Canada Day

Happy Canada Day!! I haven’t been out to do any location sketching in many moons and boy do I feel rusty! It took ages to get my drawing hand moving today. On this grey and humid day, I went to Pointe Claire, to my favourite spot by the water, and as always when I haven’t been out in a while, I started with something I know well. The idea was to draw a scene with a little bit of history on the 153rd birthday of this country.

It was pretty sad to see that the windmill looks so neglected. Two blades were damaged in a storm in 2019, and they still have not been rebuilt. It also doesn’t help that the ash tree behind the mill is dead, giving the whole scene a bit of a sad feel (my colours reflect that!). But I was still glad I got out there and it was nice to see lots of people stopping to watch the sailboats on the lake.

Also on Canada Day: my new print shop is live!

I’m happy to announce that my new print shop has just gone live! To make it all happen, and to satisfy my admittedly finicky standards, I partnered with one of the most respected fine art printers in the UK.

I ordered a few test prints and I’m happy to report that the quality that’s arrived at my front door was beyond expectation.

The prints are on archival-quality, 100% cotton Hahnemühle German Etching Paper — a heavy stock with a warm cast and strong texture that’s ideal for watercolour. The colour, line and detail more than rival the original.

Two sizes, limited editions, plus free shipping

Working with my production partner, I’ve made each image available in two sizes, which you can preview online. You can choose from an initial run of twelve images, and I’ll be introducing new editions from my archive as time goes by.

Note that each print is a limited edition and is individually numbered, signed and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. Best of all, worldwide shipping is free from my partner’s UK or Germany studios. And each shipment is sustainably packaged and carbon neutral, end-to-end. Have a look at the initial run of 12 images. And have a great weekend wherever you are, whether you are celebrating Canada Day, Fourth of July, or simply the start of summer.

10 Comments on “Canada Day”

  1. iblindacherry says:

    Congratulations on your new shop. It all sounds exciting and beautiful. I’m so happy for you. I can’t wait to go to your shop… I’m going there right now!!
    Again, heartfelt congratulations!!
    Linda Cherry


  2. Deborah Berg says:

    Wonderful Shari! How nice of you to make some of your art available at such a reasonable price. Do you see the two bouquet prints working well side by side in a room? I can’t tell if the colours compliment each other.


    • HI Deborah, I think the two bouquets will work really well together. I hadn’t thought of it but I should create an image that shows them side by side. Yes, the colours do indeed complement each other. Thanks so much for asking!


  3. Denise says:

    Your post is bittersweet, with the exciting news of your online shop, and unfortunate news about your beloved windmill. This picture is such a contrast to the one “we” painted in your workshop.


    • Hi Denise. The windmill is also very different on an overcast day. It’s so nice when there’s sun lighting up all that stone, but on a heavy day like yesterday, it all looks so heavy. And yes ,the online shop is very exciting for me!


  4. Judy Sopher says:

    It will be hard to decide which one or ones to get. So glad you are doing this.



  5. Northern Traveller says:

    Happy Canada Day, Shari!
    While the windmill may be neglected currently and the tree dead, the red door lends the scene a jaunty and happy air 🇨🇦.

    Congrats on your limited print line – your work looks beautiful. M


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