Posted By Art Baxter

Well, my wife and I just got back from staying a few days at Janes Island State Park on the Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. The island is a marshy wetland just off the mainland with a labyrinth of small canals. It's mostly tall grass but does have a few clusters of trees on the larger land masses. It's popular with people who like to fish and crab.We stayed in a cabin and enjoyed a few quiet days in the woods on the bay. The park was almost empty aside from maybe a dozen people. Unfortunately, we couldn't kayak because of the small craft advisory from high winds so we biked around the local town of Crisfield for three hours.

Chrisfield is a sleepy town that time forgot. The town's main business is crabbing and times haven't been good there for fifty years. It's trying to be a boating/vacation spot with all it's new, mostly empty, condos but it ain't happenin'. I passed block after block of unsold homes. Old buildings that have been there since the town's founding still stand, largely untouched. The town is mostly populated by the poor and elderly and is small enough so the local drug corner is located across the street from the police station. We sampled some of the local delicacies such as crabs (natch') and the multi-layered Smith Island cake. I also enjoyed having scrapple almost as far south as this regional food goes.

I love this place! I like to go to places where other people aren't. Things are usually dead after labor Day and are more dead here than most places.

Here's a drawing I did there from the back of the cabin we were staying in. I needed to get up higher than the ground to get the canal in the picture so I put a beach chair on the roof of my ancient Corolla, sat there and drew for three hours. I started around four in the afternoon so by seven I was just about out of light. I was facing west, looking at Janes Island. I was treated to a spectacular pink hued sunset over the marshy island.

I drew with the usual suspects of fountain pen, brush pen and color pencil. The original is 11" x 14."  Drawing fatigue stared as I entered the third hour. I couldn't believe how many damn pine needles I still had to draw. This was drawn on Wednesday afternoon.  Click here to see it bigger.

I'll post at least one more drawing from the trip.

5 Comment(s):
Art said...
Thanks for the comments everybody. Glad you like the drawings. Having this BLOG is often a tipping point on getting a drawing done or not. The BLOG is a beast that needs to be fed!
Thursday, October 2, 2008 01:39:36 PM
sammy said...
wow- your starting to scare me art, where are the little duckies flying by?? have you found a peaceful place in your relaxed state? these are quite lovely and graceful and so full of detail art, great!!! just that I keep looking for your wonderful characters to peak out from behind a tree... nice spud, really, in a natural setting. enjoy!
Tuesday, September 30, 2008 01:35:10 AM
your lovely sister said...
This is a beautiful drawing! 3 hours well spent. Looking forward to more!
Sunday, September 28, 2008 04:31:01 PM
slavko vorkavitch said...
Art! This is a beautiful piece of work! I think there is a very talented landscape artist hiding in there someplace!
Saturday, September 27, 2008 01:28:14 AM
april said...
i'm totally in love w/ this!! the detail is amazing and the mood is a peaceful one. great job art!
Friday, September 26, 2008 08:32:20 PM
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