The shortest day

I know, winter solstice was yesterday. And although I did this painting on the right day, I’m posting it a bit late. The sentiment remains, though. Have a wonderful holiday season, whatever you celebrate at this time of year. In our house, we celebrate being together by cooking lots of great meals. There will certainly be some walks through these woods with Alice (this is a late afternoon view which these days is at about 4 pm) and hopefully some cross-country skiing. Thanks so much for saying hello here on the blog. It’s a joy to write about and share my work here, and it means so much to me to read your comments. I hope you have a wonderfully creative 2023!


62 Comments on “The shortest day”

  1. Karen says:

    SO BEAUTIFUL! Happy Holidays!

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  2. Lynn says:

    Thank you, Shari, for sharing your wonderful artwork so often – you’re awesome! It is very inspiring and I truly appreciate you. I wish and yours a very merry holiday season!

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  3. Myra says:

    Happy holidays to you Shari, your posts make me smile each day. I just so enjoy your work

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  4. Renée says:

    Beautiful light! Happy Holidays to you!

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  5. Sue Anne Bottomley says:

    So lovely. We just had the same storm in NH where the snow was plastered to one side of the trees. I didn’t remember seeing that before, and meant to paint it. I did not. Thank you.

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  6. Carol Cooney says:

    Shari, I certainly enjoy receiving your very creative paintings. I really do look forward to them in my email.My 2 favorites are Alice and the wheelbarrow. Merry Christmas.

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  7. Donna Skelcy says:

    Another wonderful watercolor!

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  8. Bonnie Olpin says:

    You can never move south because you are the queen of snow painting!💕

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  9. Cynthia Baird says:

    Thank you for your Holiday wishes. May you and your family enjoy the season. I love getting your blog. You inspire me to look at the “everyday” in a new way–the artist’s way!

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  10. Debbie Tucker says:

    Love seeing your daily renditions of scenes from here at home around the West Island and beyond!

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  11. I love this Shari – makes me want to review your winter course! Happy holidays- eating and walking in good company is a good combo!

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  12. Carmeling says:

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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  13. Happy Holidays, Shari! Thanks for sharing so much of your time and knowledge with us this year. Wishing you a great end to 2022 and a wonderful start to 2023!!

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  14. debraji says:

    I’ve always loved your snow paintings. This one captures the light of solstice beautifully. Hope your holidays are happy and full of light!

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  15. Ruth Howell says:

    Happy holidays

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  16. ccaatt01 says:

    Glad to read The Shortest Day is a holiday for you too! We start counting the seconds!

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  17. You, Shari, are the most outstanding, incredible, talented painter on the planet. I never fail to miss any of your posts and just shake my head in amazement. I too sketch on vacations (and am currently finishing off sketches of Venice book, pulling together plein aire and studio studies) but am humbled by your ability to capture moments. This one of the solstice, at 4pm, is precisely what you do best. I live on Monterey Bay so we dont get much practice with snow, but we sure do have lots of fishing boats and yachts and I love those drawings. Thank you for the joy you bring to so many of us. Sally

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  18. Mary says:

    I love the light streaming through the woods.
    Enjoy your holiday. Mary

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  19. Vicky Porter says:

    Happy Holidays, Shari! Thank you for sending so much beauty into my mailbox or my IG feed. It’s always a pleasure to see your work.

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  20. Sandra L Lewin says:

    Happy Holidays, Shari! Your art, and classes, provides such happiness to me throughout the year. Thank you for sharing your talents!!

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  21. Rita Cleary says:

    Shari! It’s always wonderful to read your posts. You always inspire me. If only I could be consistent.
    Wishing you a happy and blessed holiday season, and continued art adventures in 2023!
    Rita

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  22. Bernadette says:

    The light hitting the foreground snow…is a show stopper! Gorgeous work. Thank you for posting and inspiring me to keep on painting.

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  23. Chris k. Seattle says:

    Always inspiring and beautiful images…I look forward to the wheelbarrow!

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  24. Linda Murray says:

    Have a wonderful Holiday, Shari! Thank you for the many posts and lovely paintings. Always a bright spot in my day 😁👍

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  25. cdeh69 says:

    Thank you Shari, for a wonderful year. I’ve learned so much from your classes & have committed to picking up a brush to paint everyday this coming year. Have a lovely holiday season.

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  26. Jean A Paterson says:

    The long shadows are very effective! Thank you for all your paintings and background stories. Have a happy holiday!

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  27. Dianne Kubik says:

    Love receiving your posts! I’ve followed you on “Sketchbook Revival “ and love your teaching style. I’m going to order one of your guided workshops. I just haven’t decided which one. Have a wonderful Christmas with your family.
    Dianne

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  28. S Chang says:

    Happy Holidays Shari! Your blog posts are always a bright light in my inbox, just like your beautiful paintings, this one in particular. Thank you for sharing your work with us. It’s been a joy learning from you!

    Siu

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  29. sandidureice says:

    Shari, all the very best for 2023.

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  30. Theresa Mayes says:

    Happy Holiday Season, Shari.
    And a Holy, Happy, Healthy 2023 !
    Thank you for sharing your inspiring
    Works and Words….

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  31. Cindy says:

    I always love seeing your work. You make the simplest scenes so beautiful! Have a happy, healthy, creative holiday and best wishes to you in 2023!

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  32. Phyllis Willey says:

    Happy holidays! This painting is stunning! Did you use a resist for the snow on the tree trunks? Did you paint it en plein air, or bring your photos/memory back to the studio?

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  33. annelitimmerbacka says:

    Happy Holiday Shari! It was so nice to meet you in Spain and hoping to meet you again in next autumn!
    I love your style to sketch in a way where the saison is always in an important role. Now winter and snow – like we have in Finland. ☺️
    The a question: Have you ever painted a scene where there is a lot of snow where for ex small ever green trees are totally covered with snow (not any visible green or brown color)?

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  34. Liliane Partikian says:

    Hi Shari
    Have a wonderful Holiday Season with your family, sounds like you have many enjoyable activities planned.
    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us for all these years, it is always something to look forward to.
    Happy Holidays
    Liliane

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  35. Chris Rusk says:

    Happy Winter Solstice and Happy Holidays 🙂
    Bon apéttit !

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  36. Chris Rusk says:

    appétit – brain lagged, holiday shopping fatigue 😉

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  37. Gail Jones says:

    Love all the blues in the snow. So beautiful!

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  38. -N- says:

    Enjoy your holidays, Shari, and may the coming year be as filled with adventures and paintings and happiness!

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  39. Thanks for the inspiration have a lovely Christmas.

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  40. Martin Weaver says:

    Have watched your blogs/emails for many years and never cease to be amazed at your working of light and shade using water colour – magic

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  41. Betsy says:

    I come here again and again since maybe about the early-middle of the “first Covid Year” for relief and respite. It’s such a pleasant resource and I love your sketches and paintings. There’s so much to see here!

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  42. How beautiful this is. Happy Solstice! Thank you for the inspiration, I bought five more classes during your sale so I have that to look forward to in the New Year. New beginning, new watercolors here in New Mexico.

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  43. Agnès says:

    I wish you happy holidays, Shari, and a year full of inspiration.
    Your works are very beautiful, unique, they have personality, because you can be guessed behind, with your brushes.
    Thank you for this gift that you make to us regularly, it is a delight for our eyes.
    Cheer !
    Agnès

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  44. Stephanie Descoteaux says:

    Merry Christmas and happy New Year Shari. Thank you for sharing your art and processes with us. You are a lovely woman.

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