Grassy Island, Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge
- Painted en plein air on 7/30/19 at John D. Dingell Park
- Detroit River
- Grassy Island (Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge)
Grassy Island was designated as a National Wildlife Refuge and then it was used as a site to deposit contaminated dredged sediments from the Rouge River, where it is now precariously contained on the island. I painted this view from John D. Dingell Park in Ecorse. I had the company of this fairly inebriated guy for the duration of the time that I was there painting. He lived up the road and said that he frequently passed his days at the park. He left at one point to pick up more libations from the gas station but returned to regail me with more of his life story and to give me encouragement (and some pointers). It is fair to say that by the end of the day, he didn't feel like a stranger. I am always reminded of him when I look at this painting. I painted this using the Yellow/Blue-Green/Red-Purple Major Chord from the Dudeen Color Triangle.