Monroe Lake; Bloomington IN Oil Sketch

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This sketch I did probably eight or more years ago when I living in Bloomington. I hauled out my french easel and paints after class at IU one day. By the time I got set up to paint, I had about 30 minutes to paint before dark. It isn’t composed well and I regret that I didn’t go out there and do a hundred more sketches like that one, before I moved. I still like to look at it and feel happy when I see it. It is painted on a 8″x10″ masonite board.

Monroe Lake is a huge man-made lake in Monroe County, Indiana. Nice for boating, skiing, swimming and picnicing around. I’ve heard John Mellencamp has a house on the lake somewhere.

It is between Bloomington and Brown County, which is famous for its trees in the fall. Very hilly terrain. Reminds me of the Smokey Mountains and Appalachia. Nashville, IN is in Brown County and started as an artist’s colony. The most prominent artist to live there was TC Steele, who did some beautiful landscapes. His house and studio are on a hill off state road 46 and is open to the public as a state park. Artists often go there to paint on the grounds. Twice a year Paint-outs are held and a contest at the day is held with prizes (Spring and Fall).

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