Re-Visiting My First Gallery Sale, January 19, 2010

Union, Missouri

This watercolor means a great deal to me.  It was the first work I ever sold through a gallery.  The buyer was returning to her native Germany, and told the gallery director that the house reminded her of farm homes in the “Old Country.”  I photographed the old house when I was returning to Texas from a visit with family in St. Louis.  As I stood on the property, assuming the place was abandoned, I heard a dog suddenly bark in the distance, then I heard a door slam, and immediately an old pickup truck emerged from behind the house.  Fearing I was about to be chased off the property, I left in a hurry.

This was one of my first serious attempts at Andrew Wyeth’s drybrush technique.  I still remember how painstaking I was, when I tried to render the wood grains on the old siding of the house.  The tall weeds were also filling me with anxiety as I attempted to render them.  The siding and the weeds were first attempts.

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4 Responses to “Re-Visiting My First Gallery Sale, January 19, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    It looks a little haunted with those dark clouds moving in. I like it very much because it does emit a personality.


  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Marvelous painting. How did you learn Wyeth’s technique? Is it a specific technique? Anyway, I love your work…


  3. asmalltowndad Says:

    Amazing work!
    I hope to someday control watercolors the way you do. Great contrast and depth.


  4. artbythepaintedbrush Says:

    Oh I really love this, and envy the person who bought it. I can just picture kids running around and playing through the grass and trees like we used to when we were children.


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