Saturday melt

This is a curve in the road that I’ve painted so many times I could almost paint the shapes from memory, but every time I sit in this parking spot the light and mood are a little different. Sometimes it’s bright, like this. Sometimes I paint it in summer like this. Sometimes it’s even colder than today. And sometimes I focus in on details. After yesterday’s snowfall and this morning’s warm temperatures, it was pretty wet on the streets so I tried to create an atmosphere of melting snow. The smooth paper I chose for this outing (Strathmore Gemini 140 lb) was luckily the right one for these types of wet brush marks. On a more textured paper (like Arches Rough) it would have been more difficult to do this. I also tried to keep the colour range quite soft, using mostly Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine Blue and a bit of Lemon Yellow for that distinctive wall.

It’s always a thrill to open an email that has a subject heading “Congratulations! Your Work Has Been Accepted”. It’s even more exciting when it’s followed by this:

We are pleased to inform you that your work has been accepted into the 156th Annual International Exhibition of the American Watercolor Society. The exhibition will be held at the Salmagundi Club in New York City April 3-28, 2023. Congratulations on your acceptance into this prestigious exhibition!  We’ll be in touch soon with the next steps.

What exciting news that my painting “Wetlands” was selected for the show. If you’re in New York in April, it’s definitely worth stopping in to see the exhibition, not only for the high quality of the watercolours that come from all around the world, but also to get a chance to wander through The Salmagundi Club — the beautiful historic venue where the show takes place. I hope to get there for the opening reception on April 11!


60 Comments on “Saturday melt”

  1. Jane Hannah says:

    Congratulations Shari — your hard work is paying off and you definitely deserve it-!

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  2. Congratulations on a well deserved honor.

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  3. BETTY SULLIVAN says:

    WOW, congradulations . Exceptional work.

    Cheers

    Betty

    Betty (Elizabeth) Sullivan Carleton Place, Ontario 613-794-0559 Web:www.bettysullivanart.com Email:betty.sullivan@rogers.com Blog: http//www.bettysullivanart.com/blog

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  4. Pegret Harrison says:

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  5. friedakam says:

    Congratulations! Well deserved!

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  6. TonyU says:

    Loving the greys but particularly that hint of yellow reflection. And massive congratulations on the acceptance – so well deserved!

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  7. yvonnefcarpentergmailcom says:

    Congrats, Shari! How rewarding this must be! I don’t know how exibitions work, but I hope you get to be there too! Enjoy the moment! The sketch above looks great – that yellow wall pops, but it is not overwhelming. The whole thing looks great to my eyes!

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  8. Carolyn says:

    Break a leg! Congrats on being accepted, but then why not? Your work is terrific! I hope you get an award.

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  9. Janice Kelly says:

    Congratulations! Fabulous painting and result.

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  10. De says:

    CONGRATULATIONS for your watercolor talent!!! So deserving! Your Saturday Melt is amazing with the details of shadows and puddles.

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  11. sandidureice says:

    Congratulations Shari!!!

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  12. Ruth Johnson says:

    Congratulations Shari..
    So happy you are attending the opening reception in New York. What an honour, for all your hard work.. !

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  13. cdeh69 says:

    Congratulations Shari! What an honor and what a great painting!

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  14. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations, Shari! Well deserved! The painting is beautiful and I can only imagine how much more beautiful it is in real life!

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  15. Carryer Carol says:

    It is a luscious, beautiful painting. Congratulations!!! You are always inspiring us.

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  16. Lori Fontaine says:

    Congratulations Shari!!! Hope you have a wonderful time at the Salmagundi Club.

    This curve in the road, the yellow wall and the snow makes my heart melt. For me, you’ve captured my childhood home to the letter. I grew up on the West Island, so the familiar house structures and wet roads that you paint remind me of my best moments there.

    As always, thank you Shari, for “taking me home again”.

    Every success in New York and every joy in this New Year.

    Take Care Lori Fontaine ________________________________

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  17. Sandy says:

    Congratulations!

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  18. Gerry Draper says:

    Congratulations on “Wetlands!” And thanks for showing all the moods and seasons of today’s paintings. Those were amazing eye-openers!

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  19. ccaatt01 says:

    You amaze me with your diligence; I find it hard to paint the same thing twice, but you inspire me to do the same. And congratulations – I am glad that your work is recognized beyond Urban Sketchers. You are one of the best professionals that can also teach.

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  20. christinea60ans says:

    Congrats! Well done! And your watercolour of Pointe-Claire is gorgeous!

    Renée

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  21. lois says:

    Congratulations to you, Shari!

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  22. Kelly Purcell says:

    Congratulations Shari !

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  23. Kelly Purcell says:

    Congratulations Shari !

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  24. dpgatil220 says:

    That is great! Congratulations! This sounds like a good reason for a visit to NYC.

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  25. denniskochem says:

    Way to go Shari!!

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  26. gramaspaint says:

    Congratulations! You’re in great company! All the best. Karen

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  27. So well deserved. You are a beautiful artist and your classes have changed the way I see the world. 

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  28. Mary says:

    Congratulations! The painting is beautiful. It’s no surprise that you’ve been accepted for this prestigious exhibit. Mary.

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  29. Brenda Swenson says:

    Shari,

    I’m so happy for you! Getting into AWS is a real achievement and your more than deserving of the recognition! Congratulations 😁

    Hugs, Brenda

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  30. Claire Russell says:

    Shari,

    Congratulations!!!! Well deserved!

    Claire Russell, proud owner of a winter wheelbarrow painting, Remember when you had a drawing, and lucky me, you drew my name.

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  31. Leonie says:

    Congratulations, you should be proud as you deserve to be acknowledged for your enthusiasm and skills.
    Love your work

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  32. Joyce says:

    Brill, well done.

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  33. Carol Cooney says:

    Congratulations Shari on your wetlands painting. I am leaving a comment about your ability to portray the wet melting snow. You sure nailed it!

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  34. Stephanie Descoteaux says:

    That painting is a contender. I like to squint my eyes, then not and again while looking at it. It’s brilliant. Congratulations.

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  35. Cynthia Baird says:

    Very happy for you—congratulations?

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  36. Sandra says:

    Congratulations Shari! A well deserved recognition!

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  37. Beneross says:

    Congratulations Shari! A well deserved recognition! 

    All the best, 

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  38. Bernadette says:

    Shari, there’s so much to love about your Saturday melt painting! The reflections in melting snow, the muted colors offset by the addition of added people and cars and the colors of a grey rainy day. As in many others of your painted works, I could eat this one!

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  39. Bernadette says:

    One more thought. I often like to paint a series of the same subject. It would be a joy to see these works hanging together. Have you ever presented your art that way?

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  40. Connie Renaud says:

    Congratulations, how exciting!

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  41. Marilyn says:

    CongratulTions

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  42. -N- says:

    First, congrats on the show! Next, this really is a wonderful subject matter, and seeing it in different conditions is like being there throughout the seasons. As always, a pleasure to see what you are doing in watercolor!

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  43. edaggarart says:

    Congratulations, Shari! That’s wonderful news, and a beautiful venue to have your work shown.

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  44. Paula says:

    Congratulations Shari.
    I love the different moods and seasons for the subject.
    Wishing you good luck!

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  45. Frank Bettendorf says:

    Hey, Nice going! It’s wonderful that you are getting the attention you deserve. Congratulations. Frank B

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  46. Congrats on your acceptance. Hopefully I will be able to get into the city while the show is on. It is one of my favorite art events, especially since I usually know people who have work in the show.

    Love your melting snow scene…you nailed the look of it and the reflections in the wet street. I like this one a lot! Aside from a brief dusting of snow one morning we haven’t had any snow. It hasn’t been too cold either.

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  47. Linda Uphus says:

    Wow !!! Congratulations on a well deserved honor!!! You must have been dancing on the table!!!! I probably won’t be in New York but I hope you will post some photos.
    Also love your latest post …. Love the grays and reflections. Your posts alway brighten the day!
    ❤️

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  48. s says:

    Congratulations!! Your paintings are always superb and fascinate me.

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  49. susanjk says:

    Congratulations Shari and well deserved! I love your watercolours – and your newsletters. They brighten my days.

    Kind Regards Susan

    Susan Jaehn-Kreibaum The Empty Nest Bed & Breakfast 613-849-1406 emptynestbandb.ca ________________________________

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  50. artbymeera says:

    Congratulations!!! Awesome news about ‘wetlands’! And i love all the variations of that street you have painted – very cool 😎

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  51. Isa's Art says:

    Congratulations! It is well deserved. I love your paintings and are looking forward to your emails. Isabelle

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  52. Christine S Kopet says:

    Convratulations! Well deserved..have fun

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  53. Jim Mahla says:

    I enjoy your posts and obviously the AWS folks also appreciate your talent. Congratulations.

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  54. layla043 says:

    Wow !!! Congratulations on a well deserved honor! https://insulin-store.com/

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  55. Anne Lucic says:

    Big Congratulaions, Shari!!! You deserve it. – Anne Lucic

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  56. Starr Mifsud says:

    Congratulations.

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  57. […] What does sketching from your vehicle look like? This is an idea “borrowed” from Shari Blaukopf, where you park somewhere in the community and sketch while in your vehicle. Nice and toasty warm from the elements. For those of you who do not know Shari, she is a fellow Urban Sketcher from Montreal that many of us follow. Check out her latest blog for a good example of a sketch from her vehicle. https://shariblaukopf.com/2023/01/21/saturday-melt/ […]

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