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Willow River Falls by Randy Sprout


Small (21.4" x 16.4")

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8.5X11 Pen & Ink study with soft pastels on #140 Strathmore water color paper. The little girl in the middle had fallen down behind these falls and the entire family was responding to help her.This is the first work completed and colored from my recent road trip up through Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin Door County. Many more sketches to work out for a big painting to come for the California Art Club juried show.


wisconsin, water fall, willow, river

I am semi retired and love to travel with my 9X12 #140 Strathmore pad, my Sharpie Ultra Fine ink pen and five or six sticks of pastels or acrylics to color in my “finds” Sometimes I get real lucky and my wife Dawn will take some pictures I can use later. I seem to always be able to give some kind of sketch to my subjects or those bystanders who desperately want to give me some advice.

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  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 3 years ago

    This is really nice. I’d never thought of using pen work & pastel together….nice effect.

  • Thank you very much Marsha! It’s a way for me to color my pen & ink work that I would never have though of, if it had not been for my coveting the pastel work of Lynda Robinson. It’s really a nice way to work as the pastels can cover up gross drawing errors and after fixed with spay I can then go back in and redraw what should have been there, and so on. This one I sprayed and fixed 4 times before I got that family wet.

    – Randy Sprout

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreabout 3 years ago

    Love the work in soft pastel and ink. The subjects are so realistic, Randy, and WET!

  • Thank you very much dear friend!

    – Randy Sprout

  • Elaine Bawden
    Elaine Bawdenabout 3 years ago

    Great job, you captured a wonderful fun mood :)))

  • Thanks very much Elaine.

    – Randy Sprout

    GEORGE SANDERSONabout 3 years ago

    Excellent as always, Randy !!!

  • Thanks for that George.

    – Randy Sprout

  • maria paterson
    maria patersonabout 3 years ago

    you Really bring your subjects to life with your technique Randy, I love the composition in this one, a beauty!

  • Thank you very mch Maria.

    – Randy Sprout

  • Niki Hilsabeck
    Niki Hilsabeckabout 3 years ago

  • Thank you very much Niki.

    – Randy Sprout

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellabout 3 years ago




  • Thank you very much for this Pat.

    – Randy Sprout

  • jatro
    jatroabout 3 years ago

    Terribly real, I can even hear the sound of the waterfall, excerllent work, Randy! :)

  • Thank you very much Jatro.

    – Randy Sprout

  • steppeland
    steppelandabout 3 years ago

    Hi, Randy! Second time this morning that I’m drawn to a marvellous work of yours! Congrats on your feature! – Love your work: >>> watch list :)

  • Thank you very much friend.

    – Randy Sprout

  • DeborahZaragoza
    DeborahZaragozaabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations! 08/09/2011

  • Thank you very much Deborah.

    – Randy Sprout

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