Painting the College Street Pub in Waxahachie, Texas

College Street Pub, Waxahachie, Texas

College Street Pub, Waxahachie, Texas

I didn’t get to Waxahachie until after 3:00 p.m. today.  School had me tied up.  Once I arrived, I decided to check out College Street, just off the town square.  I was delighted to find some lingering sun on the facade of this College Street Pub.  I painted it last year from an oblique angle, and decided this time to give it an “Edward Hopper” full-frontal, horizontal view.  The slant of light was perfect.  The cool breezes were inviting, and I decided not to hurry on this one.  I worked slowly, gladly, until the light began to fade slightly after 6:00, and someone at that moment parked in front of the pub with a quad cab 4 x 4, completly obliterating my view.  I was ready to stop anyway–fatigue again, but nevertheles a sense of gladness and gratitude for the late-afternoon’s opportunity.

I entered the pub and treated myself to a tuna melt on rye with cucumber salad, and a frosty glass of Stella Artois on tap.  Then I retired to the gardens out back with a cup of coffee, read some more Robert Henri, wrote in my journal, and recorded seven critical notes of what I need to do to improve this painting tomorrow when I return to finish it.

Another good day of plein air activity.  I am so deeply grateful for that.  I feel the weariness, comingled with the joy of a decent day’s work.  Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.


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4 Responses to “Painting the College Street Pub in Waxahachie, Texas”

  1. Angeline M Says:

    I feel like I’m across the street looking at the pub in person. I really like the colors and light, the shadow back in the trees. Really lovely.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you so much! I really enjoyed working on this one, and I’m still trying to do some things to “solve” the foliage issue. It’s been quite a ride. I love looking at foliage and always feel thwarted when trying to capture it in watercolor.


  2. pamcates Says:

    Never mind, I found it. Sorry


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