Posts Tagged ‘Getzendaner Park’

My First Hamburger Stand Painting

June 1, 2013
Oma's Jiffy Burger, Waxahachie, Texas

Oma’s Jiffy Burger, Waxahachie, Texas

What do you think an artist is?  An imbecile who has only eyes if he is a painter, ears if he is a musician, a lyre in every chamber of his heart if he is a poet, or even, if he is a boxer, only a few muscles?  Quite the contrary, he is at the same time a political being constantly alert to the horrifying, passionate, or pleasing events in the world, shaping himself completely in their image.

Pablo Picasso

In the early 1990’s, when I determined that I wanted to master watercolor, I knew then that I wanted to paint scenes and objects that resonate with my past.  I named my company Recollections 54, because it is my birth year, and because I am fascinated with the relics of the 1950’s that stay with us.  OK, granted this hamburger stand was established in 1970, it still looks like a “fifties” joint to me.  As Picasso vehemently stated it, an artist is affected by the events in the world, and finds himself/herself shaped in their image.  For the past few years, I have wanted to paint an old hamburger stand or a roadside fruit stand, whichever one presented itself to me first.  I saw this establishment in Waxahachie, but noticed that other painters had already painted it, and I did not want top compete with them with regard to subjects when the judging happened.  So I left this one alone.  But today, I noticed buyers snatching up the hamburger stand paintings, and decided I could go ahead and paint it now, no longer trying to elbow another artist out of the way.

The sun got hot this afternoon, and the past rains turned the atmosphere to a sticky level of humidity that I could have done without.  Nevertheless I did not rush this painting (it is only 8 x 10″) and am glad I saw it through.  However, by the time I finished it, I no longer had the desire to push for a second painting in the same day.  So this is today’s contribution.  I have priced it at $150 in the 11 x 14″ mat, and it is now in the Chatauqua Auditorium with my other paintings up for sale.

Painting in progress on my easel

Painting in progress on my easel

When I returned to the Chatauqua Auditorium with my new painting, I was delighted to find another one had found a new home.  The one with the misspelled “antiques” sign has been purchased:

Waxahachie Silence

Waxahachie Silence

It’s been another good day in Waxahachie.  Tomorrow the show closes at 4:00 p.m.  My plan is to go down there and complete at least one more painting before calling it a week.

Thamks for reading, and thanks so much for all your encouragement this week.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

Honorable Mention and Three Sales Tonight

May 31, 2013
Time For a Cold One

Time For a Cold One

What is the modern concept of pure art?  It is the creation of a suggestive magic, containing at the same time the object and the subject, the world outside the artist and the artist himself.

Baudelaire

I am just now coming off a full week of painting scenes and subjects that resonate with my personal feelings, hoping that the paintings might evoke something from the hearts of viewers as well.  After tonight, I am optimistic.  Things appear to be off to an excellent start.

I was fortunate to pull out an Honorable Mention in tonight’s competition.  As always, more than forty artists filled up the auditorium with quality work, and I’m glad I didn’t have to judge it.  There were many, many exceptional pieces under the spotlight tonight.  “Time for a Cold One”, “The Lone Sentry”, and “Overcast Courthouse” now have homes.  The sale opens officially tomorrow morning, and I’m pleased to have already three pieces going out the door prior to the opening, something that never happened to me before.

I will spend the entire Saturday and Sunday in Waxahachie, painting historic homes on the Gingerbread Trail.  Thousands of tourists turn out for this annual event, and some of us plein air painters intend to get out there in the public eye in order to direct some of that traffic back to Getzendaner Park and the Chatauqua Auditorium to see all the work on display and ready to sell.  I hope the weather holds up.  I’m ready to put in a couple more days of painting before this comes to a close.  It’s been a tremendous week, and I’m very grateful for every success, and thankful to all you well-wishers who posted.

Thanks so much for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

Wish Me Luck, This Weekend!

May 31, 2013
Overcast Courthouse

Overcast Courthouse

All art that is worth while is a record of intense life, and each individual artist’s work is a record of his special effort, search and findings . . .

Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

The competition phase of the Paint Historic Waxahachie event has ended.  Judging will take place this afternoon, and the show’s preview and awards assembly will be this evening.  I have seven works entered, and hope I can do well this year.  The event has been good to me in the past.  Sales of all work open tomorrow morning, and will extend until Sunday afternoon, at the Chatauqua Auditorium adjacent to Getzendaner Park on Grand Avenue in Waxahachie.  Coinciding with our art sale will be the historic Gingerbread Homes Tour and an art festival in the park.  I plan to paint some of the historic Gingerbread homes on Saturday and Sunday, all the while hoping my work will be selling out of the Auditorium.  Wish me luck!  I’m glad this week is finally drawing to a close.  I’m exhausted, but very happy that two of my works have already sold, prior to the show’s opening.

On a personal note, I have learned a great deal during this week of painting, laborious as it has been.  Thanks to Robert Henri and Paul Cezanne, I have been focusing on some compositional matters, and feel that I am having some breakthroughs.  I am excited to see where this is going to lead.  Painting is such a joy when I feel that I am actually going somewhere with these efforts instead of repeating myself.  More on that later.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel that I am alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

The Plein Air Watercolor Adventures Continue

May 29, 2013
Time for a Cold One

Time for a Cold One

Art is like beginning a sentence before you know its ending.  The risks are obvious: you may never get to the end of the sentence at all–or having gotten there, you may not have said anything.

David Bayles & Ted Orland, Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

Today was not the best of days to attempt a plein air painting.  I had a school day that just would not seem to end.  The year has seemed far too long for students as well as faculty.  I then had to drive away from Waxahachie to enter seven paintings in a competition in which I like to participate every year (the timing was just not good this time).  I then drove the rest of the distance to Waxahachie, and found a pickup truck again parked right in front of the pub.  So I walked around it, sat in front of the pub, and looked at the planters, carefully drawing their designs and plants, and then went back to the easel and faked it–something I hate doing en plein air.  But the truck never left–it wiped out everything below the awning.  I worked all over on the composition for about an hour, heightening contrasts, warming some areas, cooling others, re-doing some details I thought were poorly and hastily rendered last night.  Finally I decided I could make no further improvement.  I was at the end of the sentence, and not sure if I had actually said anything.

I was robbed of a decent night’s sleep again last night, so I’m really too weary to know whether or not this is much of a painting.  At any rate, I priced it at $150, an 8 x 10″ piece in a white 11 x 14″ mat and sleeved in plastic.  It is also in the Ellis County Art Association Office, awaiting Friday’s judging and the all-day Saturday and Sunday sale at the Chatauqua Auditorium at Gezendaner Park.

I will spend the entire day and evening in historic Waxahachie tomorrow, and earnestly hope I can churn out a decent day’s worth of paintings.  Even if the work isn’t much good, it will have been sublime to have been given that opportunity.  This is indeed a fabulous event: Paint Historic Waxachie, open till Sunday at 5:00.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.