Last sketches of 2018

Every year urban sketching brings me so much to be thankful for. Not only for the opportunities to sketch in beautiful places, some quite far from home, but also for the chance to meet incredible people — in workshops, at symposia, on the street as I sketch — who enrich my life in so many ways.

Yesterday I sketched in Naples, Florida, with my friend John who I met for the first time at the Urban Sketchers Symposium in Santo Domingo in 2012. He took me sketching in beautiful Old Naples where many of the historic cottages are hidden behind tangled gardens. This house was really special. Have a look at John’s sketches of Naples here.

This morning I sketched on the canal again, and just as I was nearing the end of the sketch the sun came out, casting all of those beautiful diagonal shadows across the scene.

Hope you have a happy new year and lots of happy sketching moments in 2019!

16 Comments on “Last sketches of 2018”

  1. Sadje says:

    Amazing pictures


  2. TonyU says:

    Two more wonderful sketches to match those you’ve given us throughout the year. Thanks for sharing and letting us follow along. Best wishes for 2019 …… book year!


  3. PK Smith says:

    Your painting is so delightful and it has been fun to watch how incredible your mastery of watercolor has become. Your colors, value, shadows, drawing, composition…..thank you so much for sharing.


  4. NativeGifts says:

    i just thought you were planning ahead to give projects you are working on.


  5. Judi says:

    Thanks for all the beautiful sketches throughput the last year, Shari. Living on the opposite side of the world, I find them fascinating,. Looking forward to the 2019 posts.


  6. joantav says:

    I have enjoyed following you and your sketches in snowy Montreal, in your various locations for workshops, and as you vacation in Florida. They are inspiring and make me smile when I see something new that you post. Hope to see you somewhere in 2019…maybe Amsterdam. Have a wonderful New Year and a happy, healthy, productive, and inspirational 2019!


    • Joan, thank you so much for all the encouragement you send my way during the year. Your thoughtful comments are much appreciated. Hope to see you in Amsterdam!! Have a happy and healthy new year.


  7. Your artwork is inspiring to view. I look forward to seeing where your sketching takes you next.


  8. Donna says:

    And Happy New Year to you! Thanks for all the inspiration.


  9. drawandshoot says:

    So lovely! Best wishes for the new year, Shari!


  10. Wonderful sketches! I just discovered your blog today. It’s wonderful. Best wishes for the new year.


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