Posts Tagged ‘Decatur Texas’

Nearly finished with Decatur, Texas, February 24, 2010

February 24, 2010

Cafe in Decatur, Texas

I’m closing in on the end of this one.  I almost threw it away last summer, it started so badly.  I began the composition in plein air. Rainstorms throughout the morning, followed by hot sun at noon meant that soon my hand was sweating all over the watercolor paper.  So I took some pictures, went home, looked at the painting, hated it, and laid it aside for a few months.  I think it’s finally showing some possibility as I continue to tinker with it.

This painting could have been finished today, but I laid it aside to start a new one at a railroad facility.  I found an old, old structure where hoppers used to pull through and fill up from storage tanks overhead.  I have the sky finished, and the structure sketched in.  I cannot make up my mind whether or not to park a hopper inside the station.  Hopefully I’ll have enough of it in progress to post tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

Sorry about the disappearance, readers! February 16, 2010

February 16, 2010

Decatur, Texas panorama

I never intended to break my New Year Resolution of an art blog-a-day.  However, I never intended to go without electricity for 3 days.  A Texas snowstorm of 9.5 inches knocked out the electricity and I had to move into a hotel.  No Internet (except for BlackBerry), no studio for painting, and hence, no blogging.  But I’m back now.

It has been a sublime evening, returning to my  studio after my first day back in school.  Though I have had to balance painting time with A.P. Art History preparation (Southeast Asia before 1200), I did manage to get several hours of uninterrupted watercolor work done.  I’ve been working to resurrect a painting-gone-bad, that I started in mid-summer 2009.  This began as a plein air experience in Decatur, Texas.  I aborted after about an hour of drawing and watercolor sketching, because a rainstorm had drenched the area that morning, and a strong sun drove the humidity index up to the point that my hand was sweating all over the composition.  I didn’t much like what I saw when I got it back home, so I set it aside, and made a few furtive stabs at it with the brush in the ensuing months.

Tonight I have added a second sign, darkened the side of the cafe, and have begun to render awnings, doorways and storefront windows in greater detail.  I still have three gas pumps to paint in red, and plenty of foliage to finish, as well as the petrified wood exterior of the defunct Texaco station.  Plenty of work remains, but I do like (for the first time) the way this is shaping up.

I have been playing two Andy Warhol DVDs I purchased at the Fort Worth Modern Art Museum last weekend (during my dry spell without electricity).  There is a wonderful show of Warhol’s final decade there, and I didn’t want to leave it.  I always enjoy playing Warhol documentaries while I work in the studio (the Factory!).  I now have four of them, and they usually run non-stop while I’m in the creativity zone.  I am inspired to produce when I hear of his workaholic lifestyle in the Factory.  I feel a kinship with him, and am sad that we lost him while he was just getting back to the brush.

Thanks for reading, and I apologize for the gap in the blog.  Hopefully there won’t be any more interruptions in 2010.

Working through the Sickness, February 6, 2010

February 6, 2010

Whistlestop Cafe, Decatur Texas

During my convalescence from this upper respiratory infection, I’m finally feeling well enough to pick up the brush.  This posting is of a panoramic watercolor I began en plein aire last August when the weather was extremely hot.  A rainstorm had flushed away the morning, so the humidity factor was in full force when I sat beside the highway and began this work.  It began very badly.   So I packed it in, brought it home, and let it lay dormant till now.  It’s hard for me to throw away a losing watercolor effort.  Many paintings I have managed to salvage, only by letting them compost for months or even years.  At any rate, this one is already showing a remarkable improvement from its origins, so I think I’ll give it another push tomorrow.  Many times, even when the painting isn’t gallery worthy, I can still sell it at an art festival.  So, we’ll see.

This Whistlestop Cafe is in old historic Decatur, Texas, on Business Hwy 287.  The cafe has a rock exterior and the Texaco station is petrified wood.