Limited palette, really

Thanks Delta Airlines. My suitcase is still somewhere in luggage limbo, and inside it: my palette, my tubes of paint, my sketchbook and lots of paintings. Thankfully my brushes were in my carry-on bag, along with pens and a tiny travel palette. I am still hopeful it will be found soon and make its way home to me. I can replace everything except the work I did in Savannah and Palmetto Bluff, but it’s a lesson learned, isn’t it? Never leave artwork in the suitcase!Mini-bananas

63 Comments on “Limited palette, really”

  1. anne farmer says:

    You must feel like you’ve been robbed! Going bananas even! Lovely drawing in spite of it all


    • I think I should change the title of my post now Anne. That’s exactly how I feel. I have gone through all the stages of emotion on my phone calls to Delta. I am at “resigned” now. Thanks!


      • TR Duncan says:

        I thought the title ‘mini’ bananas, had pretty much covered how well people had stepped into their power to solve this on behalf of the company. : ) full emotional work out complete… good stuff.


  2. Carol Cooney says:

    I would be terribly upset, sure hope they find it soon.


  3. TonyU says:

    So sorry to hear that Shari. Fingers (and everything else) crossed for you that it turns up safely soon.


  4. Louise says:

    You always manage to bring us inspiration (brush pen sketches and limited palette) even when working under unexpected limitations. I hope Delta locates your suitcase very soon. Not good PR for them to lose a well-known artist’s paintings. I am looking forward to following all your sketching and painting adventures this summer.


    • Nancy says:

      The good news is that most luggage these days is found eventually . I am not on Twitter but people seem to have really great results with complaints getting resolved using Twitter. How about a Twitter campaign to get Shari’s artwork back home ? 🙂


    • You are very kind Louise. I think it’s going to be an amazing summer, especially with Ireland and Manchester in there. No news on the luggage, btw.


  5. Chris kopet says:

    Really sorry about you missing your work and painting materials!! I hope Delta pulls through for you


  6. SusanA says:

    Oh, Shari, that’s awful! I felt sick just reading about your missing artwork. That’s never happened to me, but I can imagine quite vividly how I would feel. I hope your suitcase and all your belongings find their way home to you soon!


  7. Youanna N. says:

    Oh, I hope you get your suitcase back soon! Pretty bananas!


  8. Connie Renaud says:

    Hi Shari,

    So sorry to hear that your palette is missing! Blasted airlines! I am so enjoying your paintings. Often I want to respond, however, for some reason my e-mail is not accepted.

    I am drawing so many tips and valuable information. I have also taken one of your courses on line and am getting ready to do the second one. Thank you so much. You are a great inspiration.


    Connie Renaud



  9. Janet Beare says:

    Having lost my luggage in Turkey & passport in Mexico & getting both back safely I am optimistic that your luggage will be home soon. Positive thoughts.


  10. Dee says:

    Oh, my, what a loss! Praying it will find its way home!


  11. Love your mini bananas! Positive thoughts that your art filled luggage finds its way back to you soon, safe and sound.


  12. Fingers crossed for their safe return. Love these bananas.


  13. Muriel Scott-Smith says:

    But that makes this one particularly good!

    Sent from my iPad



  14. Judy Sopher says:

    This is horrible. It really makes me cringe. One of my greatest fears of flying is not flying but losing my “stuff”. Let us know the result.


  15. With all these crossed fingers, surely your baggage will show up soon! Best of luck Shari!


  16. Donna says:

    I am new to your site….really like it… how spontaneous your artwork looks….trying to do this….don’t want it to be a “photograph”. I have faith your luggage will arrive soon!


  17. sandidureice says:

    Hoping your luggage turns up very soon. Really awful to be separated from your art-work.


  18. kns says:

    Oh no. I hope you took a photo of all you did. Funny enough since doing your course I often work with a limited palette. I find it really great. Thank you Shari.



  19. Linda Daily says:

    Supplies can be replaced but sketchbooks and paintings are so personal and irreplaceable.
    Here’s hoping Delta comes through!
    I’ve lost two sketchbooks over the years and it is still painful to think of them.
    I think good karma from your admirers will help them show up!


  20. This is horrible! What a mess…it’s not like it could have vanished into thin air!! Ugh…so frustrating, Shari… Hang in there…I’m sure it will reappear just as mysteriously. But geesh… shame on you Delta.


  21. Nooooo, I hope you find it. Let us know!


  22. Janine says:

    Keeping my fingers crossed for a speedy, safe return of all your stuff. Losing your clothes is the least of it. Even the paints, palette, paper can all be replaced. But the artwork – how could Delta even begin to compensate you for that? Not to mention the stress you are under while you wait for your suitcase to get home? :-/


  23. Lisa Daniels says:

    Should I go to the airport and find your luggage–HAHA! You changed my painting life last week. The best teacher I have ever had! Miss you and can’t wait to be with you again.
    Lisa (Palmetto Bluff follower)


    • Lisa, you are wonderful. I will be back for sure next year. Can you do something about the bugs? Now I know why no one else was wearing shorts like me!! Next year, long pants and long sleeves.


  24. Lisa Daniels says:

    I would go to Savannah and find your luggage if it would help-I don’t want anyone getting ahold of your incredible work! You are amazing -You change my perspective on painting. Look forward to taking another class as soon as I can. By the way the bugs are gone!!
    Lisa Daniels


  25. love those bananas though, let us know when you get it back safely!


  26. Shirley Miller says:

    Shari. I’m trusting that your luggage will be coming home soon!!


  27. joantav says:

    Hoping for the safe return of your paintings and materials!


  28. Paula says:

    Although I “liked” your post, I definitely DON’T like that your goods are missing!! Yikes~


  29. wildsherkin says:

    Sorry to hear it….fingers crossed that it turns up and do let us know when it arrives.


  30. Connie Renaud says:

    Hope you found your luggage. I do hope that I will be included in your replies. I have a new e-mail:


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