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Grand Detour – Study

May 15, 2012

Grand Detour Study; Oil on Canvas Panel 6″ x 8″

About three years ago during the Fields Project, I created a watercolor painting at a horse farm. The painting did not turn out well, but I felt that it had possibilities. The painting and the idea have sat and simmered since then. I have thought about this design numerous times.

The other day, I spent the morning plein air painting. It was a cool day and I had not dressed properly. I was chilled and after completing the painting, I headed home for some hot soup and a sandwich.

Following lunch, I went into my studio. I have a painting in the works but just was not motivated to work on it. The design of this horse farm came to mind. I ran upstairs, grabbed the watercolor painting and dashed back to the studio. I did this small study to refresh my memory in preparation for committing this idea to a larger format.

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