Hi there! I’m Shari, friends and family call me Shar (rhymes w/”car.”). I’m so delighted you stopped by.
17th St. Studio provides an opportunity to sketch, illustrate, create hand lettering, and greeting cards on a daily basis and share the process, while encouraging other kindred spirits of the ethers to do the same.
Where did the name 17th St. Studio come from?
SSS was coined from the address of the mid-century house, where I lived on the 1700 South block of 1700 East in the Salt Lake suburb of Sugarhouse, where I was born.
Taking a break from the left brain feels like a mini vacation. Time stands still and not only do I learn to see, I learn about myself; about my strengths and weaknesses, my habits and proclivities.
Marks on paper are singular, like handwriting (mine is terrible, btw). A single sketch may or may not be remarkable, but a collection of sketches over time come to some substance. Besides, I once read, “The object is not the sketch, the object is sketching,” scrawled in pencil, in a second-hand book about sketching at Powell’s Book Store, and I believe the wisdom in that little proverb.
During one of my early college stints, a new friend who was a young mother and who was majoring in art tried to convince me to join her. I thought she was out of her mind. Many years later, on a layover in D.C., I visited the National Gallery and was struck. I had to study art.
So, I completed the first-year Studio-Art sequence at the University of Utah. Then, I became enamored with film. Since then, I’ve completed a B.S. in Arts and Letters, with a minor in Business, from Portland State University. With this lil blog, I faithfully follow and honor the creative impulse, letting it have its way.
Have a look around; see if you can find something to inspire you to take twenty minutes to play on the other side of your brain, today.
Or, if you’re interested in starting your own blog, head on over to the blogging page, where you’ll find a couple tuts on how to start a blog.
Thanks so much for stopping by!