


  2. Tracey Mardon says:

    Just a Thank you for putting your post in my inbox each day. It’s a pleasure to get it! I forwarded it to my son’s girlfriend who is from Montreal and she’s enjoying them as well.

    All the Best


    Tracey Mardon


  3. John Wright says:

    You are making an amazing transition Shari. Only one thing missing….your signiture


  4. Great work! Do you remember what the palette was?


  5. #NkemTheNigerian says:

    You’re so talented Shari. I have to admit, I never gave much thought to the oil medium but you’re bringing me round real nicely.


  6. marctaro says:

    Hey no fair – practicing the oils without me!


  7. Angie Macleod says:

    Is that the salt marshes in front? The view to to right of the light house? I have a sketch that is not yet painted, very similar! Nice work in oils though.


  8. Linda Daily says:

    I think your watercolor skills are transferring to oils very well.This looks like your “style”, just different and lovely,by the way. You are brave to take on oils. I have thought of it from time to time.


    • Thanks Linda. That’s what I was hoping for. That the painting would look like my other paintings, but in oil. I may be brave to take on oils but crazy to post my first attempts. Hopefully I will laugh at these later on when I get a bit more skilled at this.


  9. Lyn Seley says:

    Have you seen any of Catherine Gill’s work, not sure if it’s the palette or the shapes but something about this reminded me of her. I’m taking a workshop with her in Maine next fall, watercolor and pastel together which can give a kind of oil painting look……but without the drying time!


  10. azergo24 says:

    Lovely transition. your oils look like watercolor!


  11. jane says:

    I love this painting Shari — your skills have transferred extremely well… hum! This is giving me an idea? Once you have enough practice with this new medium, as I have never ever tried oil either, this would give you an great opportunity to give a workshop? Pretty please? LOL!


  12. Sue says:

    I really liked the street scene and thought it was very brave of you to go there first. This one is nice too though. You are such an inspiration to me! Thank you as always for sharing your journey with us. Best Regards Always.


  13. Rooi says:

    good lord…


  14. Jody says:

    Nice work, clean clear color, believable space, interesting shapes. On another note, it seems that Nina Johasson has not posted for a while. Is it just me or did she move her blog site? If anyone has info, I’d like to know. Thanks, Jody


    • Thanks Jody. I have no news about Nina but she is a teacher so she’s probably just busy with school stuff.


      • Jody says:

        Thanks Shari! you are so right about being a busy teacher and and it is cold and dark in Stockholm now. We who enjoy the blogs of you very generous artists go through withdrawals if too much time goes by between posts. Thanks for all the inspiration. Jody


  15. Louise, Montréal says:

    Shari, your oil paintings are as inspiring as the watercolour ones.
    C’est très lumineux aussi, comme vos aquarelles.


  16. dezabaleta says:

    Excellent !


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