Petty Harbour

Travelling around Newfoundland you are constantly reminded of the collapse of the cod fishery in the 1992. It was a sad time for Newfoundlanders and to this day cod stocks have not returned. Today on the dock in Petty Harbour there were recreational fisherman with bins of five fish each — that’s the daily limit this year — and I watched them slice off fat filets and toss the bloody carcasses back in the water. This is cod season, and it lasts only a few weeks. Petty Harbour is one of the oldest European settlements in North America, and was no doubt a thriving fishing community before the moratorium. I painted in the shade of one of the old fishing shacks, with my sheet propped up on an old wooden sawhorse. Many people stopped by to say hello but none more proud than the man who pointed to the house across the bay where he grew up, the house on our side of the bay where his wife was born, and the house in the middle that they bought together.



28 Comments on “Petty Harbour”

  1. Email says:


    Sent from my iPhone



  2. Vicky Porter says:

    You’ve made it look idyllic.
    I think your watercolors probably promote tourism to many of the places you paint.


  3. Beautiful writing and super sketch. Reminds me of my travels years ago in Newfoundland . Cannot wait to return. You sketches are fantastic. Enjoy the trip.


  4. Elaine Archambault says:

    You make it so enticing, lovely sketches or should I say paintings.
    Hoping to go to Newfoundland at the end of the summer to enjoy all ….


  5. Well captured! I had the good fortune of exploring Newfoundland in 1990, and visited several fishing villages there. It’s such a distinctive place! Thanks for sharing your experience.


  6. Red and green, done in a beautifully subtle contrast; nice!


  7. Bex says:

    That is one gorgeous painting. Makes me wish I were there right now. Love a fishing theme since husband is a lobsterman down in Marblehead, Mass. Very nice!


  8. Zoe says:

    Postcard perfect & a delight to view.


  9. Tony says:

    Lovely story, beautiful painting and maybe the Tom Hoffman workshop coming in to play too? Amazing in every way. Would love to know how you rate this one yourself – hopefully 10 out of 10.


  10. Christine Kunkel says:

    Shari, I have loved every moment of your travels this summer – mostly places I’ve never been. Thank you for posting your paintings but also your essays along with them. It’s almost like being there.


  11. Don McNulty says:

    You are having a great trip, thanks for the stories as well as the art.


  12. tmikeporter says:

    I am still seeing Tom Hoffman’s influence and I like it.


  13. nice! Are you changing your style? 🙂


  14. Lee Kline says:

    What a wonderful encounter with that man. That is why I love to draw on location.


  15. David says:

    Very lovely! You’ve captured it well. And I get to see that scene every day! So do our guests: for anyone visiting Newfoundland, Petty Harbour is the perfect place to stay: an ‘around the bay’ experience in a working fishing village, but only 15 minutes from downtown St. John’s. We’ve had several painters stay with us, and all have lovely work.


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