I spent a fine morning at Vaux-le-Vicomte, the château of Nicolas Fouquet, Marquis de Belle Île, Viscount of Melun and Vaux. The great estate has magnificent gardens and statues. I was drawn to this statue, where a light early morning fog seemed to enhance the distance. This colored pencil sketch is a preliminary for a possible painting, and allowed me to explore the hues, soft morning light, and values of the view. As a preliminary sketch, there are flaws, available as is.