Coffee Church finished, March 27, 2010

Cahill United Methodist Church

I will probably title this Cahill United Methodist Coffee Church.  My connection with this subject began several years ago when I painted the rear portion of the church to publish on the cover of a forthcoming fiction novel by a local writer.  I fell in love with the overall location of this scenic church south of Burleson, Texas and just east of Interstate 35.  I returned to the church a year later and began this composition.  I was totally satisfied with the tree on the extreme left, and took a picture of the church, hoping to finish the building part of the composition later.

One Saturday, while working in the studio space behind Arlington’s Upstairs Gallery, I knocked my cup of coffee over and completely flooded this painting.  Instead of throwing it away (because I liked the tree!), I kept it around, and worked on it intermittently, trying to find ways to eliminate the coffee stains.  Finally, I ended up with this.

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9 Responses to “Coffee Church finished, March 27, 2010”

  1. Alex Zonis Says:

    I think coffee stains just made it better :)! Personally I cannot see them, but want to mention that coffee has natural pigmentation that is similar in hue to sepia and quite beautiful. An artist can use that, why not? The painting came out really nice regardless.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Good point Alex, and thanks. I like the sepia look of coffee–but I wonder how stable the color is, like 20 years from now. Nevertheless it is there, in the lower right corner–the rest is buried under other colors, up behind the church. I’m glad I decided against tossing it in the trash. Thanks for the compliments.


      • Alex Zonis Says:

        You have a good point as well – I don’t know how coffee pigment will behave in 20 years. But I know that I cannot remove coffee stains from my husband’s shirts in a laundry :). I have to take them to dry cleaning and have them use their heavy duty chemicals to exterminate the spots. So that’s somewhat comforting…


      • davidtripp Says:

        Excellent observation (laughing)! I had not considered that. In the future, should I run out of sepia, I’ll use coffee (which is Always with me).


  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    A friend of mine painted several paintings of steaming coffee mugs using coffee. He tested several kinds and only Starbucks would do.

    Lovely painting. I can see the coffee but the viewer doesn’t realize what it is. The color works well. The tree is very nice and I like the feeling of solitude.


  3. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Linda. Since Starbuck’s is usually with me “en plein air” perhaps I’ll put my brush in it and see how it looks as a wash.


  4. Francis Jong Says:

    Nicely done painting. The flow of the colous is so natural. Yup like alex mention, i don’t see the coffee mark. The lower right hand looks more like dirt road heading towards the church stairs. Next time i shd try this methods, spiling some colored drink, i think they shd work on some abstract art.


  5. Lynn Moore Says:

    I am a member of Cahill United Methodist Church. We are celebrating 125 years as a church this year. I found this wonderful painting while researching pictures to use for our Anniversary event to be held in the fall of 2018.
    Is there any way we could get a copy of this to use in our promotional materials for this event? We would be willing to purchase if needed.

    It is beautiful.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Good evening, Lynn,
      Thank you for your interest in my watercolor. The original painting sold years ago, but I still sell reproductions of it in 5 x 7″ images for $15 or 8 x 10 for $25. The smaller one fits in an 8 x 10″ white mat to fit inside a standard frame, while the larger inserts in an 11 x 14″ white mat which is also a standard frame size. I live in Arlington. If you are interested, please contact me at or (817) 821-8702. Thank you again.


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