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7 Days, 100 Paintings For Two Indiana Artists

LeGrand and Boswell are plein air painters, meaning they work outdoors, at the mercy of changing light and the elements.

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Photo: Courtesy Julie Ann Roberts

Wyatt LeGrand is a full-time artist, painting outdoors across the state of Indiana and selling his art from his studio and gallery in Bloomfield.

One hundred new works of art in seven days. That’s what two Indiana artists set out to paint last week.

On a Sunday afternoon, Wyatt LeGrand and Roy Boswell are at the small chapel on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington, painting the cemetery’s tombstones.

LeGrand is a bit surprised to find himself here. “I don’t think I ever thought, ‘I want to paint that gravestone,’” he says. “But the light is right on it and it looks pretty cool. As you’ll see with most of our paintings, it’s not so much about the subject matter as it is the appearance of what we’re painting.”

LeGrand and Boswell are plein air painters, meaning they work outdoors, at the mercy of changing light and the elements.

After six days of traveling to places such as Bloomfield, Vernon, and even the state fair in Indianapolis, the artists have amassed more than forty paintings each.

Their goal of finishing the week with one hundred paintings is within sight. For LeGrand, the week-long spectacle is as much a part of the art as the paintings themselves.

The show is not just about the finished product, it’s about the process of making the paintings. Showing that you can complete a nice solid body of work that is very cohesive and is really impressive—you can do it in a small time frame, and it doesn’t have to be a labored thing, it can be a very spontaneous thing.

The artists will display work from the week’s travels at a show at the Ivy Tech John Waldron Arts Center in December.

The only hiccup? There might not be enough wall space for all 100 paintings.

Mia Partlow

Mia moved to Bloomington from Louisville, Kentucky in 2002. After completing her BA at Indiana University, she lived briefly in New Orleans, and then moved to NYC to get a master's in American Studies. Now settled in Bloomington, Mia loves working with area organizations in her role as a Corporate Development associate for WFIU and WTIU. She spends most of her free time sewing and trying to tire out her energetic dog.

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