Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

” . . . and all the air a solemn stillness holds.”  The Thomas Gray poem took hold of me this afternoon.  I chose to drive to the Cahill Methodist Church today and make some new attempts at sketching the small cemetery behind the church, with watercolor and pencil.  I have painted this cemetery once before, and the church twice before (the church is on my website, titled “First Night in Waterford.”).  www.recollections54.com

The temperatures were somewhat mild, in the mid-80’s and the winds were tolerable today.  I could not believe how quiet and isolated I was as I stood in this churchyard and created two paintings in the afternoon.  The Cahill Church is located 2.7 miles east of I-35W on F.M. 917 (south of Burleson, Texas).  My wife rides her horse on a local ranch in Burleson, and today I found it convenient to make the extra 10-minute drive to this quiet little place.

Something tells me I will want to return to this place.  This afternoon seemed to offer the perfect space for watercolor exploration.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    My sister-in-law gave me a very old leather bound book of poetry and I just read this poem two days ago. Incredible coincidence! Two days ago I posted an invitation to our first virtual paint-out of the year, if you are interested.

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you. Of course I’m interested in a “virtual” paint-out (actual ones too:). What exactly does this involve? Is there a website for me to consult?

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