J. M. Alderice House, Waxahachie, June 2, 2010

J. M. Alderice House, Waxahachie

Today again was extremely hot and humid.  However, I could not stop staring at this house and the sunlight glancing off it.  I spent the first hour with the sun chasing me across the vacant lot adjacent the house!  Drawing was difficult as was painting and continually moving my chair and supplies.  Finally the sky clouded over, cool breezes stirred, and I could settle into this and enjoy it more.  The wet-on-wet got away from me several times.  But nevertheless–it is a spontaneous watercolor sketch with many accidents–some of them good ones, it turned out.  Overall, I’m glad with how it turned out.  Two hours and 15 minutes time total.

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4 Responses to “J. M. Alderice House, Waxahachie, June 2, 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    The wet-in-wet “mistakes” are actually really great adding interest, texture, value range. I am continually amazed at how much you achieve in such a short period of time.


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you so much, Linda, for your encouragement. I am finally developing some speed in watercolor (used to take me weeks/months to finish one composition in the studio–still does!). I’m glad that plein air is loosening me up and slowly getting me to the perspective that I can respect watercolor “sketches” instead of trying to turn out a nice finished piece every time. Can’t wait to do it again today after school!


  3. Kent Brewer Says:

    I thought you might like to know that I was working the Art Sale today (Sunday) and overheard a man asking about a painting of his house on Main Street. He had heard that there might be one for sale from the Paint Out. He had looked through the collection of paintings there in the building and couldn’t find it. I think he was looking for a complete rendering of the entire house rather than the detail painting. Knowing which one he was referring to I told him I could show it to him. The reason I knew which painting he wanted to see is because I’ve know the Hollemans (Chris and Denise) for many years and knew the house very well.

    Anyway, congrats on another sale and for your “Best of” award. I’m jealous.


    I told Chris about your blog so maybe they will be visiting here soon.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thanks a million, Kent. You’ve been such an encouragement & inspiration to me. Congratulations on your award. I’m in Arkansas now but would love to paint with you when I return.


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