Sugar shack blues

My intention this week was to paint a snow scene for my holiday blog post, but alas, the ground is bare, the sky is grey and heavy rain is falling. It’s not even a day for painting from my car. The sugar shack, painted from my studio, will have to suffice.

Despite the weather, my message is the same. I wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year. Thanks to everyone who brought me so much joy this year — by emailing and commenting on the blog, by sending me suggestions and links to look at, and by coming out to sketch at workshops and with our Sunday group in Montreal. I hope that 2016 is filled with many sketching hours for everyone.


68 Comments on “Sugar shack blues”

  1. This is beautiful Shari!

  2. Happy Holidays to you, too, Shari. So well done. xo I wish I could do like you do!

  3. Monique says:

    Great studio view..
    You too all the best and thank you for everything!

  4. Especially love the pale background trees and sense of light. Thanks for sharing your artwork all year long!

  5. SusanA says:

    I love the purply shadows on this one, Shari. I enjoy your blog and your sketches so much. I’ve recently enrolled in your Craftsy classes and can’t wait to work through the lessons! Happy Holidays to you too!

  6. Beautiful Shari!! And thanks for the well wishes! Hope you have a wonderful holiday and an amazing 2016!! 😉👍🏻

  7. Julie Gomez says:

    Lovely winter scene, Shari, and Happy Holidays!

  8. mjkelly790 says:

    You’ve given me a year of inspirations and interesting new paths to pursue. 2015 was better for your input and I wish you a happy festive season and many great sketching adventures in 2016x Best to you.

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. Susan says:

    Thanks for the snow-clad sugar shack – as I write this the rain is pounding on the roof. Thanks also for your blog the posts of which are a joy to me. Enjoy your holiday and best wishes for 2016.

  10. Mary Catharine says:

    Wishing you and your family a wonderful holiday season Shari. Thank you for all your inspiration, wisdom and generosity.

  11. Toni Pratley says:

    Thankyou Shari – Best wishes to you and you family for a wonderful holiday season and a very HAPPY 2016

  12. Just getting home from a suprise snowfall. I will have a white Christmas! I love your painting. I just wanted to tell you I am enjoying both your online classes. They are wonderful and once I get through the holidays I shall be spending more time with them. Happy holidays and I am blowing snow your way. All the way from N. Bend WA to you. 🙂

  13. E. Bancroft says:

    Thank-you for your holiday wishes and for sharing your work and thoughts with us. I started following your blog this fall and am inspired by your work. Your cabane à sucre is lovely and brings back memories of my snowy youth ‘back east’. Happy Holidays from Vancouver.

  14. Jean A Paterson says:

    Happy holidays. Thanks very much for your informative and enjoyable blog.

  15. Liliane Partikian says:

    Happy Holidays Shari and thank you for sharing with us

  16. joantav says:

    The monochromatic look gives this such a wintry feeling to it. Have a wonderful Christmas and New Year!!! Thanks for all your posts and inspiration!

  17. Thank you for inspiring us all with your beautiful work, Shari. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  18. Anita says:

    Merry Christmas This is our house

    Sent from my iPad


  19. Kathy A. says:

    Dear Shari, Thank you so much for all the sharing you do. I have followed your blog for a while now and it’s always a delight to click on a new post! Merry Christmas to you and may you have a truly blessed 2016.

  20. miatagrrl says:

    Happy holidays to you too, Shari! I enjoy all your beautiful sketches and great blog posts!


  21. Irene miller says:

    Shari,,This is so beautiful with so many subtle shades with so few colors. I admire your work and energy with respect to sketching.

  22. Kathy Anderson says:

    Dear Shari, Thank you so much for all the sharing you do. I have followed you for a while now and always look forward to clicking on a new post! May you have a wonderful Christmas and truly blessed 2016!

  23. Norma says:

    That’s so beautiful! Thank you for sharing your work. I learned so much from you from your Craftsy classes and from your work here. All the best to you and your family, wishing you lots of sketching and painting opportunities in 2016.

  24. Pat Spencer says:

    It’s lovely. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I wish you all the best in the new year.

  25. claire russell says:

    And thank you for a year of visual delights!

    Claire Russell

    Sent from my Mini Marvel iPad


  26. Love the light in this one, Shari! Your work is really inspirational. Happy holidays, and all the best to you in 2016.

  27. Magnifique atmosphère empreinte de sérénité ! Un immense bravo et tous mes voeux de Bonnes Fêtes de fin d’année !

  28. Serena says:

    Hi Shari you say the ground is bare but you made it look like it just snowed ! Such a beautiful monochrome sketch!
    I’ve been following your blog and Craftsy courses and I love really love them.
    Thank-you so much for your generous sharing and constant inspiration.
    Happy holidays from Italy

  29. Nancy Johnson says:

    Hi Shari, It would be really interesting and helpful, to see your painting set up when you paint plein air in your car.Would you consider posting one? Love sugar shack blues…the values seem perfect to me. Such a peaceful wintry scene in blues. What colors were in your palette? Thank you,Nancy Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 23:29:52 +0000 To:

    • Hi Nancy, I am often asked to do a post on my car setup. I will try to do it this winter.
      In this scene, I did an overall light wash of cerulean blue, reserving the whites, and then let that dry. The rest of the scene was painted with more cerulean, ultramarine, phthalo and a bit of permanent alizarin crimson.
      Happy holidays!

  30. Alberta says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for the pleasure your blog brings to all of us devoted followers
    . Have a wonderful holiday season and best wishes for health and happiness in 2016.

  31. TonyU says:

    Hi Shari. Everyone else has said it all already but hopefully one more time won’t hurt. Beautiful painting, thanks for the great posts all year and best wishes for Christmas and 2016. I’m looking forward to watching your new Craftsy course over the holidays …. and maybe to painting with you and Marc again in Galway next July. Best, Tony

    • Hi Tony, You know I love hearing from you so one more comment won’t hurt. Wow, it would be wonderful to see you in Galway! I’m really, really looking forward to the summer… Happy holidays to you and your family and many wonderful days of sketching.

  32. Kirk says:

    Merry Christmas! I really enjoy both your blog and your Craftsy courses. Hope your new year is a satisfying one!

  33. ovo033 says:

    I love this painting! The shadows of the shed are so deep and you really were able to capture the cold mood. Wishing you happy holidays and all the best in the new year. Thank you for sharing you work and your techniques with us. I loved all the classes in Craftsy and looking forward to learning from you and seeing more of your breathtaking work in the new year!

  34. s beneross says:

    Beautiful sketch, Shari! Love the play of shadows.

    Wishing you and your family a safe, healthy and festive holiday season, and all the very best in the New Year.

    I really enjoyed your online classes and the Montebello workshop immensely, Shari, and thank you for your encouraging feedback throughout. I have gone through your second online class and it is superb! Alas with all the holiday baking, cooking, and prep I haven’t managed to do the homework, but I look forward to posting early in the New Year. During the past couple of months, I’ve been working on oil and pastel portraits of my dog, Maiken, which I hope to finish over the holidays. I’ve attached the oil one below.

    May the New Year bring health, happiness and everything that gives you joy. Best always, Sandra

    Date: Mon, 21 Dec 2015 23:29:45 +0000 To:

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