An anniversary thank you

Wow. Today is an anniversary. I wrote my first post on this blog exactly eight years ago today. How my life has changed! I have published a book, I have online classes, and I get to travel and give workshops in the most spectacular places. But most importantly, I have gotten to know so many amazing people from all over the world. Many in person, but also many simply by reading their comments on the blog.

A few stats: in the past eight years I have created 1,826 blog posts and read and responded to over 15,000 comments (the numbers are double that, but that counts my responses too, and I try to respond to everyone). If you are one of those people who has written to me, I just want to let you know how much this means to me. Your feedback and encouragement, kind words, funny responses and heartfelt appreciation has made writing and posting an absolute joy for me. In gratitude for you taking the time out of your busy day to send me a note sometime during the past eight years, I’m going to do a draw for one of my original watercolours of the famous rusty wheelbarrow. So drop me a line, once again, in the comments section of the blog. I’ll put the names in a hat and draw a winner next week sometime. And once again, merci, merci!


196 Comments on “An anniversary thank you”

  1. Carmen Renaud says:

    I never cease to be amazed at how many times one can sketch the same subject and still be interesting and different.

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  2. Happy anniversary and thank you for this creative and inspiring blog!

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  3. Muriel Fitzsimmons says:

    Wow! Love this painting.

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  4. Denise says:

    The trusty wheelbarrow!!! I’m excited for whomever wins your painting. Congrats on your anniversary!! I haven’t been with you the entire 8 years, but I got here at fast as I could… 🙂 🙂

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  5. Donna Thibodeau says:

    Shari, I so appreciate your willingness to share. You have personally answered many of my questions on the blog. If I could do plein air paintings like yours I would stop reading. Thank you.

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  6. David DeVaul says:

    Thanks, You are an inspiration!

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  7. Laura Batzli says:

    I have been reading your blog for about a year. I laugh every time you paint your wheel barrow. I have a few items in my yard that remain there year after year. I am especially impressed with your winter (snow) shadows. So please put my name in the “hat”. This painting would be an amazing win for anyone.

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  8. MC McDonnell says:

    Congratulations Shari! I look forward to your blog and continue to learn so much from you.

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  9. sandidureice says:

    Happy Anniversary Shari. So pleased our comments have been such a joy for you. We do have to keep you painting your blog. Thank you.

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  10. pamandherart says:

    I love your honest commentaries about the ups and downs of urban sketching. It is great to watch your work evolve! Being more enthusiastic than truly talented as a sketcher, I marvel at some of the complex paintings (especially with lots of boats!).
    I would love to welcome your rusty wheelbarrow into my home!
    Keep up the wonderful work.
    Pam C

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  11. Lynn Young says:

    Shari
    I so enjoyed meeting you at Aleli’s this summer. Taking your class has helped my art in so many ways. It was just what I needed. !
    I am seeing differently which is always a good thing . Love seeing your paintings on your blog, along with all your stories that go along with .
    Keep up the good work and all your adventures!
    Lynn

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  12. Gia Mendoza says:

    Of course I want to be in on the draw! Congratulations to a wonderful artist and greetings from Bradenton, Florida. Gia Mendoza

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  13. Janet says:

    Congratulations Shari. You must love it because it is a challenge to post regularly, work at your daytime job, keep up with regular family matters, paint, spend time with friends and put up your wheelbarrow for winter. Your hard work has been paying off with amazing travels & your books. It is great to follow along with your blog & admire your paintings as well. Here’s hoping the next eight years are as enjoyable & fruitful.
    Ciao
    Janet

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  14. Chris Rusk says:

    Your Wheelbarrow series is beginning to remind me of Monet’s grain stacks.
    Both sets are great examples of light and colour. Although, I don’t think Monet ever tackled snow in his respective series.
    I always look forward to seeing ‘what your wheelbarrow is doing’. Much appreciated, as always 🙂

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  15. Carol Balabanow says:

    Some of my favorite posts are the sketches you do in your car in the winter!

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  16. Congratulations on the milestone. Here’s to another eight years.

    My website is still a work in progress.

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  17. loisajay says:

    Congratulations to you, Shari! I study your paintings….mine never come out anything like yours, but still I study them! 😀

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  18. beth says:

    congrats on 8 years and here’s to many more ! I’d love to win your wheelbarrow )

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  19. Diane Harvey says:

    I always look forward to your postings, tips and comments! One of best of the online blogs about handling watercolor. Thank you!

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  20. Myra Ouwendyk says:

    thank you for sharing your beautiful work. You are not only a talented artist but also an articulate blogger. I so enjoy being a witness to your journey!

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  21. Marshall Harrison says:

    Congratulations on your milestone. Here’s to another eight years.

    My website is a work in progress but I just started my art/sketching journey after I retired last year.

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  22. Christine Belanger says:

    Thank you for your inspiration. Your paintings are wonderful!

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  23. urbanspinner says:

    Happy anniversary, Shari! Your work is a constant inspiration.

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  24. Bonnie Olpin says:

    Love that wheel barrow and you! Queen of snow and power lines and teaching!

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  25. Deb DesMarteau says:

    I have enjoyed the seasonal iterations of your wheelbarrow and always admire your use of vibrant colors and expressive strokes. Congratulations on the anniversary milestone.

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  26. urbanspinner says:

    Happy anniversary, Shari! Your work is always an inspiration!

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  27. Lynn Cothern says:

    I love your painting, especially snow shadows. Keep up the good work. Maybe one day I’ll get to take a class with you!

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  28. Barb Diltz Chandler says:

    Congratulations for your anniversary, Shari. You’ve worked hard and well deserve all the accolades you receive.

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  29. Margriet Bunger says:

    Your blogs, online classes and workshops have been truly inspirational and you have connected with so many of us as an incredible artist, teacher and person. Congratulations to you and looking forward to many more years of Alice, wheelbarrows, snow scenes, flowerpots, boats etc!!

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  30. Barbara says:

    W O W 8 years….I am so happy for you. You have inspired me and many other artists from around the world. A big thank you and I am looking forward to exploring more. Cheers!

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  31. Susan says:

    Thank you for all your years of blogs, I never cease to enjoy your fresh approach and honest commentary. Well done.

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  32. debraji says:

    I love the shadows on the snow, and that shot of red in the wheelbarrow.

    It’s been a pleasure to learn from you.

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  33. Nanci says:

    Thank you for your inspiring blog and work. You have really had a creative journey

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  34. Rita Cleary says:

    Well, congrats on eight years, Shari! I trust you have some sort of program that keeps those close tabs. I read and enjoy all your posts, comments, and paintings. They do inspire me! I would love to be the winner of one of your wheelbarrow paintings!

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  35. Margie Beedle says:

    Hi Shari,
    Such a pleasure to meet you and Spyro! Thank you for a great workshop this September and for being a constant source of inspiration over the years!
    Congratulations on your eight year anniversary- it’s a testament to what one can accomplish, day by day.
    Cheers!
    Margie

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  36. Christine Walker Bird says:

    Having followed you on the blog and having been fortunate enough to take several of your classes, I can say that you absolutely deserve all the wonderful things that have happened.
    Christine

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  37. Cindy Cali says:

    Happy Anniversary Shari!! I look forward to each and every post. I truly learn from and enjoy your art. Looking forward to the next eight years 🎨✒️🎉😊

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  38. John Lillyman says:

    Congrats! Your work has inspired me!
    John Lillyman

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  39. Thanks. Happy aniversary !😊🌞🌞

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  40. Glenn Sutherland says:

    My calcs from your stats indicate a high commitment: posting, on average, 2 days out of 3 possible and responding at a rate of over 5 responses/day. Combine that with regular teaching, home life, travel, workshops, holidays, and…oh yes, sketching, and… the only conclusion can be ‘amazing commitment’! And the work – inspirational each post! Thanks very much! Glenn Sent from my iPhone

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  41. Jane Hannah says:

    Hi Shari — how can I pass this wonderful opportunity? Of course that I am in! And just to let you know that I am very very happy for you — I read all if your posts with great interest and I always learn something! So thank you my dear!!!

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  42. Carolyn H Cooper says:

    I’ve been a fan of yours since I bought and took the two classes from Craftsy. I love all the snow photos and I especially love the wheelbarrow paintings. I’m not familiar with snow as I live in the colorful Sonoran desert so it has been quite refreshing to see “cold” photos when we are having out hottest days here. Happy Anniversary! I jump to look at you drawings and paintings. I love you dog. I keep trying to draw my dogs but they don’t look right yet. I keep trying and trying.
    Thanks again Shari for thinking of your faithful admirers.

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  43. Tracey says:

    What a joy it would be!
    Always love your fulsome posts. Many thanks for your consistent efforts!

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  44. Mary Sauter says:

    I read your blog every day and look forward to it as a learning opportunity as well as an inspiration! I so admire your skills, but mostly I feel like I have a talented artist friend who shares her knowledge and talents with me !! Happy anniversary and keep painting!
    Mary Sauter – in Minnesota, USA

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  45. karen colson says:

    What a milestone! I am one who follows you, admires you, and learns from you…and I know one day…Ill be lucky enough to be with you in person as you so generously share you gifts as an artist and teacher.. Cheers to you!

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  46. Congrats on eight years! You have been a great role model for how to do an exceptional blog. Thanks for sharing your creativity and artistic talents so generously!

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  47. Donna says:

    You are such a thoughtful person. I appreciate all the time you put into the blog. Always look forward to your latest thoughts and techniques. A big thank you to YOU for thinking of all of us that follow you.

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  48. zainab tambawalla says:

    Congratulations! You are my source for inspiration 😊

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  49. Donna says:

    You are such a thoughtful person. Always look forward to your blog to see your techniques and info on various products. A big thank you to you for doing this.

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  50. timdada says:

    Hi Shari, I probably have figured this out all wrong, but I love your website and visit it whenever I get your daily emails. I bought one of your prints a few years ago. And I love it. I am sure it will increase in value as time goes on, but I don’t care. I just like looking at it. You are one of the best watercolorist active today and I wish you the best. I have done some history about “Mount Royal” and as a fan of baseball I know about your city’s historic player.

    Sincerely, Tim Mancusi

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  51. Donna says:

    Sorry for the double entry. Got message that it did not go through. Oh well.

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  52. Jean says:

    Happy 8th Blog-Anniversary! Thanks for sharing your work and talent!

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  53. Lyne Riel says:

    I been following June 20 2012. I love all your drawings and hopping that one day I can attend on of your work shop. But I am still trying to learn to draw.

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  54. Marylin Smith says:

    I LOVE this wheelbarrow!…. I feel like I know it personally! ( I live in Queensland, Australia)

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  55. Sue McKee says:

    I find the wheelbarrow paintings quite enchanting, And comforting in their simplicity of subject but complexity of art. I look forward to each and every image I receive from you. I admire your amazing energy and endurance. Sue McKee

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  56. Jeanette Susanne says:

    I enjoy reading your posts and love your paintings / style of painting. Thank you for brightening my day.

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  57. Sherri T Skrivanos says:

    Congratulations on 8 years! I found your blog soon after I picked up watercolors (just 7 years ago). It has been so inspiring and instructive.

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  58. Denise says:

    Congrats Shari, on this great accomplishment. I think we are the ones to be thanking you for your inspiration and encouragement for those of us lucky enough to have taken a workshop with you or purchasing an on line class. My life has been enriched by the wonders of your painting!!

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  59. Kate Burroughs says:

    Congrats on 8 years! I feel really blessed to read so many good art blogs, like yours. Thanks!

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  60. John Hofman says:

    Congratulations Shari. Looking forward to the next episode of the rusty wheel barrel

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  61. Gail Young says:

    I love your blog and have been reading it and ‘Pining” it on my Pinterest board for several years. It is fun to get a glimpse of your town and the places you travel to, and I cant even count the paintings of yours that I have attempted to emulate so that I could try shadows, or power lines, or building up layers , etc. Just for my own practice as I have zero sketching capabilities and didn’t know where else to start. I have fallen in love with watercolor painting because of your blog posts and what they have taught me! I think your paintings are magical. Thank you so very much for sharing your life in this way with all of us! (I adore your wheelbarrow)

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  62. Kirk says:

    Congratulations! You need to realize how much enjoyment and enrichment you provide to your followers, including myself. Thanks!

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  63. Mary says:

    Great painting for this post! I love that one!! Congrats on 8years.

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  64. zuzala says:

    Hoping your trajectory continues in this amazing upward and onward direction!

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  65. Kelly purcell says:

    Happy Anniversary Shari, your beautiful paintings always put a smile on my face. Even on those horrible cold and windy winter days your work beautifully captures the essence of Montreal.
    Kelly

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  66. Birte Paul says:

    I love your wheel barrow in the snow……soon it will be that time again ❄️☃️

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  67. Guylymburner says:

    Le mien l’hiver dernier, était sous la neige!!! Impossible de le reproduire.

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  68. Diane says:

    Congratulation for this milestone. Please keep posting as it always bring joy to so many of us, specially during those hard winter days.

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  69. Judith Lais says:

    Shari, that old rusty wheelbarrow has become a friend over the years of reading your blogs and seeing the annual paintings of it in various seasons.
    Your art inspires me to work harder at my painting. Thank you.

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  70. Shari – However busy I am, I will leave the other emails so that I can open yours up first. I LOVE your work and so admire your skill. You can take such a simple scene as a wheelbarrow against a tree, and make it come alive. Your paintings have such vibrancy and life. I sketch on vacation and have actually published a sketchbook of 240 images of my home town (Santa Cruz, California – with 8,000 copies sold!) but it is so amateurish compared to your work. One day I want to take one of your workshops. Keep on posting and congratulations!

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  71. Dawn says:

    Congratulations!! That’s quite an accomplishment!!

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  72. Christine says:

    Hi Shari, I have really enjoyed your blogs over the years and particularly love your garden sketches and paintings. They remind me of my early years in England. Here in TX it is hard to have a garden so your images help me to remember.

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  73. Elaine says:

    Congratulations and Happy Anniversary! I am rather new to your blog, and enjoying it very much. Love the wheelbarrow painting – looks almost like outside my snowy, cold window today. Thank you for all the inspiration!

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  74. Chris kopet says:

    I always look forward to your blog. Your paintings are just beautiful! Inspiring and elegant. It is so much fun to see how you translate the world into paint. Congratulations!

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  75. Ruth Bosveld says:

    Your blog gives me a great deal of pleasure, Shari. Thank you and happy anniversary!

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  76. Connie Bigelow says:

    Happy anniversary! I took your 2 online classes on craftsy last year when I first started painting,I have learned so much from you. I really admire your style and talent . I can’t wait for my issue of watercolor artist to come in the mail because they featuring you and your work.

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  77. miatagrrl says:

    Congrats, Shari! I love your blog… it’s a continual source of inspiration.

    – Tina

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  78. Sue says:

    Congratulations! Eight years is quite a milestone to be recognized!

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  79. arlynab says:

    CONGRATULATIONS! You’ve been a big inspiration and I continue to view your online classes to keep motivated 🙂

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  80. Bravo, Shari! Your blog has been an amazing source of inspiration and information to a beginning artist like me for which I am deeply thankful. It would be such a delight to have a painting of your wheelbarrow whom I affectionately call Wilbur! 🤞🤞

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  81. Ghislaine Gargaro says:

    You are a dedicated artist and your passion is inspiring. Thank you

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  82. Judy Sopher says:

    Seems like I have been following you for longer than 8 years. For me it started with your Craftsy courses. I don’t know if I ever told you that I had given up on watercolor until I watched those courses. and it has really changed my life as an artist. I cannot thank you enough.

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  83. Gerd Nijs says:

    There is always something new I learn just from looking at your sketches. I just love the way you put colour and shadows on the paper. It inspires me to pick up my brush so please keep posting.

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  84. Congratulations, and thank you for taking the time to share your beautiful work with all of us. The inspiration is a vitamin in the art studio. And your wheel barrow watercolor sketches have always been some of my favorites!

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  85. TonyU says:

    Congratulations Shari and thanks for sharing your sketches, thoughts and travels over the past eight years. So pleased to know that wheelbarrow is finally going to get a decent home!

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  86. George Mellen says:

    Your emails, each with a beautiful painting, is the bright spot in my daily email routine. Thanks so much for your inspiration.

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  87. Marisa Padovan says:

    Thank you for the inspiration. It’s always a great pleasure to read your blog.

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  88. Kelly Burroughs says:

    What a kind appreciation of the people who follow you. I only started about six months ago and always look forward to your blogs.

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  89. Isabel Maria says:

    Your amazing blog have been an inspiration to begin painting outside!! Congratulations for the anniversary! 😄👍🏻

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  90. Doug Elliot says:

    I admire the clean confident sketches you do and love the contrast you get.

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  91. Julie Dober says:

    Gidday Shari from here in Australia. I’ve been following your blog almost from the beginning and have also completed your Craftsy classes. Many thanks for all your work and sharing. I’ve enjoyed watching how much your art has grown over the years and it inspires me to keep practising my own art. In the blazing hot Australian summer, I love getting lost in your snowy wintery scenes.
    Cheerio, Julie

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  92. Happy anniversary and congratulations on your success. You are a hard working & talented artist getting the recognition you well deserve.

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  93. mirobolante says:

    Shari, J´ai le vif souvenir du jour où j´ai découvert tes aquarelles. Je dirais qu´il fait bien huit ans que je te suis en admiratrice de ton style et de ton savoir-faire comme communicatrice et comme prof (stage à Paris en 2012 !!!). Continue … félicitations pour toute ton oeuvre.

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  94. Nancy says:

    Shari, Happy Anniversary! You have always replied to any questions I’ve had over the years which has been appreciated. I look forward to your blog every day for several reasons. You are a gifted artist who inspires people like me. Thank you.

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  95. Lijn Hof says:

    Thank you, Shari, for being a generous person and sharing so much information. I love the wheelbarrow, not only have you painted it many times with elegance, it also tells a story and one of the fun extra’s of your blog is exactly that. The narrative element. And of course it makes me think of Walt Whitman…

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  96. Leonie McLaren says:

    Shari, I love your work and have appreciated your responding to questions and comments. Congrats on 8 years – that is a amazing achievement. Keep sharing. I love your wheelbarrow and the different moods and the different takes on it

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  97. Ginette says:

    Congratulations ! Each of your posts are an inspiration for me…Please continue to ensure the happiness of all your fans. Thank you !

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  98. Jane Jackson says:

    Congratulations Shari, it is great that you get so much pleasure from giving and sharing. A big thankyou for taking the time to make individual responses to questions and queries and for being so generous with your advice, your art and your thoughts on life!

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  99. Marie Roy says:

    You really are a master at putting in all the necessary detail with the fewest strokes possible. I never tire of your work- always so captivating and you colour pallet is wonderful! Congratulations for 8 wonderful years!

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  100. Judy Fine says:

    Congratulations Shari on this wonderful accomplishment. One of life’s milestones. For myself, I have enjoyed the Craftsy class in which you really gave me the spark to try sketching and water coloring what I drew. I fondly remember the day I decided to send you my picture, and your reply was so encouraging, it was as if I was your special student sitting together on site drawing and painting. I have continued on as I follow your blog for several years. I continue to study your paintings in order to learn by observation. I really love your work, and honestly the blog really keeps me feeling like I can always learn from you. Many thanks for opening a new skill to enjoy. Sincerely, Judy Fine

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  101. Bernadette says:

    Thank you for all the years you have given so freely of your time, talents and inspiring words of encouragement. So many times I have envied the students who have sat in your classroom, learning from you daily. Your words have challenged me in many ways, many times. I try to memorize your washes, so clean and fresh, so uncomplicated. You must be highly organized to manage such a full schedule of daily duties along with daily joys of painting and sharing with us. Thank you for your generous heart, thoughtful and informative posts, inspiring paintings and kindness of time and teaching. May God bless you richly for all you have given.

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  102. Doug Stewart says:

    Shari,
    Happy Anniversary. I have been enjoying your daily posts for, probably, 5 or 6 years. You continue to inspire me to do more of my own artwork. I especially enjoy your work featuring boats. I hope to continue to enjoy your tips, tricks and paintings for many more years.
    Thank you for keeping this going,
    Doug

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  103. Agnès Bolley-Vittot says:

    Hi Shari , following you is such a window open to a poetic world ! Your paintings of the snow and cold weather made me like and even want some colder weather here in South Australia. Wishing for some snow to try painting this light your paintings know how to capture! Thank U again and keep them coming!

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  104. Elaine Archambault says:

    Bravo Shari, I so appreciate your inspiring blogs, you are very generous with all your followers like me who love your sketches and the writings that accompany them, your travels that take us along your journey and your kind responses to our comments. Thank you .

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  105. louboyer says:

    I love to follow you, and I enjoyed following an online course. You make simple scenes look so great 😀

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  106. Beste says:

    Happy Anniversary Shari! I have been enjoying your blog posts all along. Some days your art brightens my day and some days I keep looking at them to figure out how easy you make it look to create these beautiful pieces. Thank you and wish you many more anniversaries!

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  107. Adina says:

    Oh, my Goodness, this would be awesome! Happy anniversary & I am sorry for myself I discovered your awesome workshops, book, Instagram & all only last year… 😀 Looking forward to your workshop in December! Thank you for all the inspiration & many happier returns of this day!

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  108. Karen says:

    Congrats ❣️love having you in my life!

    Sent from my iPhone Karen E Smith

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  109. Barbara says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary and thank YOU for sharing your joyful watercolors. You inspire me to keep trying.

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  110. monique says:

    So proud of you ..Congratulations..you are a total inspiration.Here’s to many more exciting happy years to you.

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  111. Ann says:

    Thank you, Shari, for being so generous with your time and knowledge.

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  112. toddpop1 says:

    Thanks for sharing your journey- it has helped make mine better.

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  113. Carole Nielsen says:

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful work with us. You have been such an inspiration. I was so happy when my issue of watercolor artist arrived. I immediately knew that was your work on the cover! Congratulations on all of your success. I hope some day to be a student in one of your workshops.
    Carole

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  114. Lorraine Arsenault says:

    Merci à toi! In sharing your passion, you have kept ours alive. Thank you.

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  115. Leslie Wright says:

    Happy Anniversary Shari! It has been a joy to meet you & continue to follow your work through this blog. You are amazing!

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  116. John Hume says:

    I have learned much from your paintings. It’s nice to see your area and all of your travels through your brushes

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  117. Elizabeth says:

    Congratulations and many thanks. Always look forward to your beautiful and inspiring sketches. So much to enjoy and learn from your handling of the scenes.

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  118. Elke Roth Attal says:

    Just to let you know, Shari, that you are an inspiration for me and so many others. Your sketches, your comments enrich our lives and I must say that I always look forward to your comments, your advice and observations. THANK YOU!

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  119. Lorna Van Esch says:

    Happy anniversary Shari! Thank you so much for all of your inspiration and sharing in these blogs, your travels and online courses.

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  120. S Hampel says:

    Your paintings are inspirational! Thanks for blogging them!

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  121. Julie Crouch says:

    You have inspired me so much, Shari. At the moment, I am REREADING your fabulous book, chock-filled with so much wisdom. I hope that I can join one of your workshops one day.

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  122. Susan Furrie says:

    Seeing your lovely paintings encourages me to keep up with my sketching Love ;your work Shari

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  123. Gail Jones says:

    Just getting ready to start your class in Craftsy. I bought it awhile back and now want to finally do it and learn your painting style for scenery. I love your pictures!

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  124. Jasmine says:

    À l’occasion, je vais aussi revoir tes publications plus anciennes pour voir l’évolution de tes coups de crayon et pinceau… c’est très inspirant et motivant pour nous tous. Merci Shari de garder ce blog actif et de continuer à l’enrichir !

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  125. Gail Jones says:

    Hi Shari, Congratulations on your anniversary. I love your art and look forward to finally starting your scenery class in a month or two. Just finishing up in a watercolor school first. Happy painting! 🙂
    In Christ,
    Gail J.

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  126. Patricia says:

    It just goes to show that persistence, dedication, taking chances, having a vision, loving a medium, taking time, experimenting, sharing with others, sacrificing, just to name of few things that you have shown us over the years.Thank you for your talent which inspires so much inspiration to us all.

    Thank you, Shari
    It is going to be an honor to paint with you in beautiful Montana

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  127. gaelle1947 says:

    Happy Anniversary and a wish that many many more anniversaries will come around! Thanks for spreading and nourishing the love of sketching to all your online tribe – I can’t remember exactly when I happened across your site, but it was an amazing discovery and one that continues to inspire me with each new post you share!

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  128. Lynn says:

    Hi Shari, I have loved every single post! I still keep thinking about how i can arrange a workshop for you here in Bishop, CA! I’ll stay in touch. Happy Anniversary. xoxoLynn

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  129. ravel99 says:

    Dear Shari, Congrats and THANK you for sharing your inspiring messages and lively, colourful works!

    Linda Levar

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  130. Kathleen (Kelly) Morrison says:

    Congratulations Shari for sharing your skill and passion for the last eight years. I love to follow your blog and have really enjoyed your travels. Kelly Morrison

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  131. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your fabulous work. It’s an great inspiration for most of us!

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  132. John says:

    Your wonderfully observed watercolours are a joy to see. Congrats and keep them coming!

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  133. pjserr says:

    Your art has inspired me from the moment I discovered your blog! Thank you Shari!

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  134. pjserr says:

    You have inspired me ever since I discovered your blog! Thank you Shari!

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  135. Estelle Bogoch says:

    You inspire me with each and every post. Thanks so much, Shari. From White Rock, B.C.

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  136. Raymonde Aubin says:

    I love your work and thank you for your generosity. Let us Know when you teach in Montréal.
    How much is your book? And how can i buy it?
    Bonne anniversaire 🎁
    Raymonde Aubin

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  137. denniskochem says:

    Wonderful wheelbarrow picture. Congratulations on your anniversary.

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  138. susanrwight says:

    I love your work and your teaching style! I have both of your videos and all of your books (I think). You are a wonderful inspiration!! Please add my name to the draw for a piece of your artwork, which I would dearly love.

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  139. mayelalameda says:

    Shari, congrats on this milestone. For the past three years I’ve being enjoying your weekly posts and drooling over your beautiful sketches. You are one of my favorite teachers and an Urban Sketcher super star.

    Just got my Watercolor Artist issue and cannot wait to read your article.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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  140. Laurel Horn says:

    Dear Shari, I was so touched to hear that you read all your comments and that they are meaningful to you. I am so new to art and watercolor that I think I have felt a little shy about commenting on your blog; but I have been so inspired by your paintings, and I want to thank you for posting so generously. I show your blog posts to my family all the time and say, “See? This is what I want to be able to do! Isn’t it beautiful?” Your online classes are so helpful to me too! Congratulations on your eight beautiful years!

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  141. Diane Wong says:

    Hi Shari – Happy Anniversary! Thanks for so generously sharing your talent with us. I love your blog posts, your beautiful work, your wonderful Craftsy videos ( I watch and re-watch them often), and your books. I always carry your “Working with Color” Urban Sketching Handbook in my painting kit with me. It’s so helpful and inspiring! I really do hope to take one of your workshops some day.

    Congratulations and Paint On!

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  142. joantav says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary, Shari! Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge with us and showing us that it is possible to get out there in the cold and snow to keep sketching. How great that someone is going to be lucky and win one of your paintings of that iconic wheelbarrow.

    By the way, I read somewhere that you retired from teaching…congratulations!!! I was wondering how your were swinging that last trip to Italy since it definitely wasn’t time for school to be off.

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  143. Muriel Scott-Smithl says:

    Cc Sent from my iPad

    > On Oct 10, 2019, at 8:07 PM, The Sketchbook wrot > > Congrats >

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  144. Nita says:

    Shari
    Thank you for all you have giving us and the encouragement to pursue an adventure in sketching and painting

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  145. Missy Walsh-Smith says:

    I love your blog. Thank you for sharing your beautiful artwork and for being so generous with your techniques! I have learned a lot from you:)

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  146. Frank Bettendorf says:

    Congratulations on the contributions you make to others. Your classes and blog do make a very positive addition to our life. Thank you. Frank B

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  147. Jo says:

    I’ve enjoyed all your wheelbarrow sketches, enough so that when I needed to buy one I bought an orange one. No, I haven’t painted it yet but it’s sure getting rusty. Congratulations on 8 years of blogging. It’s made a difference to me, even though I don’t comment frequently. I do read every single post. Keep ’em coming, please.

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  148. Soni says:

    You’re thanking us & you’re doing all the hard work !?! ?? You’re painting, sketching, photographing, teaching, sharing tips, narratives, scanning, traveling to exotic places eating exotic food …. treating us to stalwartly Alice reposes, showing us the beauty & soul of Montreal one exquisite painting at a time and on & on … it’s exhausting just describing what you do and this description falls far short of it all ….

    Well, heck, Shari …. you’re welcome … it was nothing, kicking back and being fed the most exquisite eye candy, chuckling along while feeling kindred spirit with typical Plein Air struggles … inhaling breezes from colorful sights …. and writing a book !!!!

    There’s more but you need to get cracking on your next eight year class act …. Then you can thank us again …..

    All kidding aside, you’ve entwined a universal Art Spirit because your generous spirit shines through way beyond description

    Wishing you even more enjoyment you’ve created within all of us

    THANKING YOU
    Soni

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  149. msraaka says:

    Congratulations, Shari! I’ve really enjoyed your posts and being able to see your wonderful work. Love your latest book,also.
    Thanks for all of your hard work!!
    Marta

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  150. Amelia says:

    Shari, your blog is an inspiring, upbeat read in the morning over breakfast. I so admire your cheerful willingness to take on challenges – whether it’s including people in your paintings, trying new techniques and materials, or braving harsh conditions. Your enthusiasm reminds me to look around and truly see the world.

    Thank you for stretching out into the digital universe and sharing your bright attitude and fresh, ingenious, beautiful paintings with us!

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  151. Lizanne G says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary Shari! Your posts make my day and inspire me more than you’ll ever know. I appreciate your incredible watercolor talents and that you take the time to share with all of us! Thank you!

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  152. Kim says:

    Hi Shari. I have been following you since 2014 when I received a little calendar in the mail which featured your work. I am not an artist, but I love and appreciate good art! I really enjoy receiving an email from you each day with something you have “whipped up” and especially the commentary you put to each painting. Really makes me want to visit Montreal. But being a dog lover, I especially love the paintings/sketches of Alice. Congratulations from Sonoma, California on the anniversary of your blog; I love it and I thinks it’s safe to say it travels the globe!

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  153. Linda Murray says:

    Awwwww, one of my favorite subjects that you paint! Love that wheelbarrow! It’s like an old friend through all the different seasons that you have painted it! It faithfully stands there waiting for brush to paper. Thank you Shari and congrats on 8 years!

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  154. Kim Fraser says:

    Hi Shari. I have been following you since 2014 when I received a little calendar in the mail which featured your work. I am not an artist, but I love and appreciate good art! I really enjoy receiving an email from you each day with something you have “whipped up” and especially the commentary you put to each painting. Really makes me want to visit Montreal. But being a dog lover, I especially love the paintings/sketches of Alice. Congratulations from Sonoma, California on the anniversary of your blog; I love it and I thinks it’s safe to say it travels the globe!

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  155. France Labonté says:

    It has been the highlight of my week, thank you!
    Happy anniversary.

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  156. Nancy Patterson says:

    Shari. I have never sent a comment up until now. I have looked at your website at least once a week over the past 2 years. Your paintings are a reflection of a true passion and talent. Also, they inspire me to find the time to paint and draw. Thank you for taking the time to explain your methodology along with your lists of art supplies. All are helpful! I purchased and enjoyed your book. I plan to purchase the most recent magazine that featured your art on the cover. TU!!!

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  157. Antje says:

    What a wonderful blog post – and another lovely sketch of that wheelbarrow of yours! I tell all my students here in the North of Germany about your website, your everyday sketches and your wheelbarrow in the snow. Happy to see it again, and I am also glad you’re receiving so much in return for all your good drawing and writing! Greetings from Luneburg!

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  158. rosjenke says:

    Thank you Shari for the many years of viewing pleasure you have shared with your fans. I don’t write very often now, it’s just so easy to click a heart on Instagram these days but I really appreciate the time you put into your writing.

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  159. Peggy Bjarno says:

    Shari, your joy and enthusiasm are equally valuable — along with your skill, experience and vision — to all of us “out here” on the receiving end of your blog! THANK YOU!

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  160. ba317 says:

    Pick me! pick me! Lol
    Love your style. I can be scrolling instagram and see a painting, and instantly know it is yours. I took one of your on-line classes and hopefully will be able to do so in person. Congratulations on being able to live this lifestyle for 8 years, I hope it continues to give you as much pleasure as the past.
    Live Life to the Fullest
    Billie

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  161. Kathy Noble says:

    I always have loved your wheelbarrow paintings!

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  162. Phyllis says:

    Congratulations and big thank-you for sharing.

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  163. How wonderful Shari!! The quality of your work, your constancy and having a few words on the rare occasion I had the pleasure to meet you are a great inspiration. I feel that besides what I´ve just mentioned my own teaching has benefitted from attending your workshops and reading your blog. So, it´s a very appropriate moment to send a big THANK YOU! your way.
    Wish you the best! 🙂

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  164. connie kuhn says:

    Your posts have meant so much to me! Thank you for the art.

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  165. Verla Goudy says:

    I am not certain when I started to follow you but I have enjoyed every one of your blogs and I appreciate so much what you have been teaching us either directly or indirectly. I would love to have an original of your work but your blogs are wonderful in any case. Hopefully you can continue to post your blogs and I will read them as they arrive.

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  166. Rolf Späth says:

    Hello Shari, for some years now I am looking forward to your posts and your wonderful pictures. They are so free and at the same time so detailed. Your style is unique and when I see your pictures, I know directly that they are of yours. Many thanks from Cologne in Germany
    Rolf

    PS I would be a happy man if you pick me out of your hat 🙂

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  167. AGNES says:

    C’est nous qui vous disons merci, Shari, pour votre talent, votre persévérance, pour le travail ardu, régulier, quotidien, que vous faites dans votre voiture, pour le temps que vous passez sur votre ordinateur à nous le faire partager.
    Tous les résultats que vous avez obtenus, les amis, les stages, les récompenses…sont dus à vos efforts !
    A moi, et à beaucoup d’autres, vous apportez tous les jours ou presque un regard particulier, original, plein de beauté et de poésie, sur votre vie, et souvent sur les choses banales ou quotidiennes que nous connaissons tous.
    Bravo !
    Je souhaite vous lire longtemps encore, et si vous avez du succès, ne vous étonnez pas, vous le méritez !

    AGNES
    SETE FRANCE

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  168. Leslie Blackwell says:

    I love all your work, Shari! Thanks for being so generous with your posts.

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  169. cybaea says:

    Your blog kindled my interest in art. Thank you so much. Happy eighth birthday and I am looking forward to seeing your journey the next eight years.

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  170. claire russell says:

    Shari,

    I don’t recall how I discovered you years ago, but I was captivated by that first sight. and not just read, but studied, your paintings and commentaries. I subsequently took both of your classes on Craftsy, You can consider your blog posts akin to casting a stone in the water: You never know how far the ripples extend! Congratulations!

    This month I have committed to Inktober. I thought you might like my post on Instagram.
    This is my quick copy of the balsa wood carving, below. The carving was done by my mother 60+ years ago when studying for her BA degree. Like mother, like daughter, more ripples extending across decades.

    Best wishes for your creative future,
    Claire Russell
    http://www.clairecreates.com
    Instagram, clairepaint
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  171. Sandy says:

    That rusty Ins wheel barrel has always been one of my favorites. I had an old tricycle in a flowerbed for many years. The rubber had left the wheels long ago. But I loved it!

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  172. Peri Nilan says:

    I look forward to getting your up to date blogs and images of watercolours done all over the world! They are so inspiring to me to get out there and practice, especially when I’ve signed up for your workshop next August in Portland!

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  173. Lizanne G says:

    Happy Blog Anniversary Shari! You inspire me than you’ll ever know! I appreciate your incredible watercolor talents and your generosity in sharing and teaching all of us that love your blog! Thank you!

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  174. Paul Elton says:

    Congratulations Shari on your anniversary. Your blog and paintings continue cheer me up and inspire me. Looking forward to following your journey.

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  175. Suzanne Teale says:

    Between your blogs, photos and the Sketching Landscapes class I took I have a much better understanding of watercolors and how to use them. Your painting style captures the essence of the place and is an inspiration for me.

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  176. Anne Albright says:

    Congratulations! I love reading your blogs and find your paintings mesmerizing. Thank you!

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  177. Barbara Beynon says:

    Congratulations, Shari, on eight years of beautiful and generous blogging. You have brightened my day many times. Thank you!

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  178. Diane says:

    Happy Anniversary, Shari! Thank you for so generously sharing your talent and tips with us. I enjoy your blog posts, beautiful artwork, and I love your new book. So inspiring! I carry it with me at all times in my painting kit. 🙂

    Congratulations, best wishes, and paint on!

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  179. Felicia Cass says:

    Shari just received your book on perspective drawing. Anxious to dive in and learn. You and your work are so inspirational. Congratulations on achieving such a momentous blogging achievement. That takes such dedication!

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  180. Helen says:

    Congratulations to you! You have a well deserved following.
    Looking forward to meeting you in Mexico in January!

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  181. I’ve learned a lot by following your blog, and am constantly inspired by your art. It would be an honour to host your rusty wheelbarrow, if I am lucky enough to win the draw.
    Best,
    Jess

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  182. mhmcjunkin says:

    I wish it snowed where I live…your artwork is so beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for the consistent blogging. I look forward to it.

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  183. Beth Pickett says:

    Well done, Shari! I’m so impressed with your daily painting daily and posting. Maybe you’ve missed some days here and there, but I haven’t noticed. Love your snowy neighborhood scenes especially, but all of your work is lovely. I was thrilled to get to see your demo at the symposium in Chicago. Here’s to eight years and beyond!

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  184. Rolf Späth says:

    Hello Shari, For some years now I am looking forward to your posts and your wonderful pictures. They are so free and at the same time so detailed. Your style is unique and when I see your pictures, I directly know that they are of yours. Many thanks from Cologne in Germany
    Rolf

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  185. angmacleod says:

    Your artistic style has inspired me from my first glance! Thank you!

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  186. Lynn Holbein says:

    I am always amazed, Shari, at your warmth and your ability to make personal connections. Eight years! Seems like a long time, and a short time. Thank you!

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  187. nikiraa says:

    Happy Anniversary! You are very inspiring, love your art! Thank you for for being here!

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  188. Dear Shari, Congratulations on your anniversary!  During the past several years, I have relished seeing that word “Sketchbook” when I open my email.  I wait for a quiet moment to follow your travels and travails, feeling like we are talking together.  Always an inspiration, you have supported my love of the kind of watercolor painting that is so your style.  You provide the bulding blocks that build my journey to learn more, thank you!

    P.S., It’s not like I have a choice, I am driven to paint (I have worked in oils, and pastels) and have found watercolor the closest to my Art Spirit. 🙂 Kindest Regards, Laurie Paci

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  189. Jeff Gold says:

    Congratulations, Shari. As you can see from the response, you have become an institution in the best possible sense. You have been a great mentor, artistic inspiration and friend.

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  190. If I ever grow up, which is not likely, I want to be just like you, or Spyro, haven’t decided which one. Love you tons, John

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  191. Shari, from the beautiful state of South Carolina, I LOVE YOUR ART! Your workshops are wonderful and so are you. Congratulations on all of your accomplishments to date. May you have many more in the years to come.

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  192. Beste says:

    Shari, I would love to win one of you watercolors. I look forward to seeing your art and reading your blog for many more years.

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