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Grand Detour – Again

September 20, 2010

Shadows at Grand Detour, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Recently, the Eagle’s Nest group was painting at a park in Grand Detour (see entry dated September 12). A local artist we know, dropped by to see the works in progress. We were invited to paint at her “compound” sometime. This artist and her husband own neighboring houses in Grand Detour. One house is their main residence. The other is the artists studio and gallery (I am so jealous).

“Sometime” came last week (best to take advantage of an invitation A.S.A.P. before the host has a chance to rescind the invitation). Eagle’s Nest artists arrived at various times (I counted eight total). Some quickly set up their easels and began painting. Others moved around getting resource photos of the grounds before starting on small  sketches and paintings. While several artists were excited by the play of light across the buildings, the effects of the light through the trees and on the ground captured my interest. As we painted, I remarked to a neighboring painter that it seemed as though we were working in a library. Eight people busy painting and seldom a word spoken as we were all enjoying a busy and successful session of painting.

For me, it was “one of those days”. Before leaving the house in the morning, I realized that I forgot to grab the car keys. After retrieving the keys, I pulled the car out of the garage and realized that I forgot my notes with the directions to our paint site. Retrieved the notes. Shortly after leaving home, I realized that I forgot to bring my camera. Sorry, I didn’t turn around. You only get to see the finished product.

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