Hat rack

Today was one of those days when painting was more about the process than about the results. These days I am finding the news from friends with family in Ukraine so upsetting that it’s hard to find joy in my usual subjects. That’s why I picked these hats. I see lots of people painting sunflowers but I have none on hand at the moment, so I chose the most colourful arrangement I could find in the house and focused on putting down shape next to shape and colour next to colour, with a special emphasis on yellow next to blue.


36 Comments on “Hat rack”

  1. Agreed, very distressing times.
    These hats are peacefully gathered in all their diversity. There’s a message there.

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  2. Chris Rusk says:

    Well said. We are all pulling for them.

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  3. De says:

    And those hats hanging in a happy home, is what we all want for the Ukranian families. Finding/making beauty out of everyday things. Prayers for PEACE.

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  4. Cindy Wahlstrom says:

    I wanted to just add emojis. HEART…SUNFLOWER…HEART

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  5. Lynn Bowen says:

    That is beautiful, and I love the juxtaposition of the colors on honor of our Ukrainian brothers and sisters. 🙏🇺🇦

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  6. Denise says:

    The world has been such a sad place for too long. It’s important we find joy in something. This painting gives me joy today. Prayers for Ukraine.

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  7. cemeryposh says:

    Excellent on all counts

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  8. Gracie Afridi says:

    I love it

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  9. Lee Kline says:

    Wonderful page, Shari.

    Lee Kline

    On Mon, Feb 28, 2022 at 6:11 PM Shari Blaukopf’s Sketchbook wrote:

    > Shari Blaukopf posted: ” Today was one of those days when painting was > more about the process than about the results. These days I am finding the > news from friends with family in Ukraine so upsetting that it’s hard to > find joy in my usual subjects. That’s why I picked these hats” >

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  10. Donna says:

    Thank you for such a personal painting today. The news interferes with our daily lives now and unfortunately we will be troubled by this for awhile.

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  11. JoAnn Raines says:

    Just beautiful, Shari—the thoughts and the painting. ❤

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  12. Judy Sopher says:

    Its so good to find meaning in everyday objects due to the emotions of colors.When I first saw this, I thought it was just a happy painting. Then I read your explanation. . We are all praying for the people in Ukraine.

    Just want to tell you that I haven’t had my laptop for over 2 weeks(seems like longer) and just got it back yesterday. Have a lot of catching up to do.

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  13. TonyU says:

    What a wonderfully original personal, thoughtful and heartfelt tribute. So many of your sketches and words bring a tear of joy to my eye, but this time it was a tear of sadness. So hard to believe what’s going on and that it’s being allowed to happen.

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  14. maureen says:

    The news is so sad and frightening. Glad you find some colour to share.

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  15. I keep wondering what I can do as a little old lady in the US to help the Ukrainians and I have only come up with two ideas: send money and protest. As far as which group to donate to, UNICEF and the Red Cross of course are possibilities but usually people on the ground know which group is doing the best job. It is often small groups that do the most with the resourses they receive to help the people or government that needs assistance. With your contacts do you have any recommendations of a group that is accepting donations and doing good work for the Ukrainians?

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  16. Hughes/Friedman says:

    Susan this looks right up your alley…Jan

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  17. It is so hard to watch the reports and see the destruction of lives in Ukraine. My thoughts and prayers are with them. Thank you for the bright colors of your painting. May it lift our spirits!

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  18. Thank you for your words and your beautiful painting. This post and the wonderful comments brought tears. I still can’t believe it’s happening.

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  19. Northern Traveller says:

    Nice Shari!
    I was in a store today (in PGL) and the soundtrack was John Lennon’s “Imagine” and then “We Are The World” and I almost started crying. How can it be that this is happening – it’s Unimaginable…..!!!!!

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