a painting class on the embarcadero

i thought i could not love san francisco any more…and then i painted it.
last weekend you could find us down on the water at an outdoor painting
workshop, and it’s a place you should find yourself as soon as possible.
Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset if you want to find a way to really study a city and feel more connected to it,
this is the way. for three hours we painted on a sunny spring day and i couldn’t
believe how fast it went. i am the furthest thing from an artist, but this felt so
freeing and expressive and fun. it was a chance to slow down and be creative,
appreciating the beautiful place we live. we see this view every day, but now i
love it ten times more after having studied and tried to recreate it on canvas!

beyond canvas SF offers this amazing experience in outdoor locations around
the city, as well as indoor workshops. i would tell anyone — visitor or local —
to take part in this. i can’t tell you the number of people strolling the
embarcadero who stopped and got so excited about this class! i always
love seeing artists with their easels and palettes painting scenes when i travel,
and i admire their patience and talent and eye for beauty. that’s why it was
so amazing to be doing the same thing ourselves! my painting may not have
turned out like a professional artist’s would, but it’s special to me because
of the experience doing it. it’s like my version of SF and that’s priceless!
beyondcanvas paint class candace, the owner of beyondcanvas, is the ideal instructor. she truly loves art,
and her passion for it shines through as you listen to her. she literally caught a ride into
san francisco years ago to be an artist here, and she has since spread her talent everywhere!
she used to work as a mural artist for trader joe’s (and we know how good those are…!) and
now she runs the show at beyond canvas. she is the best with her enthusiasm, patience, and
open-mindedness when some paintings don’t go according to plan (ahem…mine). she is so
easy-going and makes the class really fun, stress free and enjoyable! we loved her!
beyondcanvas paint class2 first the class introduces themselves (ours was a fun class of just 5,) and then you
get started! we began with a brush rundown and i learned so much about the different
shapes and strokes each brush can do. like i said, i am such a beginner but that’s why
it’s a fun chance to learn! next we all chose our painting viewpoint by squaring it off
with our fingers like chase is doing above..he chose the bay bridge, and i turned left and
chose the ferry building. then, the first stroke is made on the canvas with the horizon line.
(remember that tricky thing from high school art class?)
beyondcanvas paint class1 there’s nothing like a blank canvas and fresh paint!
IMG_4872 chase is a surprisingly great artist. he once painted me a picture of DC
when we were dating, and it might have made me fall in love with him
on the spot…at least one of us has some talent when it comes to painting!
IMG_4881 one of my favorite parts was mixing colors and making new shades.
is it strange that i liked my palette as much as my painting?
i think it’s the definition of a beautiful mess ^^^
beyondcanvas paint class4 my ferry building sketched out on the left, and
chase’s pro painting coming along on the right! ^^
IMG_4896 really, how cute is he working on his little sailboat there?
he is quite the perfectionist and was getting a little frustrated about his sailboat…
hhaha! we were all laughing and luckily our cute instructor helped him. i think
it also didn’t help that his neck was getting sunburned after 3 hours! ;)
IMG_4876 one more shot of my colors that i’m most proud of :)

IMG_4904  and, finished products!!!
beyondcanvas paint class6 IMG_4899 as we left the workshop we both said we couldn’t believe how fun it had been
to spend hours outside with no technology or distractions and just create something.
it’s truly a lost art that this workshop is bringing back! the world could use a little
more stopping, slowing down, appreciating, observing, and creating — don’t you think?

beyondcanvas paint class3 ^^ our trolley ride home with our new painting, and a very tired chase after creating his masterpiece :)

this experience was one of my favorites ever in this city, and comes
so highly recommended…but i think the pictures do the convincing!
we will be back to do some of the other locations, and hope you will join!

thank you to beyond canvas SF for the most lovely, “picture” perfect day
…see what i did there? 


'a painting class on the embarcadero' has 13 comments

  1. April 17, 2015 @ 4:59 am Emilyanne

    that looks amazing! I am not very talented when it comes to painting but always love a good class. http://Www.eatallovertheworld.com


  2. April 17, 2015 @ 6:26 am Isabel

    Such a cool experience! Just today I was thinking to start a new hobby, probably painting and after looking at this, it has been mostly confirmed :)


  3. April 17, 2015 @ 6:45 am Biana @Blovedboston

    What an amazing experience!!! What a view and your paintings were really good! xo, Biana – BlovedBoston


  4. April 17, 2015 @ 7:26 am Hannah Hartshorn

    That is so much fun, I love it! Excellent paintings too :)


  5. April 17, 2015 @ 11:58 am Megan | Traveling Nine To Fiver

    I love this idea and can’t wait to do it. I’ve done some of the painting classes but none focusing on experiencing a city. Next time I’m in San Fran I’ll be looking into this.


  6. April 17, 2015 @ 2:12 pm Linda Dunn

    I am really impressed with both of your drawings. What a wonderful thing to do. I want to try my hand at something like this..in a place like SF bay…with you!
    Love, mom


  7. April 18, 2015 @ 5:37 am Julia

    This looks like such an amazing experience, and one I for sure want to look into for this summer when I visit San Francisco. I used to paint, and I remember how much it could suck me in; I would glance up, and suddenly two hours had gone by. Thanks for sharing! :)



  8. April 21, 2015 @ 11:45 am katilda

    omg i suck at painting but i love doing it anyway. I MUST DO THIS


    • April 21, 2015 @ 12:21 pm katilda

      Yep just booked a spot for a class in the presidio and invited my friends to join me. haha. you’ve inspired me!


      • emi

        April 21, 2015 @ 3:11 pm emi

        yay!!! that one will be so pretty. come hang with me after! tell candace hi from us!



  9. April 23, 2015 @ 12:17 pm Katie @ Running A Ragnar

    Those are impressive paintings! What a fun idea in such a BEAUTIFUL setting! You little artist you!


  10. May 5, 2015 @ 12:39 pm Brittany

    This is such a great idea! I’ve been to the Wine and Canvas-type classes, but this takes that to the next level! Nothing like connecting with your surroundings than painting them!


  11. May 5, 2015 @ 12:54 pm Marissa

    So Darling!


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