Saturday, July 30, 2011


I just finished this painting yesterday and today gave it the name Prosperity! I came up with the name after being told earlier that Peony meant Peace in Chinese. When I got home I went to the computer and searched Peony flower symbolism and this is what I found... "Peony symbolizes bashfulness and compassion. It symbolizes a happy life, happy marriage, good health and prosperity."

Did you know? The Chinese call Peonies the King of Flowers or the Flower Fairy.

The painting is 24"x24", acrylic on canvas. ~ Sharka

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Harmony Arts Festival

I can't believe the Harmony Arts Festival is but a few days away. I will be participating in two events this year; three paintings for sale under the "white tent" as a member with the North Shore Artists' Guild, and in the Studio Tours.

The Studio Tours are a unique opportunity to meet North Shore artists where they work. It gives you the chance to explore the natural landscape of the North Shore while visiting us at your own pace. Many artists from 195 Studios will also take part in this year's festival.

Please come check out my brand new and expanded studio! ~ Sharka

Friday, July 1, 2011

New 160sqft Digs

First, I want to wish everyone a HAPPY CANADA DAY!!! 

Today I thought I could post the latest exciting news... my new studio will be ready in a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to moving in! The walls are up with one coat of primer, door is in place, old carpet has been taken away and windows were going in this morning.

As I sat in my "old" studio painting, I could watch the entire process. When I left yesterday, I was so hoping it was finished so I could go in and paint the walls and get it set up this long weekend.

The construction of the new space has created a bit of "musical studios" - Red Door Studios downstairs will be moving next to me upstairs, an artist just a hallway away on the other side will be moving into my "old" space -  this making room for two new artists to join 195 Studios. I am excited to have this new space and I will show you all the new and exciting things I have planned, so stay tuned! ~ Sharka