Kansas City Southern Railway Trackside shacks in Waxahachie, Texas

Kansas City Southern Railway Trackside in Waxahachie, Texas

The winds got up again this afternoon, making it difficult to paint and hold supplies in place.  But it also kept the heat from rising.  I found a tree that offered plenty of shade, and went to work on this trackside structure, stopping occasionally to allow passing freight trains to obstruct my view (one Kansas City Southern, one Union Pacific).  I painted this shack at last year’s Waxhachie Paint-Out, but this time decided to paint it larger (11 x 14 instead of 8 x 10) and incorporate more of the surrounding trees.  I did not time myself, but estimate that I had this one finished in less than 90 minutes.  Two paintings in one day has exhausted me.  School resumes tomorrow (one more week of it) and I will return to Waxahachie for a new plein air adventure as soon as that final bell rings!

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8 Responses to “Kansas City Southern Railway Trackside shacks in Waxahachie, Texas”

  1. Nancy Trottier Says:

    David, love the sky on this one!!!


  2. lesliepaints Says:

    I like your greens in this one, David. The sky is fantastic!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Leslie. I’ve been happier these past few days with the kinds of greens I’m working into my watercolors. Green was always my worst color when trying to work foliage or grasses. Finally some combinations are starting to work better for me.


  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I love the sky and the pop of the red star. By the way I meant to mention that I like the way you divided the space in Zula’s Coffee House.


  4. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Linda. I was counting on that Red Star to give the composition something, as I was a little concerned that it was too quiet. And thanks for the added “Zula” comment. I’ve been thinking a great deal on that very notion since I read it from Robert Motherwell’s Collected Writings recently: “Drawing is a means of dividing space.” I’ve tried to think more clearly about that when working in plein air, trying to capture something “out there” and arranging it on a small rectangle.


  5. jshdodd91 Says:

    Thats actually the Union Pacific railroad. The KCS doesn’t even come close to this area.


  6. davidtripp Says:

    Thanks for reading. I’m aware of the UP trackage, but on that day, as I recorded, I watched a KCS freight roll by, and waved to it.


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