Archive for June, 2010

Off to the Festival Today, June 5, 2010

June 5, 2010

819 Main Street Waxahachie

The Barbecue and Awards Ceremony that capped the eight-day Paint Historic Waxahachie was a fabulous event for me.  The owners of this home just painted, Becky and Jim Kauffman, purchased this work just after the awards were announced.  I was pleased to chat with Becky, and amused at how events unfolded last week:  she had hired a contractor to paint the exterior of her home, and had been told that it would not happen for a few weeks.  One day last week, someone notified her that “there’s a man outside painting your house.”  She said, “He wasn’t supposed to be here for three weeks.”  “No,” the person replied, “there is a man outside, making a painting of your house!”

Thank you Becky and Jim, for giving this painting a home.

Waxahachie Trackside

I was also pleased to meet Todd Woodruff at last night’s event.  He purchased this painting, and thrilled me when he remarked that he has passed this structure every day for years, and what he appreciated about the painting was the way the light was captured on the side of the building.  I’m always thrilled to hear someone say that, because my favorite quote from my hero Edward Hopper was “all I wanted to do was paint the sun on the side of a building.”  For me personally, I always found watercolor a challenge when trying to create that effect.  Any time it happens, I’m grateful.  So thanks, Todd, for mentioning that detail to me.  I’ll keep trying for that effect.

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Best of Show, Paint Historic Waxahachie, June 4, 2010

June 4, 2010

Best of Show Waxahachie

I still cannot believe it–Best of Show at this year’s Paint Historic Waxahachie.  After eight mostly sweaty days and nine watercolors produced, I’m deeply grateful to be given this.  The quality of the overall show overwhelmed me this year, with 55 artists taking part and creating over 200 paintings.  The quality and professionalism of the work displayed throughout the exhibition space knocked the wind out of me.  I’m honored to be included in this rank of painters, and proud that I got to spend time talking with them and looking at their craft.  This is a moment I’ll always remember and cherish.

Last Day of the Waxahachie Paint Out, June 3, 2010

June 3, 2010

Stop, Look and Listen

The last day of painting for the Waxahachie Paint Out brought overcast skies and marvelously cool breezes.  I could have stayed all day.  Chris Toplyn joined me and we had the good fortune of meeting up with Gaylord O’Con from Dallas.  The three of us painted the entire afternoon, enjoying the cool, along with the mutual encouagement.  It’s been a great week in Waxhachie.  I’ve managed to kick out eight watercolors, and definitely feel drained from the endeavors.

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

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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A Hot Afternoon at Trackside, June 1, 2010

June 1, 2010

Waxahachie Trackside

Another extremely hot day, nearing triple digits.  Today was the official last day of school.  The next two days will be final exams.  I’m nearing the end of the school term, but also nearing the end of the Paint Historic Waxahachie event.  The event ends Friday at 2:00, which means Thursday evening for me, since Friday is a teacher’s workday at school all day.

My friend Chris was under the weather from the grueling schedule and harsh weather.  So I traveled solo to Waxhachie today, arriving around 2:00 after finishing my school responsibilities.  I decided to do this trackside structure, two blocks southeast of the town square.  I feel that I did some “hack work” since I’ve done these kinds of structures before.  This looks similar to a Decatur painting I completed last summer.  The bottom line: there was no real discovery for me in this work.  No risk.  Nothing new.  Just another painting that I seemed to “whip out for the trade.”  Perhaps it is.  My objective this week is to experiment in plein air, but also to create as many works as possible for sales or at least inventory replenishment.  I guess the heat was so unbearable that I just wanted to get another watercolor piece completed, and hope for better conditions tomorrow for painting.

It was good to get home earlier this evening.  I have a mountain of school work to complete, and hope to get to bed early enough to get decent sleep so that tomorrow I can get through the schoolwork and return to Waxhachie with enough energy to do some decent work.  Maybe I’ll get two paintings accomplished tomorrow–I hope to anyway.

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