Posts Tagged ‘Historic homes’

First Waxahachie Plein Air attempt, May 28, 2010

May 28, 2010

Waxahachie 401 E Marvin

The first day of the Paint Historic Waxahachie plein air event is in the books.  Eight days to go!  The sun was bright, and though I got rained on for five minutes, the exercise was rewarding.  This is a 9 x 12″ sketch that I worked on for two hours.  I felt quite rusty, and had a great deal of trouble drawing and redrawing the architecture (I failed to bring along a straightedge!).  But, once I got to the painting portion, I settled into it and didn’t realize how much time had passed.  I had to close up my outdoor shop early, because I had an art reception to attend that was 30 minutes north on the freeway.  Glad I went–I took second place in the watercolor division.  I’ll post that one separately.

I am bone-tired.  Rose at 5:00 and went with my wife to doctor her sick horse.  Then to high school for a day.  Then to Waxahachie to paint.  Then to Hillsboro to the art reception.  Now I’m going to finish these blogs, and get ready for bed.  It’s already nearing 8:30 and I have to rise early for tomorrow’s official opening of the plein festival with a 90-minute “Quick Draw” competition.

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Victorian House Waxahachie, May 8, 2010

May 9, 2010

Waxahachie Victorian

After spending the morning of Saturday, September 8 north of Hillsboro, Texas painting a 1950 Chevy Sedan Delivery, my buddy Chris and I drove over Highway 77 to Waxahachie to paint in the early afternoon light.  I took a shot at this Victorian home a few weeks ago, but never finished it (probably posted on the blog).  On this day, rather than be overwhelmed at the complexity of all those architecutral angles, I chose to concentrate on the vertical, hoping to get all the way to the flower bushes in front.  After 90 minutes, fatigue finally caught up with me (I had already invested 2 1/2 hours on the other painting and then a 30 minute drive over to Waxahachie, not to mention that the first painting was a one-hour drive from my home).  I chose not to dive into the center of the house (with all the complexities of porch, shadows, door and window details, etc.), and tried to splash some color at the bottom and suggest all the beautiful things growing in the front yard.  I like the way this one is going, and my get back to completing it.  Today however, I have this huge, 24 x 18 poured painting of the ’50 Chevy in progress, and I would like to push that a little further down the road.

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McKinney, Texas plein air activity, Saturday, May 1

May 4, 2010

601 College Street, McKinney, Texas

The blog post following this one tells the whole story of my plein air activity in McKinney, Texas on May 1.  It was organized by the Southwestern Watercolor Society.  This watercolor sketch is the second of four that I created on that day.  I had finished the first painting by 10:15, and began this one around 10:30, finishing it just before noon.  The weather was absolutely gorgeous and the historic homes and properties were full of color.  I especially delighted in the juxtaposition of the rock and brick facade colors of this historic home against the deep, deep green shadows forming on the property just to the right.  The Garrett Art Gallery at 111 E. Virginia (on the town square) provided a space for us to hang our work to be judged.  I was delighted (and quite surprised) to be awarded First Place.  There were scores of magnificent works cranked out that day by twenty-two watercolorists.

The Garrett Art Gallery will be hanging this painting, framed, along with other framed works created that day by the other artists in a special exhibition to be held July 10 through August 12.  My three other watercolor sketches will be matted,  shrink-wrapped, and placed in bins in the gallery as well.  All work will be up for sale.

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Some Plein Air Activity in McKinney, Texas May 1, 2010

May 4, 2010

Residence, 508 Tucker St., McKinney, Texas

May 1 proved to be a beautiful day for getting out and engaging in plein air watercolor activity.  The Southwestern Watercolor Society set aside the day for just that.  I rose at 6:00 that morning, and made the 90-minute drive to the historic town, and immediately found College and Tucker streets lined with historic homes bathed in the morning light.  This one, actually, I began after lunch, so it was bathed in afternoon light!  The owner found me on College Street painting another home (one I will post in a separate article), and told me of this house, built in 1894.  Tom, an optometrist living in Colleyville, still owns this house where he grew up.  His parents acquired it (I believe) around 1947.  A student of architecture once told him that it is a Victorian style, visited by Colonial Revival and forecasting Arts and Crafts.  Quite an eclectic mix.

I found this composition very enjoyable in the making, until the sun came out and bore down on me (I don’t “do sun” very well).  So, I took several digital photographs of the house in the event that I take another run at it.  As for this sketch, I took it to cooler environs (shadow side of the McKinney courthouse) that afternoon, and modified it by adding an arrangement of violets and greens to the shadows.  The actual house is gray with maroon corbels, and very attractive.  However, my watercolor sketch turned out very drab gray, with corbels that didn’t quite match the burgundy that I admired.  Adding the cool colors to the shadows improved it somewhat.  I think I might have some further plans for this, in some additional sketches.  We’ll see.

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