Thinking of Edward Hopper, May 30, 2010

819 Main Street Waxahachie

Edward Hopper was quoted as saying “All I wanted to do was paint the sunlight on the side of a house.”

I had my “Edward Hopper” moment this morning as I cruised Main Street in Waxahachie, Texas, searching for something to paint en plein air. I saw the facade of this vacant house peeking out from the heavily shaded foliage of the trees out front, and I had to leap out of the Jeep and try to capture it.

Thirty minutes into the experience, the sun found me.  Like a stooge, I failed to note that I was seated on the western side of the trees that had formed such a nice canopy over my sidewalk.  Thanks to the width of Main Street, I realized to my chagrin that I would spend the rest of the time under the sun.  The temperature rose into the high 90’s and the humidity was fierce.  I developed a headache.

Two hours and fifteen minutes into the project, I decided that I had done about all I could do without becoming sun-sick.  I’m glad at least I used sunblock while I was out in it.  I would like to return to a subject such as this, and spend more time developing the foliage overhead and flowers underneath.  I would have done it today, but alas, I’m a wimp when it comes to Texas heat.

Thanks for reading.  I decided to call it a day after this one.  I’ll begin again in the morning when it is cooler, and see how many watercolors I can get done as the day unfolds.  Today was just too hot and miserable for quality painting.

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2 Responses to “Thinking of Edward Hopper, May 30, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    You were wise to stop painting. I hope tomorrow is better.
    I am amazed at how well you are able to capture the deep shadows and the brilliant sunlight. I also like the texture in the tree trunk and throughout the painting. Wonderful!

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  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you, Linda. I still have trouble with dark colors in watercolor. I suppose I use too much wet-on-wet. I re-applied so much on this one that I feared it would turn muddy and get overworked. I may have overworked it as it is, but oh well. Tree trunks have always challenged me, and I just loved the way the sun filtered through on this one that I hoped I could get some success in trying to render it.

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