Posts Tagged ‘Texas Theater’

Coming Off an All-Day Plein Air Marathon

May 30, 2013
The Lone Sentry

The Lone Sentry

If I weren’t so exhausted and sleepy, I would crank out three blog posts with illustrative quotes from my reading.  But my eyes are barely open.  So I’m going to post all three of today’s paintings on this one post.  I arose at 5:30  this morning, went to school to lay out the assignments from my substitute teacher, and then drove forty minutes south to Waxahachie.  No sooner than I began on this Ellis County courthouse, it began to rain on me.  I packed up my gear and moved beneath an awning.  When the rain subsided, the gale winds took over, and I had to keep one hand on this easel the entire time, as it was trying to blow away, conterting my watercolor into a kite.  Once I finished it, I noticed with delight that Zulas Coffee House had relocated in the Texas Theater on the Waxahachie square.  After going intside and enjoying an iced latte, I moved across the street, this time inside an alcove of the courthouse, as the rains began again.

Two, Please

Two, Please

This painting seemed to take forever, as the details seemed never-ending.  And I certainly felt the fatigue beginning to set in.  I had intended to do a third painting before the 6:00 “Quick Draw” competition, but registration began at 5:30, and as the time was already 4:00, I was certain that I could not comfortably finish a third painting and get to the competition on time.  So I chilled awhile, did a little reading, took a walk, then headed for College Street to begin the Quick Draw.  In this competition, we are given ninety minutes to complete a painting, then put it on auction.  I did manage to complete my watercolor sketch of the College Street Pub, but virtually no one showed up for the auction (I believe only one artist sold her painting), so we packed our gear, enjoyed a late dinner together (about twenty of us in the Pub gardens), and then I headed for the house.  Here is the Quick Draw piece I completed:

The Quiet of the Night

The Quiet of the Night

Thanks for reading.  I need to get some quality sleep, as tomorrow I have school, followed by another round in Waxahachie.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel that I am alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.