Plein Air Painting at the Weiler House Gallery, October 28, 2010

Plein Air Watercolor on a French Easel

Plein Air of Weiler House Gallery, Rear View

The Texas autumn evenings are bringing mild temperatures, and today offered one of those delicious opportunities to escape the beaten path and engage in some plein air activity.  Chris Toplyn, my water color buddy, joined me and we drove to the Weiler House in the historic Handley neighborhood in east Fort Worth.  We managed to capture about an hour of bright autumn sunlight before it set behind the buildings.  Setting up our French easels in the parking lot behind the Weiler House, we took shots at painting the rear of the building, engulfed in trees, sun and shadow.

I believe I’ll work on heightening the contrast on this one, after it’s had a day or two to “chill” in the studio.  By the time I got to this stage, the light was gone, I was somewhat fatigued, and decided against any further refinements.  It was a most splendid day to be out.  Tonight we may get our first frost.  Hopefully, I can get out and do a little more of this tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Plein Air Painting at the Weiler House Gallery, October 28, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    I think this is you at your best. I like it when you contrast nature against the side of a building.


  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you, Leslie. I’m always enchanted when I see trees and shadows on the side of a house (Edward Hopper confessed the same), but am always daunted when I try to capture these in watercolor. Shadows of leaves on a light-colored house drive me nuts, but this evening I thought I’d just give it a whirl anyway. I like how this attempt came out, somewhat. I still have plenty to figure out. What I hope to do eventually is contrast a finely-drawn, finely-drafted window, door, or some piece of architecture against loosely-sketched, spontaneous bursts of foliage. That’s what I’m really trying to capture. I’m not close yet, but I’m taking some shots at it.


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