Posts Tagged ‘Galveston’

A Quick Start on Some Galveston Palm Trees en Plein Air

November 14, 2011

Galveston Palm Tree outside Moody Gardens

I took a break between classes during the Texas Art Educators Association annual conference in Galveston.  Moody Gardens was surrounded in beauty with all the palm trees.  I found a shaded patio area and went to work on these palm trees before me, using my Winsor & Newton field box of watercolor cakes.  I found the palm-size watercolor kit very convenient for this 30-minute experiment.  The masking has successfully left me some areas to work on the highlighted stalks and palm fronds.  Hopefully I can get back to this study later in the week, once I catch up on all the school work neglected while I was in Galveston last week.  I do like the freshness of this sketch, and think I’ll review the canons of Xie He (early 6th century).  His first canon is resonating with me as I look at this: “Engender a sense of movement through spirit consonance.”  I think that is a timely word for a watercolorist as “anal” as I have been throughout my career.  It’s time to let the uptightness melt away.

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Beginning a Victorian House in Prismacolor Watercolor Pencil

November 14, 2011

Waxahachie Victorian Home begun in Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

After completing my first demonstration in the Prismacolor vendor booth at the conference in Galveston, I had about 20 minutes to begin another demonstration before the booths closed for the afternoon.  Here is a quick effort at a Victorian home in Waxahachie that I have admired for several years but had not gotten around to painting.  I drafted it quickly in pencil, and just had time to pencil down the basic wash under-paintings, and scribble out some foliage.  I really look forward to getting back to this one.  I like the freshness of the start, and think it will only improve as I re-work it in pencil and use a damp brush to spread some of the colors.  There are some good shadows on the reference photo I took of the subject.

The week promises to be busy at school, but I’ll try to find an afternoon or evening to force my way back into this composition.

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Recapping my Watercolor Adventures in Galveston, Texas

November 14, 2011

Tree Rendering in Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils

I decided to take a break from grading papers so I could re-live some of the past four days spent in Galveston, Texas.  It was my privilege to demonstrate Prismacolor watercolor pencils in the vendor booth for Prismacolor, thanks to Shelley Minnis, a representative from that company.  I have posted the first sketch I did while visiting with art teachers from around the state.

This is the first time I pushed heavily on the Prismacolor products.  My own watercolor style is a considerably lighter touch, but I wanted to see how the D’Arches paper handled a heavy application of these pencils and a good amount of wash.  I’m not delighted with the outcome, but still want to continue experimenting with this media.  This is one of the few sketches I have done exclusively with the watercolor pencils, with no help from tubes or cakes at all.  I have not found a way to dissolve the pigments completely in water to create sky washes.  I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong, but I will figure it out.  At any rate, I enjoyed the experiment and would not have traded this experience for anything.

Thanks, Shelley!  It was a real honor working beside you.

And thanks, all of you, for reading.  More to come .  .  .

The Return from Galveston

November 13, 2011

I have the privilege of sitting in the back of a Suburban full of art educators for the seven-hour return to Arington, Texas. Not having to drive (to me) is a luxury.

The Texas Art Educators Association annual conference was held at Moody Gardens in Galveston. I enjoyed the beach daily, the palm trees, and the numerous “plein air” watercolor opportunities. After I get home, I’ll gladly post my experiments on the blog. None of the watercolor sketches turned out a successful “frameable” piece of art, but what I learned in the attempts was immeasurable.

I do not wish to diminish the value of the workshops I attended; I found them indispensable for all the freshness and inspiration they offered up to an exhausted public school teacher. But the real highlight of my four-day conference was the invitation to spend Friday in the Prismacolor vendor booth, demonstrating their new watercolor pencils. I would not have traded that time exchanging ideas with, and answering questions from other art teachers, for anything. My heartfelt thanks goes out to representative Shelley Minnis for that privileged invitation. Very soon, I will post pictures of the paintings I did that day.

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A Day in the Prismacolor Booth, Texas Art Educators Association, Galveston, Texas

November 11, 2011

David Tripp and Shelley Minnis in the Prismacolor Booth

Today was a fabulous day at the Texas Art Educators Association annual convention.  I was invited to demonstrate in the Prismacolor booth, using the Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils.  Pictured with me is Shelley Minnis, the representative of this company who invited me to do the demonstration.  I found her an exceedingly gracious host as I spent the day there, working on watercolors and answering questions from the patrons who happened by and had questions about the product.

Tomorrow will be the last full day of the convention.  The art teachers from my group have been promised some time on the beach.  I have packed my watercolor supplies and hope to give it a good effort tomorrow en plein air.   I’ve never had an opportunity to paint the ocean in watercolor.

Thanks for reading.  More tomorrow . . .