Sketching at Arcola Mills

On Sunday I joined the Twin Cities Urban Sketchers at Arcola Mills outside of Stillwater. This historic mansion and grounds was a beautiful place to sketch. There was a waterfall and creek, woods, wildflowers, and a beautiful view of the St. Croix River shoreline. I chose to start with the house first and used my large Moleskine for a larger view. I went down the hill a bit and sat in front of a garden of flowers, hoping to capture the building peeping up over the tops of flowers. The path to the waterfront was downhill and I joined some other sketchers enjoying the view. Sunlight dappled the shade and a boat or two went by on the river, with waves rolling up on the shore. I also chose two smaller spaces— the brick and stone foundations on each side of the house, with purple cone flowers. There was low humidity and it was so peaceful listening to the birds, breezes, and running water!


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