Around the courthousePosted: April 15, 2022
I guess I was overly optimistic when I thought I would be able to post and write while teaching back-to-back workshops with French Escapade in Santa Barbara. I KNOW I had high hopes because my last post was titled Santa Barbara Day One! Well, it’s almost two weeks later, I just got back home, and I’m finally getting around to posting my sketches. Instead of uploading them all at once, I thought I’d group them by location and spread them out over several posts.
During the workshop weeks, we spent a full day on the grounds of the Santa Barbara Courthouse. It was a familiar site because I’ve seen Brenda Swenson‘s beautiful sketches of it over the years — but it’s even more grand when you see it in person, especially from the sunken garden where we sketched. In the spring and summer months it seems to be a popular setting for weddings, so beware that if you set up to sketch you may be asked to move (like we were!) because a bridal party has reserved the garden. Of course that might be an added bonus for you if you like to sketch weddings.
We were really fortunate to have sunny weather every day, although the temperature varied from really cold to uncomfortably hot during my time there. But if I can draw shadows on a white wall, I’m happy, and the courthouse has some beautiful walls and handsome palm trees.
If you’re in the garden and you turn your back to the courthouse, you can also sketch a few of the small businesses on E. Anapamu Street. The little shingled building that houses Adornment was my favourite, especially in the morning when a tall palm casts a shadow across its facade.