Just like old times

On Monday, in the midst of a classic Montreal heatwave, I had a wonderful outing with my very first urban sketching friend Marc Taro Holmes and his lovely wife Laurel. Marc was the very first urban sketcher I met, and in 2012 we founded Urban Sketchers Montreal together. We’ve sketched and taught together often over the years, but of course this past year we’ve all been sticking close to home.

With things getting better in Montreal as more people get vaccinated, we decided to meet and start our summer outings with a visit to a place we have sketched often — the Botanical Gardens. It was just like old times. We sketched, we chatted, Laurel took photos, and it seemed wonderfully normal. Have a look at Marc’s blog to see us in action!


16 Comments on “Just like old times”

  1. susie langley says:

    Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Marilyn Hansen says:

    That’s wonderful news! I am still waiting for my NYC Urban Sketchers to meet in person. But in the meantime, I have a wonderful county park to sketch in – if this heat wave will just break!
    Enjoy and love your sketches Shari!

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    • Thanks so much Marilyn. I hope you get to meet up with sketching friends too, sometime soon. I had no idea how happy it would make me until that day! I hope you get the same joy from it as me.

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  3. Northern Traveller says:

    It must have been lovely to get together AND paint Shari, after all this time! The MTL Botanical Gardens are a lovely spot and the two of you are iconic urban sketchers who have taught us all so much……Enjoy!

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  4. lois says:

    It must have felt wonderful to get out again–with people!! What a beautiful spot, too.

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  5. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    It looks like a beautiful place.

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  6. Mary Duncan says:

    I love these ! You are so very talented Shari! They always make us happy and better yet remind us of the good things in life which we really need !!! I open my I pad everyday and immediately look to see if you have something new on display 👍👍

    On Wed, Jun 9, 2021 at 8:31 AM Shari Blaukopf’s Sketchbook wrote:

    > Shari Blaukopf posted: ” On Monday, in the midst of a classic Montreal > heatwave, I had a wonderful outing with my very first urban sketching > friend Marc Taro Holmes and his lovely wife Laurel. Marc was the very first > urban sketcher I met, and in 2012 we founded Urban Sketchers M” >

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  7. deedster56 says:

    Aah, yes, remembering them both fondly: the heat waves and the beautiful Jardin Botanique. These are both very evocative and gorgeous, Shari. When I saw your ‘Valois Corner’ watercolour sketch in your book on colour, I almost dropped the book! It’s where I used to get off the bus from the train ride home from work way back in the day. I am now anxiously awaiting your Mostly Montreal book.

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    • Wow, that is amazing! I love that corner, and I often get upset if someone is parked in the spot where I draw that building from, because I always paint in the car when I’m there. Glad I can bring back some good Montreal vibes for you!!

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  8. Uma Maheswar Nakka says:

    Good Evening dear friend Shari,

    These are immensely beautiful sketches. and also the most difficult ones to draw.

    Blessings
    Uma

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