“Finally!” seems to be the word of the day from the people I pass on the street. And because we’re not hidden inside hats and parkas, we can nod, smile and acknowledge the fact that spring might just be on its way. And there’s a joyous sound outdoors too. It’s the happy drip of snow melting — from trees, off roofs, under cars. It’s definitely a day to paint puddles.

Painted on Canson Moulin du Roy, from my car studio, WITH THE WINDOWS OPEN!


69 Comments on “Finally”

  1. bissky says:

    You are a master of reflections Shari. So glad for the thaw after your hard winter.

    Sent from Wayne Bissky’s iPhone


  2. Stan says:

    One of your best…love it.

  3. nikiraa says:

    Striking! Again amazed at your tonal contrast.

  4. Shari
    As always I live your vlen colors!
    Bye bye

  5. barbaragruen says:

    I love your reflections, too. and finally enjoy the melting snow.

  6. Mary McLaughlin says:

    Shari – I LOVE this one!! I love your big evergreen trees but your reflections – oh my – they are so beautifully done – I’m going to be studying this one for sure – thank you!

  7. Miú says:

    I think these are the nicest puddles I have ever seen! 🙂

  8. I must agree with the other comments , I think this is the best one I’ve seen, your reflections are fantastic

  9. Vicky Porter says:

    Those puddles are wonderful! I love how they reflect all the way to the sky above.

  10. Mary Sanchez says:

    Your reflections are amazing.

  11. Cinda says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  12. Tracey Mardon says:

    Hi Shari,

    I’m so glad you are starting to get nice days too! The river is really starting to thaw here so probably no more -20! I was just thinking about you and Jane because I just got a book in the mail that I ordered after we watched Paris Next Stop, Montparnasse. It’s called Paris Café, The Select Crowd after the café that Rick Tulka did his drawings in.

    Happy Painting to you both!


  13. melisnorth says:

    Fabulous news and wonderful sketch! Enjoy the sunshine!

  14. Ineke van den Berg says:

    What a beautiful painting this would be! I continue to love your almost daily posts.

  15. Shari,
    I love the melting snow. Great sketch!

  16. Ross says:

    Great reflections! Were you parked in the middle of the road?

    • Only you would ask that Ross. Yes, I was right in the middle of the road. Good thing it was a quiet day in my neighbourhood.

      • Ross says:

        I just need to ask this for my own understanding because Canada is probably different to Australia… do you have road rules which say that you can’t park in the middle of the road?

      • No, we have no rules like that. We can park any which way. Do you have rules like that?

      • Ross says:

        Shari, as I have long suspected… and may have even commented on previously, once or twice, you seem to have a very real blind-spot when it comes to comprehending rules about parking. Maybe it only happens when you have a sketchbook in your hand?
        Personally, I think it is great that we have been able to identify your problem through this blog… do you think you should be seeking professional help?

  17. AM Welsh says:

    these reflections are awesome!

  18. croquedessin says:

    Awesome ! The reflections are gorgeous !

  19. Fleet Woodley says:

    75 degrees here today. Love the evergreens in this – the colors, temperature shifts and shape. They are gorgeous. Those puddles are fantabulous. Love how the reflections deal with sky trees and background as they recede.

    How long did this one take you?

    ~ Fleetwood

  20. Tony says:

    Pleased that Spring seems to be on its way – but sorry it means almost the last of your beautiful snow paintings (illustrations?) this year, melting or otherwise. Still, there’s always the first full view of the wheelbarrow to look forward to …..

    • I’m sorry too Tony. I love painting snow, but I just hate the extreme cold that we just went through.
      Going back to the illustration/painting discussion…
      illustration seems to be something I do for someone else and painting is something I do for me. I guess that’s my background in graphic arts. Of course that doesn’t explain the Two Trees painting because there was no client involved in that one.

  21. Wow, this is SO beautiful Shari, and all the more so for the story it tells. The puddles are glorious and create so much atmosphere. Such a contrast to the hot landscape where I am. I hope you are able to enjoy beautiful spring weather soon!

    • Thanks so much Wendy. I keep repeating this in the comments but I had so much fun painting these puddles. We are getting more snow on the weekend but I don’t think the extreme cold will come back.

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  23. tmikeporter says:

    Some of best rendered reflections I’ve seen in a wc! Nice work, mon ami.

  24. Alison says:

    Gorgeous Shari. It really captures the atmosphere today. We had snow sliding off the barn roof. But I had the wrong type of brush in hand, so no sketch of it. 😉

  25. Hi Shari, the reflections in your puddles are magical. Wow.

  26. karinakuschnir says:

    Such a happy post and beautiful painting!! ❤

  27. Lee Kline says:

    Shari, I could make a book of your many wonderful reflections on water and have a whole wonderful watercolor course to myself. In fact……..

  28. The sun is shining and your car windows are open and it shows in this piece. Magnificent !!! I’m off to the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, au revoir mon Shari. Jacques

  29. Bruce Lowe says:

    A lovely painting-love your style. So glad that you are seeing a thaw. I heard people around here in NC complaining about the week or so of below 20 degrees. We have nothing to complain about- you folks up North are tough and talented!

    • Thanks so much Bruce. Yes, we are a tough bunch but you have to be to get through these winters. Somewhere between ten and twenty degrees sounds good to me now. We have more snow coming soon…

  30. george smith says:

    Shari, i am sincerely moved by the beauty and simplicity of your painting. In a world of landscape painters you somehow know how to make the familiar scenes sparkle with fresh ideas. This talent is not easy to come by, and can’t be purchased at the art store. We’ve not met, but I’m currently dealing with devestating personal loss in my life. The moment I saw your work I felt somewhat better. I actually felt a ray of hope. Thank you for that. And I now know the secret to great watercolors is knowing where to park the car.

    • George, I am very touched that you would take the time to write to me during such a difficult time in your life. You’re right, we have never met, but I have always been so touched by your thoughtful and beautifully worded comments. I send you my sincerest condolences and hope that you find a way to make it through this trying time. Shari

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