Posts Tagged ‘courthouse’

90 Minute “Quick Draw” en Plein Air, Waxahachie, Texas

May 28, 2011

90-Minute Watercolor Sketch of the Ellis County Courthouse

The winds were fierce this morning, but the Quick Draw was fun.  The event lasted 90 minutes (8:30-10:00) and I was pleased that this painting brought a fair price at auction.  The winds and the 100-degree heat got to me after lunch, so I chose to make the 40-minute drive back home, and return in the late afternoon to attempt a second painting.  I’ll post that one next.

Thanks for reading.

Plein Air Painting in Gale Winds, April 6, 2010

April 6, 2010

Waxahachie courthouse

My friend Chris Toplyn recently moved to Texas from Boston, Massachusetts.  We had the opportunity this afternoon to go out and do some plein air painting.  The high winds made the effort exceedingly difficult, but we did manage to get some things down on paper (his MUCH better than mine!).  The school schedule once again is brutal at this time of year.  This is the first time I’ve picked up the brush since my last post (eons ago).  If all goes according to plan, I’ll get out again to paint for a short span on Thursday.  Tomorrow’s out of the question–school, plus my opportunity to attend an Andy Warhol museum lecture, and finally an appointment with H & R Block (glad that is nearly over for another year).

I hope I’ll have something better to show after Thursday evening.  Thanks for reading.

Four Days in the Studio, January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010

Hill County Courthouse, ala Van Gogh

This is a project I started Friday after school, then worked on through the weekend, and finally finished Monday after school.  La Quinta is building a new hotel in Hillsboro, Texas, and has requested that local artists submit paintings of local themes.  I was approached about creating three paintings of the Hill County Courthouse in a style reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh.  This was my best shot at it.  Watercolor is where I tend to do 95% of my work, but occasionally an acrylic on canvas assignment comes along.  It’s been awhile since I worked on a 22 x 28″ surface.  I enjoyed the freedom of movement, and the dynamics of stretched canvas provided a welcome change from the paper surface where I usually work.  This is my first attempt at something approaching a triptych.  If accepted, these paintings will be hung on a red-orange wall.  At any rate, I’m glad now to be getting back to watercolor.  It’s been nearly a week, and I’ve missed it.