Plein Air Watercolor sketch, March 3, 2010

Property adjacent to Lyndon Acres, Burleson, Texas

My watercolor of the Rogers Hotel in Waxahachie is starting to improve.  Not enough change to justify a new post however.  I’ve been out of the blog loop two days due to the end-of-six-weeks grading period at school, followed by that vomitous TAKS testing the very next day.  Now that the debris has settled, I can get back to what matters.

Today I looked through a colleague’s sketchbook/journal and was stunned at his watercolor sketches done on site as he moved through life daily.  They were so exquisite to look upon, and I was reminded that I’ve never been a sketchbook person.  Ever.  I’ve kept journals faithfully since the late 1980s, but I have never been one to fill sketchbooks.  So today I thought I would change all that.  I went to Lyndon Acres after school, and while my wife rode her horse, I did this watercolor sketch of the adjacent property as the sun was setting low.  The experience was exquisite for me.  I’m glad that I finally did a watercolor “sketch” instead of a long, drawn-out painting.  And once I laid the sketch aside, I felt “primed” to resume my hotel painting.  Hopefully I’ll have enough of that ready to post on tomorrow’s blog.

Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “Plein Air Watercolor sketch, March 3, 2010”

  1. Pierre R. Says:

    I am one of your new readers. I love that watercolour sketch of the adjacent property. The minimal amount of colour and detail is just strong enough to convey the subject and to get the feel for it. As my australians friends like to say: Good on you!
    Have a nice day, as my US friends say.


  2. David Says:

    Thank you kindly for your encouraging response. I was not too thrilled with how it came out, but was really glad to attempt a quick sketch–that’s not been my way, and I’m determined to loosen up and work faster. So, thank you for the encouragement. You’ve inspired me to give it another shot after school today–I’ll be traveling to a county-seat town, and attempting to do some quick sketches of the courthouse square and surrounding businesses. I’ll focus on speed and looseness. Hopefully this will open up new dimensions in my more-finished watercolor paintings.

    Thank you for reading.


  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    This is really wondeful. I like to sketch (graphite, marker or watercolor). It’s interesting how these pieces have so much energy and movement. When I turn any of them into paintings or finished drawings it is a struggle to maintain the feeling. Enjoy!


  4. Tina Bohlman Says:

    David, keep a sketchbook & small watercolor kit within reach 24/7. That’s what keeps the motivation to paint high, especially when studio time is compromised. I turn to my sketchbook(s) often, looking for inspiration or subject matter. I have several; different sizes, paper, formats. hmmm…I think I’ll blog about my sketchbooks and travel kits…..


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