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.
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!
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!
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?)
there’s nothing like a blank canvas and fresh paint!
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!
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 ^^^
my ferry building sketched out on the left, and
chase’s pro painting coming along on the right! ^^
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! ;)
one more shot of my colors that i’m most proud of :)
and, finished products!!!
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?
^^ 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?