From the wharf

Santa Barbara has no shortage of gorgeous subjects to sketch, but one standout for me was Stearns Wharf. Research tells me that it’s the oldest working wooden wharf in California. If you walk out to the end, you have both a beautiful view looking back at the city, or a view of the other pier that houses a restaurant. In the morning when we sketched there, the light on the buildings across the way was quite special. In my demo, we start by looking at the shapes of those buildings both in values, and after that in colour (below). If I can find the time in the next little while, I think this is one of those scenes that may be worth scaling up to a larger painting.

9 Comments on “From the wharf”

  1. Lori says:

    Stunning 🤩


  2. Shari – this is beautiful. How fun to be in a place with so many fantastic scenes to paint :).


  3. Nice to see it done in grey scale too. Thanks for showing both.


  4. Denise says:

    I hope you find the time to do the larger painting-this has “you” written all over it!


  5. Kristin Johnsen says:

    Amazing detail in this pilings! And love the bits of color in the people and on the patio….

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  6. Pam McKenzie says:

    You’ve captured the contrasts of lights and shadows so beautifully!


  7. Ci says:

    Beautiful! Light and shadow is so mesmerizing!


  8. Frank Bettendorf says:

    The value sketch is invaluable to seeing and understanding your approach to painting. I’d like to see more of this in future posts. Thanks for what you do!


  9. Judy Sopher says:

    This is such a beautiful painting. what size is it? I love your palette. How do you decide on these colors? I’d love a course on using limited palettes.


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