Posts Tagged ‘Hillsboro’

Finishing watercolors while at the festival, April 17, 2010

April 17, 2010

Hillsboro Katy Railroad Depot

Today was a rain-soaked Saturday at the Art in the Park in Kennedale, Texas.  I spent the entire day inside my booth, avoiding the wet, and finishing up watercolors in progress.  This is the M-K-T railroad depot in Hillsboro, Texas (I think it is being used for the Chamber of Commerce now).  I began it 30 minutes before the sun set, and was fascinated with the glowing yellows and warm greens in that waning light.

Last Day of the Festival, March 14, 2010

March 15, 2010

M-K-T restored depot at Hillsboro, Texas

The 4-day festival was fabulous.  Sold plenty of work and made plenty of new work–5 paintings, in fact.  The 10:00-6:00 hours daily provided plenty of time in the booth to do watercolor sketches.  I sketched this Katy Depot in Hillsboro last week as the sun was sinking.  I wasn’t too fond of the sketch.  This is my second attempt, using the digital photo I took while painting it the first time.  It’s a little better, I think.  I’m still fumbling with the textures of the tree bark, and looking to connect the leaves to the actual tree.  Also need to finish the main door, and render the wooden siding of the sunlit side of the depot.  I’ll soon post the other works I finished at the show.  It’s great to be painting again.

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Fading Sunlight in Hillsboro, Texas, March 13, 2010

March 13, 2010

Abandoned Panel Truck in the Sunset Moments in Hillsboro, Texas

Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days.  I’m about to enter the last day of a 4-day art festival in Hillsboro, Texas.  I’ve come home late every night, and needed to prepare more art work to sell from my booth.  Last night I didn’t come home at all, but stayed in a hotel across the highway.  My wife joined me, and it was nice to spend the first night of Spring Break out of town.

I’m posting a quick watercolor sketch I began last evening after the show closed.  I drove north in I-35 from Hillsboro, Texas, then exited on Highway 77 north to find a row of abandoned cars on some farm property.  Sherri Hemrick, a Hillsboro photographer (also in the art show) had tipped me off about these vehicles and had some fabulous photos of them that she was selling out of her booth.  I only had about twenty minutes of daylight left, as the sun was sinking fast, and flooding the background hills with color, as well as the panel truck I singled out for the sketch.  I barely got the essentials laid down before I had to quit as the sky darkened.  Fortunately I had taken a digital photo before I started.

This morning, I returned to the show, and sat in my booth, staring at the viewfinder of my digital camera and continuing with this sketch.  The show was overrun with patrons today, and sales were brisk.  But I did manage to finish the sketch to my satisfaction.  Granted it has plenty of flaws, but I have to remind myself that I made fast work of it–and I’m not used to doing fast work in watercolor.  I still need to trust the “loosening up” factor as offering real advantages, such as spontaneity and freshness.

Thank you, Carolyn Brannen, for coming to the show!  What a pleasure to see you again after all these years!  And thanks for your kind remarks about my blog–I appreciate your reading it.

Quick sketch of the M-K-T depot in Hillsboro, March 8, 2010

March 8, 2010

M-K-T railroad depot restored in Hillsboro, Texas

Another one of those cussedly jammed-up days.  I began with 3 different classes in 3 different classrooms at my high school in Arlington.  Then off to college in Fort Worth to give a Logic exam.  Then back to Arlington in time to attend an Open House.  Blah!  In between all those appointments I matted watercolors and processed watercolor greeting cards for this upcoming festival (I leave in less than 48 hours).  And I did a little tweaking on a plein air watercolor I began last time I was in Hillsboro to pick up my art work from Burson Gallery.  This is a restored M-K-T (Katy) railroad depot on the west side of the town square in Hillsboro, Texas.  I spotted it as I was helping a couple of friends haul a sofa into a storage facility nearby.  The fading sunlight of the late afternoon on the corner of the depot caught my attention, and I had to sketch it quickly.  The initial sketch didn’t turn out too well.  But a few days later, I fiddled with it in the studio and now it’s starting to look a little better.  I’m afraid I’ve done about all I can do with this one, but plan to start another composition of the depot as soon as I can find some time (today certainly wasn’t one of those days).  Now it’s nearing 11:00, and 5:00 is going to come way too quickly for me, I’m afraid.

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Four Days in the Studio, January 12, 2010

January 12, 2010

Hill County Courthouse, ala Van Gogh

This is a project I started Friday after school, then worked on through the weekend, and finally finished Monday after school.  La Quinta is building a new hotel in Hillsboro, Texas, and has requested that local artists submit paintings of local themes.  I was approached about creating three paintings of the Hill County Courthouse in a style reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh.  This was my best shot at it.  Watercolor is where I tend to do 95% of my work, but occasionally an acrylic on canvas assignment comes along.  It’s been awhile since I worked on a 22 x 28″ surface.  I enjoyed the freedom of movement, and the dynamics of stretched canvas provided a welcome change from the paper surface where I usually work.  This is my first attempt at something approaching a triptych.  If accepted, these paintings will be hung on a red-orange wall.  At any rate, I’m glad now to be getting back to watercolor.  It’s been nearly a week, and I’ve missed it.