We left Hermann, MO and drove backroads down to the Lake of the Ozarks and specifically to Camdenton, Missouri. I had seen pictures of a castle ruins that are now in a state park. The park is called Ha Ha Tonka State Park which means "laughing waters". There are a lot of interesting and beautiful natural features in the park and many trails to hike. There is a short half mile up-hill trail to the castle from the parking lot. The Castle was built in the early 1900's by a wealthy Kansas City businessman. Unfortunately, he was killed the year after construction began in one of the first automobile accidents in Missouri. His sons finished building it in 1922, however it wasn't as elaborate. Eventually the property was leased for a hotel and in 1942 sparks from a chimney ignited the roof. The fire gutted the castle and the carriage house. In 1976 vandals burned the water tower. The ruins are massive and give an idea of how lavish the house was originally. It has a stunning view from the top of a bluff over the Lake of the Ozarks.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Sunday, September 12, 2021
Saturday, September 11, 2021
This past week, we traveled to a couple of destinations in Missouri for a quick get away. I had discovered some things that I wanted to see and they all happened to be not too far from each other. We reserved a VRBO in Hermann, Missouri as our resting spot.
First of all, we drove to Fulton, Missouri on the way to Hermann. In Fulton, is Westminster College. Westminster is a beautiful little campus in the small town of Fulton that has beautiful architecture and some interesting history. I specifically wanted to see America's National Churchill Museum that is on campus. It is set in a chapel building that was moved from London and rebuilt onto the college campus. The chapel is the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Aldermanbury. Originally from the 1600's, it was bombed by Hitler during the blitz of World War II. The story of how it came to rest in Fulton, is worth the visit. The museum commemorates the life of Winston Churchill and they also have a small exhibit of his paintings. Did you know that WC was an oil painter? He was invited to speak in the chapel and his "Iron Curtain" speech, "Sinews of Peace" was given there.
Monday, May 24, 2021
Who is this you ask? It's me. Still hanging around. I'm usually on Instagram @imkarensb if you're curious. I had a wonderful week attending a painting workshop and thought I'd share some photos here with you. Let's see if I can remember how to post on here. Things have changed a lot and I also don't remember how they work.
The workshop was by Kim Casebeer in Manhattan, Kansas. Kim is a well known oil painter and has multiple awards and professional associations. Since the workshop was reasonably close to me, I decided to take the leap and join in.
This area of Kansas is home to the Tallgrass prairie in the Flint Hills of northeastern Kansas. We were able to enjoy beautiful vistas like this of the Konza Prairie which is owned by The Nature Conservancy. It is located within the largest remaining area of unplowed tall grass prairie in North America.
We spent 3 days painting plein air (outside) in the wind, sun and rain showers. For this rookie painter, that was a challenge.