Posts Tagged ‘Athens Texas’

Limits Yield Intensity

November 23, 2014
Sunday Morning Plein Air Watercolor Sketch

Sunday Morning Plein Air Watercolor Sketch

Limits yield intensity.  Beethoven said, speaking of Handel, that the measure of music is “producing great results with scant means.”

Ian Roberts, Creative Authenticity

My weekend was fuller than usual, spent largely in east Texas at a Christmas event, and then with friends I’ve appreciated for many years.  During my escape from the city, I managed to toss out a couple of watercolor sketches, and felt very alive doing so.  This morning, I awoke to a world in Athens, Texas that was just exploding in autumn colors after more than 24 hours of rainfall.  I took a number of photos, but wasn’t satisfied until I worked on the small watercolor posted at the top of this entry.

Rapturous Colors in Athens, Texas

Rapturous Colors in Athens, Texas

Following breakfast, we went out on the back deck, looked across the property at these gorgeous colors, and drew out watercolor supplies to see if we could capture some of this essence.  My attempt was quick and small (about 5 x 7″) but my heart swelled with delight as I gazed at the natural beauty and reached for colors in an attempt to respond to what I saw and felt.  Despite many promises that I made to myself, this was in fact my first attempt this fall to attempt a plein air watercolor sketch of the changing of the seasons.  I saw it coming for weeks, but just never turned from my daily schedule to pursue this project.  Today felt good as I finally settled into it.  A part of me wishes for more time to pursue these interests, but seriously, most people lack this quality time, yet know how to appreciate it when the scant moments offer themselves up for creative exploits.  I’m happy to have received this gift this morning.

I think I’ll put this small watercolor into a 5 x 7″ window mat and place it inside an 8 x 10″ frame.  I believe that $50 will be a fair asking price for the piece.

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A Second Attempt at Monet-Style Water Lilies

May 8, 2012

Return to Monet’s Water Lilies

Returning to work on Monday was difficult, following a three-day weekend packed with activity.  I indulged in plein air watercolor, fly fishing for bass, and picking guitars and singing with good friends.  Now, it is back to work, and grades are due. (Ugh).

I am posting my work-in-progress of a lily pad-infested pond in Athens, Texas, two hours east of where I reside.  A dear retired teacher friend of mine from long ago invited me out last weekend to take a stab at painting this scene.  I was invited back this weekend for an extended stay that included great conversation, music, fly fishing, fabulous food and the best wine.  My heart is still filled with gladness at every memory.

On this trip, I arrived early enough in the morning to see the water lilies in full bloom.  The white blossoms totally transformed the environment as I surveyed the wondrous scene.  I also enjoyed adding the new colors to my palette–Antique Green, Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Red, Winsor Blue and Transparent Yellow.  A new dynamic is beginning to emerge in my color schemes, and I cannot wait to “road test” this new palette when I begin the Paint Historic Waxahachie event, only weeks away now.  Before long, I could have a considerable body of plein air watercolor sketches to peruse, review and critique.  I want to go in a new direction this summer, and have a couple of ideas cooking already, but I am still undecided.

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