Painting on thin ice

I’ve been going to this park near my house for years and years. I walk my dog there every day, I took my kids there when they were young, and I’ve done many paintings of the woods behind it. This year they did a big park reno, adding new play equipment and making the park more accessible to people of all ages. They moved one of the kiddie skating rinks to a higher place and added benches so parents can watch. I’m not complaining. It looks pretty good at sunset. Painted in gouache and watercolour, 15″ x 11″.


75 Comments on “Painting on thin ice”

  1. beth says:

    This is so lovely

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  2. Jane Guest says:

    lovely Shari, love the rink highlights

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  3. Susan Gayfield says:

    Beautiful

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  4. Warms my heart! now for hot chocolate.

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  5. gaelle1947 says:

    Si beau! Ca me donne des frissons!!

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  6. Robbie Bryden says:

    So clever! That ice is amazing!

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  7. Emily Neel says:

    Whoa! Magical! Love love love.

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  8. Judy Sopher says:

    Simply gorgeous. I use gouache often. I don’t think many know that if used thinly, it is similar to transparent watercolors. I don’t use it as an opaque. This painting just glows. And the warmth in the back is so perfect. This is one of your best, Shari.

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  9. LaVerna says:

    This is so excellent. Had to look twice to see if it was a photograph. The pond is wonderful. Love it
    Cheers and thanks.

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  10. Yvonne Carpenter says:

    My goodness, Shari…. How do you come up with the idea to represent ice this way – I feel cold just looking at it, lol. Simply beautiful!!

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  11. Andrea says:

    I keep staring at the ice, how awesome, there is now mistaking that it is ice. Thank you for sharing you art with us.

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  12. hilda5462 says:

    Lovely work, Shari – Wish I was getting some ‘real’ winter weather, here in Pennsylvania, not even a drop of snow to be seen!

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  13. Denise Wyant says:

    Gorgeous colors! I love the sunset and how it’s reflected.

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  14. Ron Miller says:

    I knew you were GREAT with snow scenes, but this combo of snow and icy pond is beyond GREAT, maybe best described as FABULOUS. Your work continues to inspire! Thanks as always for sharing.

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  15. pamlopez15 says:

    Wow! Wow! Wow! This is amazing, Shari! I absolute love the reflections!

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  16. Linda Murray says:

    WOW!!! All I can say is wow!!!

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  17. Denise says:

    You landed a “triple axle” with this painting! Beautiful.

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  18. Those reflections are gorgeous!

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  19. Only one word: perfection.
    (Truly a masterpiece, imho)

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  20. Marion says:

    I love the mood that you have created Shari; the rich late afternoon hues framing the skating rink brings back many happy memories of skating with friends at Clearpoint Park in Pointe Claire.

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  21. Pat says:

    I think this is your best reflection ever! Way to go Shari!

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  22. Hill says:

    My goodness this painting is so unbelievably perfect!!!

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  23. Nan Quintin says:

    Ooohh – I LOVE this one! 🙂

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  24. Nicole Lavigne says:

    Snow makes beautiful paintings. Much more that sun in Mexico! WoW! I just love it! By the way are you doing workshops in Montréal next summer as you did last year?

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    • Bonjour Nicole. Thanks so much! I am not sure yet about workshops in Montreal. I still have a few things to finalize for my summer plans and then I will decide about Montreal. I hope to do a few just like I did last year. I will let you know because you’re on my mailing list.

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  25. Theresa Lee says:

    I love this painting ! You have captured the sun on the ice so beautifully!

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  26. Leonie McLaren says:

    wow wish i was there right now

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  27. Heidi Simons says:

    That ice / water… just perfect!!!

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  28. Tami says:

    Oh my goodness I thought that was the photo of the park when I saw your painting this morning, wow beautiful work!!

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  29. Carol Cooney says:

    Takes me back a few years, I just want to ice skate on that pond with my 60 year old skates. It’s so beautiful.

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  30. Diane C McDaniel says:

    awesome, love the light play. looks as cold there as it is here, in northern arizona. thanks for sharing your amazing talent, beautiful!

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  31. Nice painting, I really like your reflections on the ice.

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  32. Diane says:

    PERFECT!

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  33. Jeff Gold says:

    I love the brushy trees and the reflection on the ice. The swirling patterns on the ice make it sing. And what a song. Welcome back to winter!

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  34. Betsy says:

    Whoa, I wasn’t sure if that was a photo! I know art isn’t supposed to look like a photo necessarily, but it took me by surprise and I had to look twice.

    Very beautiful and skilled, but looks effortless. I’ll be studying this one as I work on my own attempts to portray reflections.

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    • Thanks Betsy. It wasn’t supposed to look like a photo but sometimes paintings viewed on a small screen are deceptive. When you enlarge them you see the brushstrokes, but at first glance you might be fooled. Thanks for writing.

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  35. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Morning dear Shari,

    The highlight of your sketch is the circular waves in the water with the reflection of the background surroundings.

    I really loved this sketch and amazing.
    Regards and blessings,
    Uma

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  36. Iona says:

    This is wonderful! I love the warm and cool colours together, makes it quite dramatic. Your rendition of the ice is amazing – and inspiring. I appreciate how you said that you test ideas out with a study first, as you did with the ice. By the way, your book is great, so easy to use and understand. Thank you!

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  37. Janet Catmull says:

    That’s photo-realistic and beautiful.

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