Posts Tagged ‘Granbury’

A Summer Victorian Experience in Granbury, Texas

June 29, 2011

Granbury, Texas Victorian Home on a Summer Morning

As a vacationing Texas school teacher, I refuse to give in to the hot summer doldrums.  Yes, today was another triple-digit day, with plenty more in sight.  Nevertheless, I set set my sights on yet another plein air excursion that would take me 226 miles down hot Texas roads, and would burn up the entire day.  But by day’s end I consider the excursion worth it, though I’m bone tired as I post this.

I hadn’t visited Granbury in a little over a year, never forgetting what a good experience it was, watercoloring in that Victorian town.  Though this Victorian was built only eleven years ago, it has that delightful “look” that holds my gaze and makes me want to paint.  Fortunately there was a huge tree throwing its shadow across the cross street, and I found the morning temperatures (in the shade) to be quite pleasant for the painting experience.  Granbury is a friendly town, and the neighbor to this residence walked down the street to greet me and to visit for awhile.  He gave me excellent background to the architecture surrounding me, and I hope to get back before long to paint the rest of the neighborhood with its beautiful architecture, fencing and landscaping.

After about 90 minutes, I decided that this one was finished enough and that it was time to find some lunch and move on to the next painting.  That would turn out to be in Hico, Texas.  That painting I’ll reserve for the next post.

Thanks for reading.

Granbury Plein Air, May 15, 2010

May 16, 2010

Town House on Bridge Street, Granbury, Texas

The weather was largely uncooperative during the Outdoor Painters Society plein air activity in Granbury, Texas.  Heavy storms filled the first day, so I didn’t paint at all.  Fortunately I had reserved a hotel room, and managed to get in plenty of quality reading and journaling.  I also had the fortune of spending a large portion of that morning in the studio of local artist Robert Cook.  He generously gave his time demonstrating for me some fabulous techniques of rendering trees with some modified brushes.  Afterward, he drove me around the town, showing me quality sites for plein air experimentation.  By the time Saturday rolled around I was ready.

But alas, the entire Saturday morning was dark gray and overcast.  No light or shadows to be found.  So, I set up outside this beautiful Victorian home on Bridge Street and worked hard at drawing it, then faked it, concerning sunlight and shadows.  The results weren’t convincing, but nevertheless I was able to put in some quality time studying and drawing Victorian architecture.  I never cease to be amazed at all the angles and intricate details in these lovely homes.