Best wishes for the holiday season

2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least. As urban sketchers, we have all had to find new ways to connect and new subjects to draw. It hasn’t been easy getting used to this new reality — of not being able to wander freely with our sketchbooks, and not being able to draw with friends. I know I’m not the only one who misses both. Remember just a few months ago when zoom was something you did with a camera? These days, not a week goes by without some sort of Zoom event, either with friends or for work. It’s not the same, but I’m happy to have at least this way of staying connected.

As I pause during the holiday season to reflect on all the dramatic changes in our lives, I also want to thank you so much for stopping in to say hello on the blog, and also for encouraging me to create courses that keep us sketching. It has been such a pleasure to connect with so many of you. And, since I won’t be traveling again until a vaccine becomes widely available and in-person workshops are safe, I plan to continue posting often in 2021. And there will be a few new courses coming up too.

I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday, wherever you live. I wish you and your loved ones health and happiness for the new year, and I have my fingers crossed that one day soon we will be sketching together in person.

Happy sketching in 2021!

56 Comments on “Best wishes for the holiday season”

  1. claire russell says:


    Best wishes to you, too.
    Your daily posts have been a visual delight to my quarantined days. When the holiday flurry calms down, I am looking forward to your floral bouquet class.

    Here’s to your creative spirit
    May you strive and stretch to hear it.
    Claire Russell
    Instagram: clairepaint

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  2. twwhatnot says:

    And happy sketching in 2021 to you, too! Your lessons and blog posts and sketches had a lot to do with making 2020 bearable, for me. Thanks! Tom


  3. Sherry says:

    Hey Shari!
    Rob and I wish you and Spiro a happy, healthy, Christmas too! We are raising a glass to a much much better 2021 – bah humbug on 2020! Love all your wonderful paintings. Always an inspiration!
    Sherry and Rob
    Nanaimo B.C.


  4. Yes, let’s all wish for the best and some of that best would be a rescheduled workshop with Stephanie and Shuita! Fingers crossed our world will be safe and prosperous and sane in 2021. Merry and Happy to you Shari and thanks for all the great inspiration you give to us.


  5. Cheers Shari. Your fabulous courses have been an unexpected benefit of this unprecedented situation.

    Did you get a Fude nib pen?


  6. Shari, All the very best for Christmas and the coming year. Thank you so much for keeping us inspired during a very difficult year. I hope you can feel the love from us.

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  7. Martha Slavin says:

    Happy Holidays to you too, Shari. Your Sketchbook has been an inspiration for me this year. Thank you for sharing your work.

    Martha Slavin

    Check out my blog at



  8. iblindacherry says:

    A very merry Christmas to you too, Shari!!!Thank you for inspiring me. Linda Cherry

    Sent from AT&T Yahoo Mail for iPhone


  9. Yes, this has been one very different year. I miss being able to get together with friends and sketching if we feel like it…and traveling…and not worrying all the time about catching something. I am glad to have had you as part of those people who kept me inspired and helped distract me from all that was going on. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!!! Hopefully 2021 will be an improvement in many ways.


  10. Therese d says:

    Thank you for a truly inspiring year. I purchased several course and have love the learning process.


  11. sandidureice says:

    Thank you Shari, your creations and classes are a delight; just what we need. All the very best. Sandi


  12. Liliane Partikian says:

    Hi Shari, thank you for sharing all your beautiful sketches through the years,they are always something I look forward to seeing. Happy holidays to you and your family ,and keep safe.


  13. lois says:

    Merry Christmas, Shari! I so enjoy each new post, and seeing how many colors you achieve from a very minimal palette. That has become my personal challenge–minimize and make more color! Thank you so much. Take care, stay safe. 2021 has got to be better!!


  14. Barbara Noble says:

    Thanks so much for your blog and courses. I searched a long time to find a teacher like you! I look forward to anything you post and to additional classes. For that I am happy to be quarantined!


  15. Peri Nilan says:

    Thanks Shari for your frequent inspiring and artful posts. Stay safe and yes, hope to see you in a workshop in 2021 when it’s safe to travel and be together. I’m working my way through three of your on-line courses with appreciation for your excellent demos, explanations and organization as a teacher. Merry Christmas and all the best in the new year.


  16. Bernadette says:

    Thank you for your frequent, daily posts of new ways to help us keep on sketching. So often I am inspired to move out of my comfort zone. Thanks for helping me stretch.
    I appreciate all your time and effort to keep the blog going.


  17. Dotti says:

    Wishing you a wonderful Holiday and thanking you for sharing your art to brighten my days.


  18. Denise says:

    Shari, thank you for all the inspiration and encouragement you provide. How greatly appreciated it all is. Your on- line learning classes were a much needed treat during this gloomy year. Wish you and your family a happy and healthy 2021. Also, love the “seasonal” red and green colors of this post❤️


  19. Donna says:

    Best wishes to you and your family, that everyone stays healthy this coming year. Everyone needs a break from all this stress. Your blog gives us all a much needed diversion. Thank you for all the info you share about painting……you really are a very giving person and appreciate all the time you spend in prepping the blog.


  20. Soni says:

    Best wishes for a safe & warm Christmas with your family & friends.

    Thank you for the daily cheer & inspiration you bring to all of us.


  21. Madeline Morrow says:

    To Shari,

    Wishing you a very happy Christmas holiday and hope for a brighter New Year!


    Sent from my iPad


  22. Carol Drummond says:

    Happy and safe holiday to you also Shari.


  23. Laurie says:

    Thank you for your lovely posts. Let’s all hope 2021 is much better.


  24. Betsy says:

    Thanks for the regular postings of “pandemic pictures.” It’s sure taken my mind off the news and horrors of this year. I like to visit to see your latest work around bedtime — nice way to close the day with art and inspiration, instead of yet more anxiety-provoking current events. Happy holidays and a hopeful 2021!


  25. Linda Murray says:

    Merry Christmas Shari! Thank you for another year of your informative posts! I always enjoy the subjects you pick and any insight into how you created your sketches. Yours is another bright spot in my day! Have a wonderful holiday season, and praying that the new year brings an end to COVID-19.


  26. Good Afternoon dear friend Shari,
    Kindly accept my belated greetings.

    Merry Christmas.




  27. Good Afternoon dear Shari,
    Kindly accept my belated greetings.

    MERRY CHRISTMAS with the blessings of The Lord.



    • Hello Uma,
      It is so nice to hear from you after a bit of an absence. I’m glad to hear that you are fine. I did read your comments from a few days ago to some of my previous posts but it has been a busy week.
      I send you all the best wishes for the New Year. May it be safer and healthier for everyone.


      • Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

        Good Evening dear Shari,
        So nice to receive you reply with god wishes.
        Wishing you Hale and Healthy Happy Safe New Year with lots of Prosperity, Peace and love.
        All the best and good luck.
        Wishing you beautiful day everyday.
        Lord blessings be with you always and forever.
        My blessings to you.
        Yours ever loving and admiring friend


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