A Sweltering Afternoon en Plein Air, May 29, 2010

Waxhachie 412 W Marvin

After a 90-minute Quick Draw competition, followed by by a 30-minute cataloguing session, followed by a 90-minute auction, followed by a one-hour lunch, chat, and paperwork on recent paintings at the Ellis County Art Association, Chris Toplyn and I drove over to West Marvin Avenue and took a good look at this gorgeous historic Victorian home. We decided to give it a shot.  I had no idea what I was climbing into!  I drew for 45 minutes (doing more erasing than drawing!).  Then I began laying down the washes, finally the dry brush detailing.  The humidity and 97-degree afternoon was sweltering in the shade!

However, the fabulous residents of this home came out and treated Chris and me as though we were royal guests, with cold drinks, fabulous conversation and very encouraging affirmations.  Our heart-felt thanks goes out to Rudy Mikula and his wife Jackie Montejano.  They really made us welcome.

After three hours, I decided that I had gone about as far as I could with this one.  With cooler temperatures, a more comfortable stool (and minus all that flurry of morning activity!) perhaps I could have given this a couple more hours of scrutiny.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on it.  But alas, the fatigue factor.  I rose at 7:00 this morning, and now sit here at 7:41 this evening, totally whipped.  I can hardly see to type this.

Thanks for reading.  I can’t wait for tomorrow!  I’ll post faithfully every day as I continue this Historic Waxahachie Paint Out.

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2 Responses to “A Sweltering Afternoon en Plein Air, May 29, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Interesting details and I love the nostalgic, patriotic feeling.


  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you. The house was so overwhelming. I’m glad the tiny portion of it that I selected came out O.K. My buddy Chris captured almost the entire house–I have no idea how he managed that so fast (same time spent as I did on mine). The endless angles of a Victorian house fascinate (and intimidate) me.


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