Finally, another Plein Air Opportunity, 30 September 2010

Cahill Cemetery

I escaped to the country yesterday (Wednesday) to attempt some plein air watercolor activity.  This is the cemetery behind the Cahill Methodist Church, south of Burleson, Texas along F. M. 917.  For anyone who looks at my website ( there is a painting titled First Night in Waterford of this Cahill Church.  It has  since been published as the cover of a fiction novel How Shall These Things Be. My earlier blogs also have watercolor sketches of the church (one that got accidentally doused with my coffee!).  But this is my first attempt to paint a cemetery.  What attracted me was the central tree catching the waning late-afternooon light.  I’ve recently had a real compulsion to render tree bark in pencil and watercolor, and that was my original intention.  I began with the tree.  But the stones standing in bold relief to the sun-drenched grass also caught my attention, as did the dark cool flowing shadows.  I’m still working on this, not sure how it is going to turn out.  I almost have  a notion to lay it aside for awhile and go after another tree trunk.

Tomorrow begins the first of four consecutive weekends of art festivals.  It’s going to be a very busy October, but I’m in the plein air mood, the Texas climate is cooling (63 degrees this morning) and soon the colors will turn.  I really want to capture October in Texas, so I’ll try my very best to do some plein air throughout this month despite my high school/college teaching schedule and the art festivals on weekends.  We’ll see what transpires . . .

Thanks so much for reading.

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2 Responses to “Finally, another Plein Air Opportunity, 30 September 2010”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Lovely, vibrant painting. We just returned from Savannah and I have photos of the Colonial Cemetary that I hope will inspire a painting.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Linda. I haven’t returned to “clean up” the cemetery piece. Just spent 3 days at a festival and popped out a few watercolor sketches. Will probably blog them tomorrow (way too much going on today and tonight and too little sleep!). Thanks for the post. I would love to see what you do with the Colonial Cemetery photos.


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