AvatarWriters must write; it is part of how we are in the world.  Likewise, artists must practice their visual art – and none more faithfully than the group known as “urban sketchers.”  Like Shari Blaukopf of Montreal, who I discovered via her blog The Sketchbook (hosted by Word Press, as is my own blog).   It felt like a “sister” moment and I felt compelled to share her with all of you.

Granted, Shari and I have not met (but wouldn’t a trip to Montreal be just grand) yet I feel her energy every time I read her blog because she puts so much of herself on the page.  Every day she sketches a piece of her world, adding personal comments to the daily post, little bits of history, and painting tips.  Can you imagine the creative commitment to that kind of schedule? 

Like many sketchers, Shari has a career in a related field – as a graphic artist and a teacher — but she says that her passion is water color, and she uses that medium even in her sketches.  Somewhere in that busy schedule she also finds time to paint larger pieces and to sell them on her website. I normally do not insert photos in my blog, but this my favorite of her formal pieces so I couldn’t resist.
Shari is also a contributor to the Urban Sketchers International blog, whose commitment is to “see the world, one sketch at a time.”  If you are interested in seeing more of Shari’s work, you can find her on Urban Sketchers, on her blog The Sketchbook, or on her Blaukopf Watercolours website.

— Jonnie Martin

The Sketchbook

Blaukopf Watercolours

Urban Sketchers


About jonnietootling

It seems forever that I have seen myself as a writer, enamored of life and great literature. I have been a journalist, a blogger, a published novelist; hold both a Bachelor's and Master's in literature and creative writing. Now in my 70's I am blogging here about existence, philosophy, art, literature, people of every stripe, finding our way through life, and growing old with panache.
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  1. I love her style and use of color!


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