A little surprise in the mail

Look what arrived in the mail today! It’s the first copy of my book “The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color“. I was so thrilled to see it in print that I had to get my husband to flip through it for me while I did this video. It’s scheduled to be in the hands of retailers at the end of March, and that’s when pre-orders should arrive too. I am grateful to the many contributors who generously sent me their sketches to be included here.

It’s a relief after all the work to see that the colour reproduction is good (especially for a book about colour) and that everything is where it should be.

120 Comments on “A little surprise in the mail”

  1. Jere McInerney says:

    i’ve already ordered my copy…..excited to see it when it arrives.

  2. Carol Bershad says:

    Congratulations, Shari. Can’t wait to have it in my hands too. What an accomplishment!

  3. Christine says:

    Can’t wait! Looks fabulous.

  4. Carol Bly says:

    Congratulations! I’m so excited to read it – I’ve taken both of your classes and am amazed with all of your paintings! Love them!

  5. Barbara Beynon says:

    Congratulations, Shari! What a wonderful feeling it must be to have that book in your hands. Looking forward to holding my own copy soon.

  6. Christine Belanger says:

    Thank you for the preview – it looks great. I look forward to receiving my copy. Thank you also for all the wonderful inspiration you provide.

  7. Anne Peterson says:

    Awesome!!! Congrats on this beautiful book…I can’t wait to get one in my hands…

  8. Gail B says:

    Can your books be purchased directly from you, Shari?

    Gail Brooker

    • Gail, I can get books to sell on my own but then I have to add shipping to the cost of it. If you buy it from an online retailer then you can often get free shipping. Unless of course you want a signed copy. Then you could let me know and I will send you one. For now I only have one copy but I think I will get more when they get shipped to retailers.

  9. pamlopez15 says:

    So thrilled for you! The preview looks great! Am looking forward to seeing my copy!

  10. Nicole de Sainte Marie says:

    A perfect little gem. Can’t wait to receive my copy. Good luck! That’s a gimme. Nicole de Sainte Marie


  11. Lee Kline says:

    Congratulations Shari! I’ll buy it.

  12. Anne says:

    Congratulations on bringing to life your beautiful book! I’m excited have a copy as soon as it comes out.

  13. Debra Ganong says:

    So beautiful Shari and congratulations for the completion of a worthwhile project! Bravo can’t wait to see it! Deb


  14. Chris Rusk says:

    Many people do not realize the effort it takes to produce a high quality print product. My hat is off to you Shari – I know the blood sweat and tears involved. There is no better joy than holding the prize in your hand and taking in all the elements that turned out just right. Enjoy!

    • Chris, that is very true. A book is a labour of love. I designed it too, and illustrated all the colour swatches and samples, so it did take a lot of time to put it all together. But you’re right, it is a joy to finally hold it in my hands. Thanks!

  15. Kathy Noble says:

    Congratulations Shari! I can’t WAIT to get it!!! I pre-ordered it months ago and looking at this video I can see it is going to be as fabulous as I hoped/expected🤗

  16. Patricia Kidd says:

    congratulations!!!! Your work is sublime!

  17. Yvonne says:

    I can hardly wait to see it – I pre-ordered it on Amazon when you announced it 😉

  18. CandyH2O says:

    Congratulations! Looks great!

  19. -N- says:

    I ordered it when you announced it, and am excited to know it is looking so nice! I am sure you are thrilled beyond measure. Congratulations.

  20. Beverley Rankin says:


  21. Ghislaine Gargaro says:

    Congratulations! Looks very informative. I will get my copy.

  22. Nessa Neilson Morse says:

    Shari- It looks great. I pre ordered it back some time ago when you first wrote about it and Amazon first listed it. I’ve been so eager to get the real thing. Congratulations on all your hard work. Thanks in advance for the delight and inspiration I know I’ll find when it finally arrives.
    Congratulations and best wishes👌😄🎆💥

  23. Rita Stalder says:

    wonderful, congratulations.

  24. Denise Gowan says:

    WOW!!! It looks gorgeous. I just placed my pre-order… Can’t think of a better from-me-to-me Valentine’s gift!!! Already looking forward to the April delivery. Congrats, Shari!!

  25. Carol says:

    how exciting, congratulations!

  26. Susan prince says:

    Congratulations! That is a beautiful book! I can’t wait to get mine!!!

  27. Madeline says:

    So exciting, I’ll be off to purchase mine as soon as they hit the shops! Hope you had a wee celebration 🎉.

  28. Donna Thibodeau says:

    It’s on my wish list for Mother’s Day.

  29. Denise says:

    Congratulations! A well deserved accomplishment. Will you autograph my copy if I bring it with me to the Fredericksburg workshop??

  30. Margaret Horak says:

    Just ordered mine this week!

  31. Margriet says:

    Incredible accomplishment!
    We’ll just have to wait a lil longer,
    looking forward to getting it from Amazon!!

  32. Hubert Langevin says:

    I am happy to know that this long worked on project will finally reach the editor.

    I am anxious to hold it in my hands.

    I’ve already written to Chapters/Indigo that I was interested to buy one copy. I hope that I am still on the mailing list.

    Congratulations for all this work.

    Yours truly.

    Hubert Langevin


  33. mayelalameda says:

    Congrats! The book looks amazing. Can’t wait to have it in my hands.

  34. Kate Burroughs says:

    Congrats! Can’t wait to see a copy of it.

  35. Congratulations!! It looks wonderful.

  36. Bob Carrifee says:

    Looks great, ordered it!

  37. Congratulations Shari! a wonderful book! I shall check it out!

  38. sandidureice says:

    Wonderful! Looking forward to my copy. Congratulations Shari!

  39. Nathalie says:

    Félicitations Shari ! J’ai hâte de le voir !

  40. That’s great! Congratulations 🙂

  41. Tylara says:

    Wonderful! and what a relief that must be that the colours are accurate. Looking forward to seeing it in my own hands!

  42. Irina Chtypel says:

    Congratulations! Looks wonderful! Looking forward to getting it, love your work.

  43. Connie Bigelow says:

    Congratulations! Now I can’t wait til I have your little book in my hands!

  44. Andrew says:

    Looking forward to find it in my mailbox soon! 😀

  45. Ann Tyler says:

    Great – I’ve pre-ordered it from my local Waterstones Bookshop – well done you!

  46. Diane Widas says:

    Congrats Sherri! I can’t wait to have my copy in my hands soon. A wonderful accomplishment!

  47. Nancy Edwards says:

    Oh, I’m so glad it is finally available. I’ve ordered a copy and can’t wait to receive it. Thanks!

  48. TerryKrysak says:

    Congratulations, I hope it does very well!!

  49. Lisa at Greenbow says:

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to see it in person.

  50. TonyU says:

    Looks wonderful Shari – and good to know that even husbands can be useful sometimes.

  51. Vesna Matthies says:

    Great ! I just pre-ordered a copy through Amazon…..looking forward to my surprize in April !

  52. Mira says:

    Congratulations Shari! Really looking forward to receiving it…..great job! Mira xx

  53. Gil Zarins says:

    …and suddenly it’s here! Looks awesome, wish I was paging through it, best wishes for it’s success!

  54. Leonie says:

    I’ve ordered my copy and it looks really interesting so it will be exciting to hold it and look through

  55. Awesome! thanks for sharing. Very inspiring and true 🙂

  56. Felecia Babb says:

    Congratulations! Well done.

  57. Karen says:

    I’m so excited about your book. I’ve had it on pre order for 6 months. Really love your watercolors. Keep enjoying it.

  58. teylyn says:

    I love your Craftsy courses and I just pre-ordered your book. Well done. I wish you lots of success!!

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