Posts Tagged ‘Victorian House’

Large Framed Watercolors for the One-Man Show

May 15, 2011

Weatherford Victorian in the frame

Here is my second large full-size watercolor that I picked up framed today.  The Weiler House Gallery did the magnificent framing, and will host my One-Man Show in September.  For additional work at the Weiler House, please see

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Weatherford Victorian Salute

April 24, 2011

Weatherford Victorian Salute (cropped)

Weatherford Victorian Salute (full painting)

It’s nice to sit in a Starbuck’s and relax with coffee as the Easter weekend draws to a close.  I feel the exhaustion of having painted the past three days in a row.  Yesterday was a plein air assault as I dashed to a secluded cemetery and pushed out a pair of watercolor sketches.  The rest of the weekend was spent in my garage/studio, staring at this enormous (by my standards–22 x 28″) watercolor that I began several weeks ago and abruptly abandoned, not knowing how to handle the lawn.  As stated in a prior blog, I photographed this Victorian home in January or February, while en route to the Brazos River in Possum Kingdom to fly fish for rainbow trout.  The winter sun captured my fancy as I saw it playing off this stately hilltop mansion in Weatherford, just west of the courthouse.  It so captivated me that I turned my Jeep around, and navigated the divided highway back around the estate’s property, found a storage facility where I could park my Jeep, and walked back to the property to photograph it with my digital camera.  I really liked the long sprawling hill filling the foreground, thinking of how Edward Hopper created his gorgeous watercolors of these settings in New England.

The house itself did not really create a problem for me–I just was not sure how to render all that winter grass, freshly mowed, but not yet emerald green, and not completely filled in either.  On Friday I pulled the painting back out, and as I listened to Muddy Waters on the turntable, I began chipping away at the lawn, and resumed work on the house which was only about 2/3 completed.  Any time the grass got too wet to paint, I just returned to work on the house, and when the house became sloppy and wet, I returned to the yard.  I have to admit, I got lost in the house, and totally enjoyed the immersion!  So many angles and details on a Victorian home, and all of them so attractive!

The funny thing is, I thought I would be working on this for at least another week, when suddenly, I stepped back from my work, took one more look, and decided to sign it and quit.  I think I did the right thing.  I have lost so many watercolors by overworking them until they collapsed.  I did not want to lose this one.

To ensure that I would not “diddle” further with the painting, I packed it in the portfolio and delivered it to the Weiler House Fine Art Gallery, which fortunately for me was open today.    (  The painting is now being framed and will stay at the Weiler.  I’m pleased that another piece of work has been added to my one-man-show to open in September.

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Plein Air Painting at the Art Festival

April 9, 2011

Granbury, Texas Victorian Home

Day Two of the Kennedale, Texas Art in the Park is in the books.  The day was successful on every level.  I completed two watercolor sketches of Victorian homes, using early plein air studies I had made.  The other painting I forgot to take out of my portfolio (it’s tucked inside my booth overnight).  The wind gusts exceeded 40 mph, making my booth act like a kite.  Fortunately everything is nailed, stapled, tied, wired or taped in place.  Nothing went anywhere.  Nothing flew.  Nothing broke.  Still the winds were a nuisance.  The conversations throughout the day were priceless.  Never before have I had so many friends, associates and patrons from former festivals come through my booth today.  Indeed, the chats made the twelve-hour day pass quite quickly.  Sales were excellent too (sold three original watercolors, in addition the reproductions, greeting cards, etc.)  And hopefully I’ve formed many new friendships.  Most of these people I would love to see again, and hope that that indeed will happen.

Oh yeah, the painting!  I did this one exclusively from a palm-sized Winsor & Newton watercolor field box.  I have grow to love this little piece of equipment, and keep re-ordering the cakes that get used up.  My palette thereby is extremely restricted, but I love the color schemes that come out of that restriction.  With all the interruptions that occurred throughout the day, I think it’s fair to say that I have about 45 minutes worth of painting put into this one, and I’m nearly ready to sign off on it.  I like the freshness of these quick sketches, and certainly like leaving some of the subject blank.

Another late night.  Another day of the show tomorrow.  To bed.

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A Sweltering Afternoon en Plein Air, May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010

Waxhachie 412 W Marvin

After a 90-minute Quick Draw competition, followed by by a 30-minute cataloguing session, followed by a 90-minute auction, followed by a one-hour lunch, chat, and paperwork on recent paintings at the Ellis County Art Association, Chris Toplyn and I drove over to West Marvin Avenue and took a good look at this gorgeous historic Victorian home. We decided to give it a shot.  I had no idea what I was climbing into!  I drew for 45 minutes (doing more erasing than drawing!).  Then I began laying down the washes, finally the dry brush detailing.  The humidity and 97-degree afternoon was sweltering in the shade!

However, the fabulous residents of this home came out and treated Chris and me as though we were royal guests, with cold drinks, fabulous conversation and very encouraging affirmations.  Our heart-felt thanks goes out to Rudy Mikula and his wife Jackie Montejano.  They really made us welcome.

After three hours, I decided that I had gone about as far as I could with this one.  With cooler temperatures, a more comfortable stool (and minus all that flurry of morning activity!) perhaps I could have given this a couple more hours of scrutiny.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on it.  But alas, the fatigue factor.  I rose at 7:00 this morning, and now sit here at 7:41 this evening, totally whipped.  I can hardly see to type this.

Thanks for reading.  I can’t wait for tomorrow!  I’ll post faithfully every day as I continue this Historic Waxahachie Paint Out.

2nd plein air attempt in Granbury, Texas, May 15, 2010

May 16, 2010

2nd Victorian house painting from Granbury, Texas (Pearl Street)

My second attempt at this Victorian house on Pearl Street in Granbury, Texas met with better success.  The sun had finally broken free of the clouds, and I was feeling much more relaxed and content.  The cupola was incredibly bright with the sun reflecting off it, and I was trying to capture that sparkle as best I could.  I’m thinking seriously of finishing this one.  I took several digital images of it while I worked.

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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