Posts Tagged ‘McKinney Texas’

An Afterthought? Only 45 minutes left till deadline, May 1, 2010

May 4, 2010

McKinney, Texas town square

The Southwestern Watercolor Society was scheduled to meet at the Garret Art Gallery on the town square at 4:30.  I had only 45 minutes remaining, so I thought I would take a shot at a piece of the square.  I deliberately avoided the water tower looming in the distance, but as I was finishing up and time was expiring, I realized there just wasn’t much on the paper.  So I inserted the water tower, and think it’s about the only decent part of the composition!

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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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