Thursday, May 04, 2006

Mississippi Palisades

Yesterday I spent the day by the Mississippi River where my husband is working for a couple of weeks. The Mississippi Palisades State park is a beautiful place. This is a spring that you pass just as you enter the park.
I hiked a couple of the trails and spent the day drawing while my husband was at work. The wildflowers were beautiful. Drifts of trillium and bluebells sweeping down the hillside. While I was drawing I was so still that 2 deer walked right up on me. I took some photos too and will add them to this post if they turned out well.

23 comments:

Lindsay said...

Joyce, these are so beautiful! I have heard from others about how beautiful this place is. Thanks for such a beautiful reminder

shirley said...

These are wonderful drawings and I'm sure will always take you back instantly to the lovely day you spent with flowers and deer enjoying a very quiet moment in this very busy world.

Shelly McC said...

Wow, Excellent sketches!

Sioux said...

These are both lovely. I love the shading on the rocks...I am working on that. Was it pencil you used? What hardness?

mw said...

Great sketching. I like the colors on the scene at the top.

pedalpower said...

Thanks! It is amazing how drawing something really does enable you to remember the experience so much better.

Sioux, I used pen and ink to draw, cross hatching in some areas that would be very dark. Then when I got to the top of the hill where there was a breeze off the river, I sat down with watercolor pencils and painted it in. The colors on the rocks are mostly a brown (maybe an umber?) and shades of gray from the black colored pencil.

Karen Winters said...

Great nature sketches, Joyce

Bonny said...

Joyce, these sketches are really nice. I love the way you did the rock formation and the tap of water. Man-made versus Nature.
That must have been a beautiful walk!

Tami said...

Your sketches are WONDERFUL! What a nice place for a "crawl".

Karen at Pen in Hand said...

love love love the palisades page. it's wonderful.

SCquiltaddict said...

love the sketches...and great scans of them too...thanks so much for sharing

Alison said...

This is a lovely page of flowers. sound like you had a great day.

Katherine said...

Nicely observed flowers - I like the way you always comment on them as well/

Karen said...

These are just lovely. It sounds like you had a wonderful day at the park.

Crystal said...

lovely drawings you got here... i'm another fan of illustrated journalling... hope you don't mind that i've put a link to your blog from mine... have a nice day!

Marilyn said...

You put a lot of hard work into these and they are great.

Teri C said...

Absolutely beautiful!! You have two wonderful drawings here-ready for framing!

Laura said...

Joyce, these are wonderful---you obviously had a lovely day, drawing all by yourself in a beautiful place.

Jack said...

Hi Joyce. I just found your comments on my Flickr photos - of the "marmite painting". This blog has inspired me! I'm going to do a drawing a day, too! And here's today's: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jackpix/149334141/

Kathleen Marie said...

I love how you've captured the rocks!!! Makes me yearn for the woods and real boulders. LOL

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Lin said...

THESE ARE AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love these pages!!!!!

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