The fountain in Forsyth Park

I would bet that most visitors to Savannah get to see the famous fountain in Forsyth Park, whether on foot or seated in one of the famous touring trolleys, but only the very lucky get to see it around St. Patrick’s Day when the water has been turned green. The approach to the iconic fountain is unforgettable — you walk up a wide path lined with azaleas (flowering at this time of year), under a canopy of Live Oaks dripping with moss — and the white fountain is set against a backdrop of deep green. Everyone stops to gaze up at it and many take a seat on a bench nearby to admire it for a longer time. No doubt one of the most magnificent spots to spend an hour or so in the city.

20 Comments on “The fountain in Forsyth Park”

  1. wrightottawa says:

    how did you do the squirty water Shari? scratches?


  2. Don Doucette says:

    Hi Shari: Gary and I were there a couple of summers ago. We loved the city and stayed at the Mansion at Forsyth Park, so the park and fountain were right across the street. I trust you found time to explore the pedestrian mall (I think it was called City Centre) and the river front. We had fried green tomatoes which were exceptional. Must have been a wonderful city in which to sketch. It has character at every turn.



    • It’s great to hear from you Don. We loved Savannah as much as you did, and how predictable we are — we did all the same things as you, except our hotel was not nearly as nice. It was a very crowded week, just before St. Patrick’s Day, so all the nice places were booked solid. But it didn’t matter because we were across the street from City Market and right by the river. Yes, we loved the fried green tomatoes as well as the other local dish of shrimp and grits. If I go back I’d love to sketch every one of those historic squares. And I have a feeling we will go back there. Give a big hello to Gary and hope to see you both one of these days.


  3. Tony says:

    Presumably one of the ‘lost’ ones? Sketch and fountain both look stunning. Love the way you’ve used the figures to show scale. We’ve been lucky enough to visit Charleston but suspect your sketches are as close as we’ll ever get to Savannah.


    • Yes Tony. One of the lost ones! But I’m sure everyone is tired of me talking about my lost and found bag so I didn’t even mention it. You were so close when you were in Charleston. Too bad you didn’t make it to Savannah. Next time I’d like to see Charleston as well.


  4. Toni Pratley says:

    Lovely work – it is a huge fountain & it really is shown up by the back drop of the trees. Love the way you do your trees – you make it look so easy.


  5. Bill Fagan says:

    Very nice! Look forward to sketching with you in Galway.


  6. Ahh yes, it’s great to finally see your beautiful fountain painting from Savannah.


  7. This is amazing! Love this sketch (and love that it returned to you safely!! 😉) The scale of the fountain is really impressive…I bet it really was a sight to see! I’ve actually never been to Savannah, but your sketches are making me want to go!


  8. SusanA says:

    I love your use of the white gel pen here. And I’m glad you included people for perspective; I had no idea this fountain was so massive.


  9. I love that park and that fountain, made all the more beautiful by your painting, thanks Delta Airlines!


  10. wendymuldon says:

    Looks amazingly gorgeous! I love the colours, they make the happy effect on the atmosphere 😀


  11. Julana says:

    I will never forget those azaleas in spring. Your eyes can hardly take it all in.


  12. Louise says:

    I’m studying the way you mass the background foliage and still achieve great variation. I still fight seeing every leaf and find it paralyzing when it comes to sketching a scene. The great historic charming poetic cities of the American south … Savannah, Charleston, and New Orleans. All three are a sketcher’s paradise.


  13. joantav says:

    I love Savannah and you captured the fountain perfectly!!! I’ll have to get back there for a visit. The last time I sketched a bit but I wasn’t an urban sketcher then. I think I would enjoy capturing the city and the life this way.


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