Greetings and happy holidays from Sanibel

My beach sketching skills are a bit rusty but nonetheless I’m happy to be on Sanibel Island in Florida for a bit of family time and relaxation. Starting with this first page of a new sketchbook, and with a bicycle as my vehicle of choice to find places to draw, I hope to fill this book up over the next few weeks.

Thanks to everyone who sent me notes over the past few months during a busy semester when finding time to get some drawing in was near impossible. Your comments and kind words sustained me in more ways than I can describe. I hope you all have the most wonderful holiday season with lots of time to draw and paint! All the best from this beautiful shell-covered island.

44 Comments on “Greetings and happy holidays from Sanibel”

  1. TonyU says:

    I’m sure others will agree it’s us who should be thanking you Shari for all the pleasure your sketches and words have given us throughout the year. Enjoy your break and your special time with your family. Best, Tony


  2. Liliane Partikian says:

    I’ll bet that there are a lot of Montrealers who would love to be in your beautiful sketch.Thank you again Shari for sharing your wonderful art with us….and enjoy your well deserved holiday with your family.
    Happy holidays


  3. Soni McFarland says:

    Well done & well earned !!! Can’t wait to see this new sketchbook’s treasure trove. Enjoy & loved the seashells


  4. karim waked says:

    You realize of course this is quite painful to some of us? Hahaha!

    Enjoy yourselves to the Max!

    Love K xxx



  5. hyllaevans says:

    Let me take a long shot and say Hag Sameach to you and yours! I’ve just found your blog and subscribed to it. I do have dear friends in Montreal (Vincent and Miki Deshais who own Kama, Alexandre Masino and Yechel Gagnon). I live in Atlanta, owner/paintmaker of, so please let me know if you ever travel this way. You’re welcome to use my studio, equipped with every painting medium imaginable, and there’s a guest room if you’d like to stay a few days. You’d probably enjoy the Robert C. Williams Paper Museum, too.

    So, glad to find your blog and look forward to meeting you some day! Hylla Evans


    • Good long shot Hylla! And the same to you. What a nice connection you have to Montreal. I love Kama pigments, and the store is one of the most beautiful in the city. Last year when I took a class in oil painting my teacher told me about it . I bought a beautiful tube of paint there, and I was thinking of going back there to sketch all those pigments. Many thanks for the generous invitation to come to Atlanta. That is so kind. I may just have to take you up on it one of these days. So nice to meet you here on my blog and hope to meet you one day in person. Shari


  6. Sheila J says:

    Enjoy your time away. It’s been snowing here (Peterborough) for the last three days!(Have to admit it’s kind of pretty though!)


  7. Dee Ludwg says:

    My best friend loves Sanibel and brings me shells every year. Have a wonderful vacation. She was there soon after the hurricanes this year and found some really large ones!


  8. Ruth Kaldor says:

    From snowy Vermont that looks like a wonderful school break.


  9. Bernadette says:

    Sanibel Florida, one of my very favorite places to visit where the beach is never too hot for bare feet! We were there 2 years ago visiting family.
    Enjoy your time away, finding refreshment just being with those you love. It doesn’t hurt that the snow doesn’t blow there! Soak up the rays. The cold will be waiting for you when you return.
    Thanks for sharing so much of your artistic gifts and talents with us.


  10. Donna says:

    Enjoy! And Thank You!! Everyone above says how we all feel. tI will be in the low digits for the next week here! I’ll be snowshoeing instead of bicycling.


  11. Dml says:

    Enjoy your holiday, and thanks for the many gifts you send to us in your blogs. Merry Christmas


  12. ksbeth says:

    i’ve always wanted to go to sanibel and now i get to live it through you )


  13. Sandra says:

    Happy Holidays Shari!
    Enjoy Sanibel and this precious time with your family! Best wishes for 2018!


  14. Mary says:

    Shari – it’s always such a delight to find your emails. They never fail to lift my spirits. I’m happy to be a part of your circle of beauty. Have a lovely vacation and like the others here I look forward to seeing your Sanibel sketches! Thank you for all that you give.


  15. Oh Shari! do send us the Sanibel sunshine. as i know your sketches will. I’ll be watching out for them. Enjoy the island, you lucky dog!


  16. Welcome to my part of the country! I live in Bonita Springs, FL about 30 mins from Sanibel. Right now I am in NJ enjoying Xmas with family also, Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours. If you ever want to teach in the area, just let me know, you can always stay with us and teach at the Center for the Art Bonita Springs (, a beautiful art campus, check out their website. Laurie Dodge Paci. 🙂


    • I knew you were close to here Laurie. I hope that one day when I have a bit more time I’ll be able to stay longer and teach a class. In a year or two I predict. Enjoy your family holiday too.


  17. Miss Iowa says:

    I have enjoyed reading your blog and appreciate the time and energy you spend sharing your creations. Have a merry Christmas!


  18. Dineke says:

    Enjoy your holiday! Well deserved after such a though semester. Thank you for sharing your art and insights with us.


  19. Gina says:

    All the best to you, and thank you for sharing so much all through the year.


  20. Judy Sopher says:

    Snowing here today so your post was welcome. Good for you. Would love a bike to get around to paint. Enjoy, enjoy!! And again I thank you for all your teaching. I have learned so much.


  21. joantav says:

    Happy Holidays, Shari! Right now the idea of a warm, sunny beach and shell collecting is so tempting since I am up in cold, snowy Maine for Christmas! Have a wonderful, relaxing time down there. Thank you for sharing your time and talent with all of us.


  22. Monique says:

    Meilleurs Voeux Shari..Il fait tellement froid chez nous/vous lol..enjoy! Love seeing your beach scenes..thank you for ALL the inspiration:)It’s been years since we have been to Sanibel,we stay in the Sarasota area when we island also but mini bridge:)


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