Savannah riverfront

Last month, seated on a bench in the sun on Savannah’s historic riverfront, I had a chance to sketch some of the shapes and colours of the working docks. It was a fascinating place to spend a few hours. Behind where I was seated, in a series of former warehouses that line the river, tourists are buying candy, stocking up on souvenirs, eating shrimp and grits, lining up for an ice cream or having a beer. But when a container ship leaves port on the Savannah River, everyone stops in their tracks and watches it go by. It’s as if a full city is passing in front of your eyes — a wall of cargo containers of every colour stacked on top of a massive vessel that seems far too huge to be passing through this narrow channel in front of us. It’s rare to be this close to a ship that big, at least for me, and as tempting as it was to sketch it as it moved along, its fast clip made it near impossible. I sketched the stationary dock instead.


7 Comments on “Savannah riverfront”

  1. dapplegrey says:

    Love the description! As well as the sketch.


  2. Pam Lopez says:

    I love the way you capture light, Shari! You make everyday mundane objects come alive!


  3. joantav says:

    I love all the details in this complex scene. Great job! The container ship must have been something to see!


  4. Linda Murray says:

    Imagine my surprise when I opened your post and saw the Savannah riverfront! I was there last month, also. We were on the riverfront, and one of those tourists buying souvenirs, etc. And yes, we too, stopped and watched the huge barges coming through. It was awesome! Your picture captures that moment and for me the memory of that day. I can’t imagine even trying to paint that scene. Thanks for bringing it all back with your painting!


  5. Judy Sopher says:

    Fascinating picture. Never been there. Love the composition and your use of color. I think you’ve seen more of this country than I have in my 78 years and having lived in 4 states. And now I envy you living in Montreal.


  6. Alison says:

    Beautifully captures the harbour bustle.


  7. Donna says:

    YES, those ships are scary!!! And they go too fast!!! Thanks for the memories….Savannah is lovely!!!


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