Posts Tagged ‘Cahill United Methodist Church’

Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

April 23, 2011

” . . . and all the air a solemn stillness holds.”  The Thomas Gray poem took hold of me this afternoon.  I chose to drive to the Cahill Methodist Church today and make some new attempts at sketching the small cemetery behind the church, with watercolor and pencil.  I have painted this cemetery once before, and the church twice before (the church is on my website, titled “First Night in Waterford.”).  www.recollections54.com

The temperatures were somewhat mild, in the mid-80’s and the winds were tolerable today.  I could not believe how quiet and isolated I was as I stood in this churchyard and created two paintings in the afternoon.  The Cahill Church is located 2.7 miles east of I-35W on F.M. 917 (south of Burleson, Texas).  My wife rides her horse on a local ranch in Burleson, and today I found it convenient to make the extra 10-minute drive to this quiet little place.

Something tells me I will want to return to this place.  This afternoon seemed to offer the perfect space for watercolor exploration.

Thanks for reading.

Can we salvage a coffee-damaged work? February 17, 2010

February 17, 2010

Cahill Methodist Coffee Church

I have painted this Cahill United Methodist Church several times.  It is located south of Fort Worth, Texas, east of Interstate 35W, near the town of Joshua, Texas.  The back section of the church has been published on the cover of a fiction novel (more information on my website of this painting and book–www.recollections54.com).

While working on the initial stages of this painting, in the studio behind the Upstairs Gallery in Arlington, Texas, I knocked over my cup of coffee and splattered it all over the right side of this composition.  You can clearly see the coffee stains on the right side of the church and grounds, as well as the streams of coffee  shooting up through the sky.  The only reason I didn’t just throw it away was because of the single tree I had rendered to the left.  I thought this was the closest I ever got to Andrew Wyeth-type “perfection” in rendering tree bark and the stark figure of a tree in winter.  I just hated to toss the painting.

This afternoon, with the sun lovely and the temperatures moderate, I went to Lyndon Acres to watch my wife ride her horse, and I began chipping away at this church, rendering the details of the facade and trying to give it some overall shape.  I’m still not sure what to do about all the coffee stains, but meanwhile I’m enjoying the watercolor experience, and learning as I apply some new techniques and color theories.

Thanks for reading . . .  it’s been a fabulous day for painting outdoors.