Monday, June 20, 2011

Meadow at Crown Point, New York

Meadow at Crown Point, New York 12x16 pastel, copyright 2011

Last week the family took our summer vacation, this time driving from Niagara Falls through the 1000 Islands region to Quebec City, then down to Lake Champlain and back home.  With a very busy schedule, we always try to pack as much into our vacations as possible, this time putting about 2300 miles on the car.  This isn't very conducive for sitting and sketching, so I typically take several hundred photos in the hopes that some of them will work as references on the return.  This is one of them, the first of many I hope.

Crown Point is at the narrowest spot in Lake Champlain, and the site of a French fort (Fort St. Fredric) and supporting community in the early eighteenth century.  The French destroyed it in 1759, abandoning the area to the British, who replaced it with Fort Crown Point, one of the largest British fortifications in North America.  Neglected following the end of the French and Indian War, it was later taken by American forces in 1775, and control went back and forth between the two during the war.  It was largely neglected after that until the State of New York took it over as a state park in 1910 and repaired and partially restored some of the ruins.  

Today the entire peninsula is also a wildlife area, and most has been left to return to nature.  I'm not sure what the blue flowers are, I think they might be lupine.  There were also daisies and buttercup and prairie grasses.  It is rather ironically a serene spot now.


  1. Great drawing/painting. (Which is it, in pastel?) Pretty active composition, yet quite serene. Has the calming and motivating effect I love so much about being 'out in nature.'

    Looking forward to more from this trip.

  2. This is a great drawing Erica - I really like the dramatic composition.

    I look forward to seeing more drawings from your holiday soon.

    PS sorry I haven't been by.

  3. Thank you A. Decker, and welcome! Re: drawing verses painting in pastel - it depends! Pastel is usually placed in the drawing categories in shows because it is a dry medium. But a pastelist will say that if the paper or ground is not really visible, or that it looks like a painting, then it is a painting. I usually call my pastels paintings.

  4. Thanks Sue, it was a dramatic place. And I haven't been around much either, I just hope to find the time to do some more painting.