Yesterday I packed up my painting gear and drove to Dave’s Falls County Park near Amberg, Wisconsin.
It is about a two hour drive away from where I live, so it makes for a great day trip. 

The rocky terrain makes for a stunning change of scenery. 

I had visited this place with my family when I was a kid, and it made a lasting impression on me. I’m not sure why it took me 25 or more years to come back to it, but I know there will be many return trips in the future.

I lugged my gear along the best I could, but with a late start, limited daylight, overwhelmingly beautiful scenery, and a rocky, rooty path, my little cart remained parked where the trail forked at the bouldery rapids.

With so many acres of beautiful scenery to take in, I simply could not decide where to paint or how to get my equipment there. 

So, before I left the park, I did a quick sketch.

I took many photographs for references later, but I would like to return better prepared – with a backpack (instead of a cart) full of paints and panels so that I can paint from life.


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