Sublime Sunset, Jazz on the Radio, and a Painting in the Box, April 28, 2010

Abandoned Ford in Hillsboro, Texas

Here is the beginning of another plein air study I’ve been pursuing north of Hillsboro, Texas, along Highway 77.  The owner of the farm has a field full of abandoned cars and trucks from the 1950’s.  With my company called Recollections 54, I find this site to be a real gift for my watercolor compositions.

The evening was perfect for watercoloring outdoors.  Temperatures at 6:00 were a little below 80 degrees, with a wonderful breeze stirring.  I got lost in wonder as I sat in the shade of my Jeep and worked on this composition, listening to a car drive by every 5-10 minutes on the nearby highway.  I was sorry that I couldn’t finish it as I lost the light less than two hours later.  The time passed like it was 5 minutes, and I was really sorry I had to stop.

Of course, tomorrow brings another school day.  Perhaps I’ll get to return to this after school.  It’s been getting harder to find time to paint as the school year draws to a close, and of course, the dreaded TAKS test is chewing up all our quality time this week.

Later.  Thanks for reading . . .

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2 Responses to “Sublime Sunset, Jazz on the Radio, and a Painting in the Box, April 28, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    You find the most wonderful locations. The composition is really strong and I love the rapid brushwork in the foreground grasses juxtaposed against the tighter mid and background.


  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you. I’m finally starting to get a few things “right” as I fumble my way through these quick watercolor sketches. I’ve spent too many years going slowly, methodically (anally) and finishing with “tight” pieces. I’m starting to trust instinct a little more, and I’m actually starting to spend more time looking and less time painting. It’s making a difference. Thanks for the encouragement.


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