The exuberant bouquet

This bouquet wasn’t exuberant when I received it the other evening. It was quietly waiting for me at Studio 77— a gift from my loving family at the opening of my show — tightly wrapped in cellophane and tied with raffia. But once unwrapped and left to its own devices in a vase, it has slowly opened into the most beautiful expression of spring that I’ve ever seen. Unlike the past-their-prime discounted grocery store blooms that I buy for myself, these are the real deal. Tall tulips, bright daffodils, elegant irises. I want to enjoy their beauty for as long as I can.

As for the show, the vernissage was a success on all accounts — a great crowd, good wine and lots of positive feedback. Thanks to everyone who stopped by and to David at Studio 77 for the hospitality and the opportunity to exhibit. The show continues until April 29.


39 Comments on “The exuberant bouquet”

  1. Pam Lopez says:

    Congratulations, Shari! I’d have loved to have seen your exhibition. Pity I live so far away. I asked a friend of mine who lives in Brossard to visit Studio 77 to see your work.
    You are the best!!
    🙂 Pam


  2. Congratulations! Beautiful gift and beautiful painting. Love the way you captured the flowers!


  3. Gil Zarins says:

    Congrats on your successful show!!! Now if we could get a workshop that includes florals… this is beatifull, again.


  4. Sue Littell says:

    Love these flowers, Shari. I would have loved to have watched you paint these. Congratulations on your show!


  5. sue fenyvesi says:

    Congratulations on the show. One day I’ll see your stuff in person. Are you coming out West anytime soon


  6. Soni says:

    Shari This is just stunning – great idea to preserve your family’s considerate gift as well.

    Congrats on your show.


  7. Yorky says:

    They are beautiful Shari, good luck with your exhibition.


  8. Judy Sopher says:

    Lovely flowers. I ,too, wish I could be there. Hope you sell well. Congrats.


  9. Congratulations, Shari. Your work is wonderful and some day I’ll be close enough to see it in person which will be awesome.


  10. Frank Bettendorf says:

    How lovely! Congratulations on the show. Frank


  11. suzy says:

    Just went to the show. Lovely venu and amazing paintings. Are you still trying oils?


    • Thanks so much for visiting Suzy. I haven’t worked much in oils recently. It’s really hard to find the time with my full time job. I should probably just work really small instead of getting overly ambitious!


  12. Jeff Gold says:

    Really beautiful. I’m sure the show is too. Sorry we couldn’t be there to enjoy it.


  13. Denise says:

    What a lovely rendition of the bouquet! An example of why your show is a well deserved success! Congrats on all your achievements.


  14. joantav says:

    So glad your reception was a success!!! Lovely painting of the beautiful flowers. I smiled as I read your description of them slowly opening up.


  15. Bernadette says:

    Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous! I like how you cropped the flowers to fill the page with blooms. Wish I lived closer. Seeing your work up close would be awesome. You are greatly blessed.


  16. Lisa Daniels says:

    So happy the show was a success! Congratulations–


  17. Cindy Graves says:

    Shari- did you add white to this bouquet? Around the rim of glass etc? Do you ever use gouache?


    • Hi Cindy, There’s no white in this. It’s painted on rough paper so I use the texture to keep some bits of white but using a dryer brush in places. I do occasionally use gouache but more often I add bits of white with some Titanium White watercolour.


  18. Ellen Simpson says:

    Congratulations on your show. I would have loved to attend. Alas, too far away. Thank you for being so prolific. The bouquet is wonderful.


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