Sibley and Shepherd Park

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boats on river

Yesterday I was driving home through St. Paul, and decided to drive along Shepherd Road by the river. I love this drive, as there are boats, bridges, bluffs, and barges (4 B’s). I have wanted to sketch along the river and there is a great little pull-off park at Sibley/Shepherd. We had a blue sky and it was very cold, and I liked the ice along the river. The dark flowing water shown through in places, and I liked the shapes of the boats and even the trash can. I liked the industrial look of the place—a palette of grays, browns, purples, and the green and red trash dumpsters across the shore, just stuck out for a hint of color! I sat in my car, with the heater going, and time just passed…. I got in the zone and sketched in pen, then added watercolor washes, bringing up the values. I left the background buildings white, as I wanted the attention on the middle ground. I am amazed these boats were just docked in the ice, once spring comes, they’ll be off and sailing again! That’s for another sketch….

One thought on “Sibley and Shepherd Park

    Lou said:
    February 8, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Love your sketches! Lou

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