Plein Air Painting in a Cemetery during a Stormy Afternoon

Plein Air Painting in a Cemetery on a Stormy Afternoon

In just a few days, I have a major plein air painting event taking place in Waxahachie, Texas.  For several weeks now, I have been brushing up on plein air practices, which are profoundly different from studio approaches.  This afternoon, as the north part of the city of Fort Worth grew dark with gathering storms, I traveled to the Greenwood Cemetery and attempted a quick sketch rendering of this monument.  I worked on it for one hour and ten minutes.  I’m getting faster, but last summer I was finishing plein air watercolors in as fast as 45 minutes.   I still have a ways to go.

This is the first time I’ve attempted to capture Greek-style columns in watercolor.  I enjoyed the experience, though I’m not too pleased with the result.  However, I remind myself that this is a first.  I’ll eventually get to where I want to go with Greek monuments.  I’m just glad the storms held off till I was finished with this piece.

Thanks for reading.  Hope to see you in Waxahachie beginning this weekend.

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2 Responses to “Plein Air Painting in a Cemetery during a Stormy Afternoon”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    I watercolored in a cemetary on two different occasions. It was a very peaceful environment. I love the two tree trunks in the background mimicing these columns, David.

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Leslie. It was a perfect, cool afternoon to do this. I had never considered a cemetery for painting until just this past year, and I love it that there is not “traffic” around me–I only saw two people the entire time I was there. The quiet is all-embracing.

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