Monday, May 5, 2008

Columbia River Cruise

My mom and I took a riverboat cruise on the Columbia River with Cruise West. We had a great time and met some wonderful new friends. The cruise was based on the history of the area, the river, the native tribes, Lewis and Clark and the flora and fona. I had a great time finding lots to sketch on our many stops. There are four locks on the Columbia and four more on the Snake.
I really like the way this page turned out. I don't plan out a whole page when I start sketching but continue on until the page is full. The sketch of the fish was copied out of Clark's journal.
The chains and ropes were for the gangplank and were tied up outside our cabin. I liked the design that they formed and had to sketch them. We got to see many petroglyphs, which are carved and pictographs, which are painted. The figures and animals have so much character.
After the gangplank was used the ropes and chains were tied differently and so I sketched them again.
More petroglyphs and pictographs. We took a jet boat ride on the Snake River and at one of the stops there was a cold or root cellar. As I was sketching a very cold wind was blowing and I was shaking which added the roughness to the stone wall.
Robert Bateman Sketchbook 6" x 9"
Pen and Watercolor

12 comments:

Alan said...

Great journal pages.

Lynn said...

Wonderful sketchbook pages! I love the composition, and the way everything fits together.

Sandy said...

This looks and sounds fabulous, I will have to study each post when I have time! Very nicely done.

Ann said...

These are fantastic. I love they way you composed each page.

john.p said...

Just found your pages. Great stuff! I'm with Sandy - I'll come back to digest it when I have more time.

Sherry said...

I am so jealous! We've done cruises on the Ohio and Mississippi, but I'd love to take a trip on the Columbia. Your sketches are awesome; you must have spent lots of time on them.

seesue said...

These pages are delightful. Endless memories housed within.

SCquiltaddict said...

These are such great journal pages!!

Alison said...

I especially love the top page - altogether a great output

Margaret Ann said...

What a beautiful keepsake of your trip...these are just lovely! :)

Shelly McC said...

Great pages! Lots of colour and interest. Lots of great little details.

Christie said...

I so enjoyed looking at these pages. What a fine way to keep memories.