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“Homer Watson made a practice of carrying a small sketch book with him at all times.  It was his wont to ‘jot down’ sketches that were often used later as a basis for his larger, more important works. These miniatures he called ‘Idle Moments.’ -Myrtle Bean

As Homer Watson was developing his skills, he filled many sketchbooks with his drawings.  Later, he used his sketchbooks to create preliminary drawings and studies for his paintings.  The collection at Homer Watson House & Gallery contains two of Watson’s original sketchbooks.

Click on the images below to browse the sketchbooks.

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The Loch Doon area was memorialized in celebrated Scottish poet, Robert Burns piece “Ye banks and braes O’ bonnie Doon”

Ye banks and braes o’ bonny Doon,
How can ye bloom sae fresh and fair?
How can ye chant, ye little birds,
And I sae weary fu’ o’ care?
Thou’lt break my heart, thou warbling bird,
That wantons thro’ the flowering thorn:
Thou minds me o’ departed joys,
Departed, never to return.

Aft hae I rov’d by bonnie Doon,
To see the rose and woodbine twine;
And ilka bird sang o’ its love,
And fondly sae did I o’ mine.
Wi’ lightsome heart I pu’d a rose,
Fu’ sweet upon its thorny tree;
And my fause lover stole my rose,
But, ah! he left the thorn wi’ me.

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