A Second Attempt at Watercoloring the Country Churchyard

Cahill Cemetery

This is a super-quick watercolor sketch I attempted at the Cahill Cemetery, having finished the one posted under the heading “Elegy in a Country Churchyard.”  The weather was too nice, the breeze too soothing, and the surroundings too quiet for me to leave at just that moment.  I cannot express the depth of gratitude I feel to be alive, to have the time and space to pursue plein air watercolor experiments and to enjoy space and quiet like this afternoon.  Working in pubic education can be taxing, to put it diplomatically.  Weekends are sacred to me, and what is more appropriate than finding a churchyard in a quiet countryside to spend some quiet moments, the day before Easter.

The Cahill Methodist Church is 2.7 miles east of I-35W on F. M. 917, south of Burleson, Texas.  I have found this a splendid place for weekend retreats from the city, and this is my sixth watercolor sketch done on these premises.

Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “A Second Attempt at Watercoloring the Country Churchyard”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Vibrant and full of Spring!


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you. It was so tranquil and quiet while I was there. Then, that evening, I learned that there was a shootout about 10 miles south of there that left a sheriff’s deputy and the suspect dead. How naive to think that all’s right with the county just because I found a sacred space to work for awhile.


  3. Janna McDonald Says:

    I like your sketch of the Cahill church yard–free and spontaneous, not over-worked. I wish I’d seen the others.


  4. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Janna. I have come to appreciate this setting, especially the quiet of the countryside, for plein air sketching. The other two attempts are also posted on this blog. Thank you for looking, and commenting.


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