Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Shari Blaukopf: a drawing a day

One of my daily delights is a subscription to Shari Blaukopf 's blog. I can almost always count on an inventive and well-composed sketch to surprise and inform me.

Shari promised herself two years ago to do a drawing every day, and to post it on-line. She has training in graphic design, but had allowed her drawing skills to go fallow over the years. As a result of that commitment, she became involved with the international group Urban Sketchers, and then became one of their one hundred invited correspondents. The motto of the group is, "We aim to show the world, one drawing at a time."

Shari spoke to the Hudson Artists last year. She is a member of the Lakeshore Artists, a teacher at Vanier College, and organizer of Urban Sketchers: Montreal, a group that meets monthly to sketch the urban environment. All newcomers are welcomed.

When she is pressed for time, Shari will find something in her fridge to sketch. Often she does a simple drawing, at other times a watercolour sketch and sometimes, my favourite, a pen and ink drawing with watercolour added. Occasionally she discusses her materials: paper, brushes, and pigments. If I'm really lucky I'll be able to sign up for a workshop with Shari next summer. Fingers crossed!

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