Thrilled to announce my first book!

What an exciting day! I can finally talk about the project that’s been keeping me occupied for many months. I’m thrilled to announce the pre-order of my first published book for Quarry Books — The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color.

It’s the fifth book in a wonderful series, with others by Gabi Campanario, Veronica Lawlor and Stephanie Bower. Great company indeed.

I’ll be posting more soon about the contents of the book, but in brief, it’s about using colour creatively and expressively in your urban sketches. I go into lots of detail about materials and techniques, colour mixing, using limited palettes, neutral colour and colour relationships. And along with my own work, I’m honoured to feature many contributors from the Urban Sketchers community.

It’s been a dream of mine to write a book, and the timing was just right for this one since it coincided with my summer break from school. Of course that means I didn’t get much painting done these past few months, but I’ll be catching up on that soon. The book will be coming out in April 2019, and you can pre-order from the links below.

In the US: | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound

In the UK: | Waterstones | BookDepositoryBooks etc

In Canada: |

In Australia:


109 Comments on “Thrilled to announce my first book!”

  1. Benadette says:

    Oh, I am so happy to hear that you have written a book! I do not work well with online courses. Yes, I will order one soon.

  2. Jane Hannah says:

    Congratulations Shari -)))

  3. Mary Heath says:

    Congratulations, Shari! You will be on the bestsellers list in Anacortes!

    Best, Mary Heath

    Sent from my iPhone


  4. Margriet Bunger says:

    Congratulations Shari, so exciting for you and for all of us who adore and admire your art !! 💫💥✨

  5. Kay Gasser says:

    So happy for you. Congratulations! Can’t wait to get a copy – love your watercolor paintings.

  6. Wayne Bissky says:

    Just placed my order. Hope you make millions $ !

    Sent from my Wayne Bissky’s iPad.


  7. Jeanne says:

    So Thrilled you have written a book as I have taken your classes on Craftsy and follow your blogs. Love your style of painting. Just pre-ordered the book. Thank you!

  8. Reissa Rapkin says:

    Congratulations Shari. You deserve this great news

  9. Johanne Cousineau says:

    Very exciting, congratulations! Johanne

  10. hyllaevans says:

    Mazel tov!

    Hylla Evans Evans Encaustics

  11. brubakerr says:

    Hooray! Congratulations,Shari. I just preordered my copy. I can’t wait to get it.

  12. Stephen Rodin says:

    Congratulations, I’m happy for you, I can’t wait to see it

  13. Jeff Gold says:

    Great news! I can’t wait. Good luck with it.

  14. Susan says:

    Congrats, Shari. That is very exciting.

  15. Myra Ouwendyk says:

    Congratulations Shari!!


  16. Jodi says:

    Congratulations Shari!! So exciting! Just pre-ordered your book – wish I didn’t have to wait until April! 🙂

  17. Carol King says:

    Congratulations!!! I’ve already pre-ordered it!!!

  18. Agnes Bolley says:

    Great Shari! I ‘ve been following you for a while from afar and could not attend your workshop in Porto! for your info in Australia it is available for pre order at Book depository with no shipping cost! . can’t wait to get it!

  19. Congrats! I am going to pre-order and look forward to it!! I too wrote a book that you can find on Amazon but not with my watercolors…an inspirational book. I enJOY reading your daily posts and you inspire my art greatly!


  20. Jeanine Baker says:

    Can’t wait to order a copy😁

  21. Jean says:

    I have now pre-ordered your “Working with Colour” book and look forward to its arrival in 2019.

  22. Dee Ludwig says:

    Just pre ordered. I am thrilled!

  23. Jean says:

    I have now pre-ordered your “Working with Colour” book and look forward to its arrival in 2019. Congratulations on your new book!

  24. lise says:

    Great! … Bravo! … J’ai hâte de le recevoir! Lise

  25. Congratulations! Best of luck on y our book!

  26. Sylvie says:

    Congratulations… I can’t wait…

  27. Sylvie Marie Héroux says:

    So cool! I love the books in this series. I will get yours for sure.

  28. Carol Bershad says:

    Congratulations, Shari. I’ve just ordered it and looking forward to it. Don’t know how you fit in writing a book with your busy schedule, but I’m glad you did. Carol

  29. Linda Murray says:

    Congratulations, Shari! That front cover is awesome! 👍

  30. Rooi says:

    Congratulations. She has done it..
    Just pre-ordered mine.. setup my countdown, 209 days to go.. But i want a signed copy!!!!!!

  31. Barbara Beynon says:

    This is wonderful news–congratulations, Shari! I know your book will be a great addition to the series.

  32. claire russell says:


    I will order it from one of my favorite independent bookstores in the Seattle area. I have been a follower of yours for years, have taken both of your Craftsy classes. It was because of you that I learned about Craftsy. (If it were not for you, I would never have given a site called “Craftsy” a second, or even first, look!)

    Eagerly waiting for April,
    Claire Russell

    P.S. Next month I will be in Rome for 3 weeks, brushes in hand!

    Creative projects and paintings:

  33. Fantastic news, Shari! Congratulations!!

  34. Cindy C says:

    Congratulations……. so exciting!!!!

  35. Julie Gomez says:

    I am so happy for you, Shari. Congratulations!

  36. Soni says:

    FINALLY !!! Pre-ordered & looking so forward to it !! ! another wish granted

    Congratulations – that’s a huge job

  37. jansiking says:

    That sounds wonderful! Congratulations, Shari!!!!

  38. redharparts says:

    Congratulations! I just heard about it from a post by Stephanie Bower. I look forward to getting it. I’ve put it on my Amazon wish list so I will remember but plan, instead, to buy it locally from the Daniel Smith mothership as they have the rest in stock!

  39. Randall Robbins says:

    Thank you. Pre-order this book ✅. Can’t wait for it to arrive.

  40. Congratulations!! This is amazing.

  41. Cornelia Emery says:

    Eek! The link in the first paragraph leads to A site showing your book as authored by “Ms. Shari Blaukopf”. Sounds a bit old timey to me. has plain, professional “Shari Blaukopf”. Just a thought.


  42. Dineke (aka Senta) says:


  43. Judy Sopher says:

    Also-pre-ordered. Excited to be getting this. I have others in this series and they are excellent. I know yours will be outstanding. Congratulations.

  44. calebbiz says:

    nice to hear that. big up little mummy

  45. cybaea says:

    Congratulations! But I am frustrated that we have to wait eight months to get it….! I want, I want…

  46. loisajay says:

    This is so exciting, Shari! I will most definitely pre-order! Congratulations to you.

  47. Monique says:

    I am so looking froward to it! Bravo!!

  48. Mary Norris says:


    Sent from my iPhone


  49. Mary Ramsey King says:

    so excited love your work. would love to have a workshop with you

  50. Hi Shari! Congratulations on the publishing of your first book. I have followed your blog for awhile now and love your posts and your paintings. I just pre-ordered your book and am looking forward to reading it and trying your techniques. I am not a painter, but your posts inspire me to try.

  51. Catherine Moore says:

    I love your Craftsy classes and already own of the books in this series, so naturally I pre-ordered and can’t wait to hear more from you. Congratulations on what is sure to be a very popular book.

  52. Gil Zarins says:

    Boy, has this gotten a great response, what another nice step in your extraordinary charier! Best wishes, I’m looking forward to it!

  53. Anne Ritchie Klaus says:

    Congratulations Shari – what an achievement. I so look forward to studying it! Continuing to digest all you taught this summer. 🙂

  54. James Hancock says:

    Congrats Shari, great news, looking forward to getting your tome!😅

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