Ellis County Courthouse en Plein Air, Waxahachie, Texas

Ellis County Courthouse en Plein Air

Today was registration day for the Paint Historic Waxahachie event.  Tomorrow morning early will commence with the Quick Draw.  Contestants will have 90 minutes to paint anything in view from the courthouse square, and then the paintings will be “silent auctioned” immediately afterward.  Today after school, I drove to Waxahachie and took a crack at this Ellis County Courthouse.  Temperatures reached 101 degrees, but fortunately I was under a shaded awning.  Unfortunately though was the high wind that came up.  My folding chair that was holding my brushes, bottles of water and various watercolor supplies was lifted and tossed, so I got to go and gather all my scattered art supplies.  This happened twice.  That was not nearly as bad as the problem I had wrestling with this piece.  I’m painting larger than last year, on a 12 x 16″ block instead of a 9 x 12″.  I didn’t realize what a difference those extra inches would make in filling out a composition.  It’s going to take some work.

I worked much longer than 90 minutes on this piece, so I’m not sure if I’m going to tackle the courthouse in tomorrow’s Quick Draw session.

Thanks for reading.  I’ll be posting again tomorrow.

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6 Responses to “Ellis County Courthouse en Plein Air, Waxahachie, Texas”

  1. sartenada Says:

    You are making beautiful art. I enjoy art in its many forms, but cannot create it. Your art is great joy for my eye and that is why I like it.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you Sartenada. I think your photography is truly outstanding, and wish I could find that kind of pulpit furniture in the United States. Please stay in touch and let me know if you continue to photograph country churches with their furnishings and cemeteries.


      • sartenada Says:

        Hi David.

        I’ll stay with contact with, be sure. I’ll continue also my photographic tour this summer on countryside. Last summer I drove around my country in three months about 6200 miles. Summer is the only possible time to photograph churches and all that they “include”.

        Happy Sunday!


  2. lesliepaints Says:

    This is fantastic for 90 minutes!!!!! I love the splashes of color and the vignette composition works superbly with your method of plein air painting. Hope it brought what it deserved in silent auction!


  3. davidtripp Says:

    Thanks Leslie. Actually, I worked about 3 hours on this piece Friday night. I did do a 90-minute piece of the same courthouse, from the opposite corner, this morning. It’s now posted on the blog. So far, we’re off to a good start at this event. After two days, I have 3 paintings “in the box.”


  4. davidtripp Says:


    Please alert me with your new photo travels this summer. I will “vicariously” enjoy them. The life of a photographer has to be a sublime one. I have just begun week one of a 3-week plein air experience, and am really looking forward to creating new work.


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