NEXT MEETING – Mark your calendar!:

Virtual Demo by Shari Blaukopf

Thursday, February 17
7:00–9:00 A link to this demo (via Zoom) will be sent to you about January 19.  

Shari Blaukopf is a workshop instructor, watercolor painter and sketch blogger. Her paintings are inspired by the landscapes and cityscapes of Montreal, where she grew up, as well as by the places she travels. She paints and sketches in all seasons, but her favorite season is winter, when she often sketches from her makeshift car studio.

Shari loves to teach, travel and fill sketchbooks with her observations — skills she’s channeled during the pandemic into creating online sketching courses at She is the author of The Urban Sketching Handbook: Working with Color, and her work has been featured in many publications, including Watercolor Artist, The Artists Magazine, International Artist, and The Art of Watercolour, as well as in over a dozen books on urban sketching. She’s been active in the Urban Sketchers community since 2012 and has given many watercolor workshops both on her own and internationally through the Urban Sketchers Workshop Program. Her watercolors are in corporate, government and private collections in North America and abroad, and she’s a signature member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour. You can follow her sketches on her blog, at, and on Instagram @sharisketcher.

For more information, visit Shari’s website and YouTube channel.

YouTube Channel





Demonstration by artist Brienne Brown

January 20, 2022

Our guest demo artist for January was Pennsylvania-based artist, Brienne Brown. Brienne is a visual artist and teacher who especially loves plein air painting. Her demo focused on the skills and techniques for painting snow.  Brienne described in great detail how to interpret the play of light on snow and how to use color and value to create the image in watercolor. The final painting of a scene near her home is called Winter Shadows.

Brienne Brown’s demo may be found on the NSWS YouTube channel at the following link:

Brienne’s website