The Dells are a beautiful landform carved by the Wisconsin River. The layered
sandstone cliffs rise up alongside the river for a few miles, and are lined by
The Cambrian sandstone was deposited in layers over millions of
years. At the end of the the last ice age, torrents of water from melting ice
carved the gorge through the relatively soft sandstone, creating the cliffs
over just a few thousand years. Wisconsin has a diversity of unusual landforms
created by several periods of glaciation – surprising for a state generally
known for rolling farmland.
This area is a favorite vacation spot in Wisconsin and the Midwest (my own family included).
There is also a large amusement park nearby – a sharp contrast with the beauty and peacefulness of
the forest and river.
I painted the fabrics for the cliffs and sky. The water is a layer of blue
fabric covered by a layer of painted organza to create the reflection of the
cliffs. The trees are extensively thread-sketched.