Sunday, May 17, 2009

Sketchcrawl in Excelsior Springs

sketch crawl, 16 May

Saturday was a wonderful day for sketching in East Valley Park. Several spring wildflowers still around to record on paper and lots of lovely sunshine. We have all had plenty of rain and storms in the Midwest --- it was a bit cool for spring but the sunshine more than made up for that.

Kate and I both sketched the unknown flower on the right -- she later identified it as having the delightful name of Woolen Breeches. You can read her earlier post about this pretty flower. Hers is a much closer resemblance also!

Then again, I must add an update, now that I saw a sketch posted by Jeanette here and in the previous post --- the mystery plant could also be Virginia waterleaf. Her leaves look spot-on!

I sketched the upper left scene while waiting for the others to arrive. This is looking at the entrance to the shelter area we met along "Lovers Lane". It really was that deep green in places. Earlier, as Bill and I drove through the Kansas Flint Hills on our way to Missouri, the hills were so green it made our eyes hurt! Guess all the rain helped.


  1. That is beautiful, Vicky. It's one of the fun things about seeing everybody's art. We all see it and paint it differently with a special twist of our own. Sounds like a fun day.

  2. You really captured it, Vicky! I'm amazed at how much deeper the green has gotten in the past 3-4 days, and the leaves are suddenly huge! So glad you could come up...and that Pam suggested going to the Mercantile! I've never been to their little bistro, I liked it!

  3. This is a delightful composition! I love the mixture of the scene in combination with the breakouts with detail. Quite an attractive layout!

  4. Beautiful, beautiful, I love seeing it through your eyes. Every leaf right down to the petal of a flower.

  5. Positive mention of the Kansas Flint Hills always gets my attention! Thanks!
    So happy it brought me to your site. Hope you and your readers visit regularly.

    Our 22 county Flint Hills Tourism Coalition, Inc. promotes visits to the Kansas Flint Hills – the website is:

    Best wishes!
    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Personal Blog:

  6. Beautiful studies and landscape painting! It looks like it was a glorious spring day in many ways.


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