Cold day for Plein Air. February 28, 2010

Rogers Hotel and Zulu's Coffee House, Waxahachie, Texas

I thought it a good idea to go outside and paint en plein air this afternoon.  After all, the Jeep thermometer registered 66 degrees.  What it didn’t register was the slashing, freezing wind that cut through my layers of shirt, sweatshirt and denim jacket as I sat on the courthouse lawn in Waxahachie and tried my hand at the historic Rogers Hotel and Zulu’s Coffee House.  After about an hour of drawing, I gave up and returned home.  Using the photos from my digital camera, I worked at laying in some of the ground colors and rendered a few details with a fine brush.  The salt kind of got out of control, and the side of the building looks quite funky, but I can obliterate those patterns if I choose.

I’m glad I got out today, but regret the cold, cold climate.  Regret even more that I still have Art History to finish up for tomorrow and it’s getting late.  Looks like I’ll have to put the watercolor on hold.  I hate that.  This one looks like it’s going to be fun to do.


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4 Responses to “Cold day for Plein Air. February 28, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Plein air is fun but very challenging. I admire that paint out of doors as much as you. The cold, the wind, the sun…I guess artists are just never satisfied are we? I am looking forward to watching your progress.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Funny to realize I stuck to the studio for 20 years. Last year I resumed plein air and appreciate the quality of light, but I’m not very tolerant of the temperature & wind factors. Yesterday was not a good experience though I was in good spirits when I started.


  2. Pierre R. Says:

    That lamp post looks very promising as I really find attractive the empire waist feature. As you say: that start is great and the challenge of completing it a lot of fun. Pierre


  3. lesliepaints Says:

    I’m looking forward to getting out and painting outdoors, also, David. It will be a month more before I can do that, here, though. I, for one, like your funky salt effect on the building, but it seems I’m more tolerant of that sort of thing than some are. I really like your take on buildings and am hoping I am picking up some ideas via osmosis by staring at them. 🙂


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