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Grand Detour – Once More

September 27, 2010

Bev's Garden Statue, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

Back to Grand Detour. One of the artists participating at last weeks paint out invited the Eagle’s Nest  group to paint at her house. Hooray, I managed to arrive about the same time as everyone else. Weather prediction for the day, sunny and windy.

I walked around the grounds a couple times looking for “the” scene. Many possibilities. You look for the design options. You anticipate how the sun will effect the design as you paint. You hope to find a source to shade your easel and painting while you work.

I came back to this garden scene several times. I liked the design. Made a quick sketch to freeze the lighting effects. I had a tree to my left which I believed would offer protection from the sun and wind. I set up and got started painting.

It seemed like a spent a lot of time working on the statue, a relatively small section of the work, but critical. I felt that I got it right. Once I moved off of the statue, the rest of the painting seemed to paint itself. I like when paintings work like this. I liked the work on the easel and really enjoyed how it looked when I got home and put it in a frame.

Bev's Garden Statue at the start of my painting

After Block-in

Bev's Garden Statue, Oil on Canvas 11" x 14"

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