Posts Tagged ‘Highway 287’

Looking Forward to Fall Colors and Plein Air Watercoloring

September 18, 2011

Looking Forward to Fall Colors and Plein Air Watercoloring

The cool, autumnal temperatures that lightly kissed the four-day Grapefest have left me yearning for the changing colors that announce the plein air season for passionate watercolorists.  Though the art festival season will be extremely heavy from September through October, I am of a mind to commit my weekday afternoons to plein air watercolor sketching.

This is an open meadow across Business Highway 287 on the north side of Waxahachie, Texas.  I had stopped by Zula’s Coffee House late one autumn afternoon in 2010, and enjoyed my coffee outdoors at a picnic table while watching the sunlight sweep across the field across the highway.  I took out my watercolors and made quick work of this vista.  Now I’m ready to chase autumn colors with the brush again.  They cannot come soon enough.

Thanks always for reading.


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.