Nearly finished with Decatur, Texas, February 24, 2010

Cafe in Decatur, Texas

I’m closing in on the end of this one.  I almost threw it away last summer, it started so badly.  I began the composition in plein air. Rainstorms throughout the morning, followed by hot sun at noon meant that soon my hand was sweating all over the watercolor paper.  So I took some pictures, went home, looked at the painting, hated it, and laid it aside for a few months.  I think it’s finally showing some possibility as I continue to tinker with it.

This painting could have been finished today, but I laid it aside to start a new one at a railroad facility.  I found an old, old structure where hoppers used to pull through and fill up from storage tanks overhead.  I have the sky finished, and the structure sketched in.  I cannot make up my mind whether or not to park a hopper inside the station.  Hopefully I’ll have enough of it in progress to post tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

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