Plein Air Watercoloring in a Field of Junked Autos, May 8, 2010

1950 Chevy Sedan Delivery, north of Hillsboro, Texas

Saturday afforded great weather (59-72 degrees and plenty of bright sunshine) for hitting the road early and doing some plein air watercoloring.  I took Chris Toplyn (Boston watercolorist recently transplanted to Texas) to one of my favorite sites, this property along Highway 77 north of Hillsboro that is lined with vintage vehicles rusting in the elements.

I’ve already tried this 1950 Chevy Sedan Delivery from the front view twice, and have a third poured painting in progress (all posted on the blog).  Today I chose to set up behind it and see what I could do.  On this day, I took genuine delight in drawing with the pencil, erasing, correcting, re-drawing.  I sketched and studied for quite awhile (so nice when there are no time constraints), and when it came time to flood the water across the page and drop in the first few washes, I felt I had found paradise.  Many times, plein watercoloring, to me, is like fly fishing in a Colorado stream–time elides and all my pores are delighted in what surrounds me–smells, sounds, sights.  And I lose track of time.  When I stopped noodling on this, I checked and saw that I had spent two-and-a-half hours on it.  It seemed like fifteen minutes.

Afterward, Chris and I decided to get back on Highway 77, and head to Waxahachie to see what we could conjure during the afternoon hours.  This time in the field with this car was a morning well-spent.  I wish I had more of them, but am extremely grateful for the ones granted.  And speaking of which–though it’s rained and gotten soggy outdoors, I have this day to see what I can get done inside the studio.  I’ll see what I can do.


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2 Responses to “Plein Air Watercoloring in a Field of Junked Autos, May 8, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I really like the way you have used color and texture in the vehichle. Very nice.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. I thought the car would be difficult and the weeds easy, but it turned out the opposite. Weeds generally present me no problem, but I guess I didn’t respect these enough!


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