Some Plein Air Activity in McKinney, Texas May 1, 2010

Residence, 508 Tucker St., McKinney, Texas

May 1 proved to be a beautiful day for getting out and engaging in plein air watercolor activity.  The Southwestern Watercolor Society set aside the day for just that.  I rose at 6:00 that morning, and made the 90-minute drive to the historic town, and immediately found College and Tucker streets lined with historic homes bathed in the morning light.  This one, actually, I began after lunch, so it was bathed in afternoon light!  The owner found me on College Street painting another home (one I will post in a separate article), and told me of this house, built in 1894.  Tom, an optometrist living in Colleyville, still owns this house where he grew up.  His parents acquired it (I believe) around 1947.  A student of architecture once told him that it is a Victorian style, visited by Colonial Revival and forecasting Arts and Crafts.  Quite an eclectic mix.

I found this composition very enjoyable in the making, until the sun came out and bore down on me (I don’t “do sun” very well).  So, I took several digital photographs of the house in the event that I take another run at it.  As for this sketch, I took it to cooler environs (shadow side of the McKinney courthouse) that afternoon, and modified it by adding an arrangement of violets and greens to the shadows.  The actual house is gray with maroon corbels, and very attractive.  However, my watercolor sketch turned out very drab gray, with corbels that didn’t quite match the burgundy that I admired.  Adding the cool colors to the shadows improved it somewhat.  I think I might have some further plans for this, in some additional sketches.  We’ll see.

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3 Responses to “Some Plein Air Activity in McKinney, Texas May 1, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    It is the violet and green colors that you added that caught my eye immediately. This is my favorite of the plein air paintings you did that day. I think it is the lovely architecture enhanced by the lovely colors that I like. Wonderful work!

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  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you so much. Once I finished that day in McKinney, I have really itched to get back into the studio (but the dreaded school work stacked me up from dawn till midnight daily). Nevertheless, I’ve been “in the studio” this evening, beginning work on a large one (24″ x 18″) of a 1954 Ford sitting in a field with a dark forest behind. I have a sketch of it earlier in this blog. I’m feeling pretty good about this one.

    Thanks again.

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  3. David Tripp Says:

    Oops! Changed my mind. I’m working on a 1950 Chevy instead (also a sketch earlier in this blog). I’ll get to the ’54 Ford eventually, as I will these historic McKinney homes. Too much watercolor ambition, and too much school crap!

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