After the morning plein air excursion into Granbury, I next turned my Jeep further south, and arrived in Hico, Texas as the sun waxed hotter. What a fabulous town for painting! Ghost signs were everywhere to be found on the sides of buildings of brick and rusticated stone. I turned down a major street, and was delighted to find it divided, with a tree-shaded island featuring park benches and gazebos. I found plenty of space to set up my easel on the island, without blocking sidewalk traffic (not that there was much, in that small town!). As I painted, I found the residents of Hico to be exceedingly friendly. A number of men and women approached me, looked at my work, said affirming things, and chatted with me about life in the small town, and also asked how things were in my large city, and I found it pleasing to cover a number of conversational subjects with them, all of the talk pleasant. I even had the pleasure of meeting an acrylic studio painter who owned a business on the street where I painted. A lady in a passing car rolled down her window, took a look at my work, and expressed admiration for my attempt at architecture. She was a painter of animals and thought it would be difficult to paint buildings. I guess I should have mentioned to her that I find it difficult, painting animals!
I loved this street intersection vista. The light rusticated stone building contrasted nicely with the darker buildings across the street on the left, and I was fascinated with the tree on the right invading the compositional space. I took a reference photo of this site and am seriously considering taking another shot at this in the studio.
The day was hot, the travel exhausting, but I’m glad I got out and did this. Last night I looked at the website of the Weiler House Gallery (http://www.weilerhousefineart.com/#events) and saw that my Solo Show for this fall has been posted. My first reaction was that it was time to “find another gear” in producing art work. Showtime is in two months.
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