A Waxahachie  Journey

 
 

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Another location was on the painting list but they had a huge truck parked  in the street in front.  No way to paint it with that truck. When I turned around, there were these huge yucca plants engulfing a tiny simple structure.  They are massive things taller than I am.  No need for a fence with these sturdy succulents!  The owners came out and sat on the porch while I painted.  I’m sure they wondered what and why I was painting.  I’ll drop off an invitation to the gallery.  This is one of my favorite paintings that I did this week.

There are roses draped over at least 100 feet of fence in front of this home.  I love fences of the decorative variety.  It gives a house a lot of character.  The blues and greens with red trim on the house make a stunning display. 

Spring green is one of the most elusive colors - really an incredible and quickly passing effect of light.  This painting is about that quality.  I came about as close to getting it as I ever have.  The fence made this painting with its shadows as it made the green more iridescent. I must mention that

this an all time great barn. 

While driving through an old part of town to check on my favorite shot-gun-fading-purple house I discovered a “park” -  Bullard Heights Neighborhood Park.  After trying to paint so many buildings it was mind candy to find this lovely spot.  A little boy on a bicycle told me where was a creek just down the path that he thought I should paint too.   It got up to 89 degrees by the time I finished this one so I’ll just add that bit of information to my list of paintings for another day.

My friend Mary has a lovely farm with horses and chickens that is in Ellis County.  She invited some of artist friends to come out and paint her animals and wild flowers.  I don’t get the opportunity to paint horses very often. If you check out my blog a couple back you will see that I learned something important about the way that horses legs bend at the knees!

One of the nicest things about the Waxahachie paint-out is that you can paint for three weeks prior to the actual event.

It must happen in Ellis county which really gives you a lot of territory to choose from.  Much of it is still farm land.  Gently rolling hills with old barns and this time of year lots of wildflowers.

The past two paint-outs I have painted some of the Antique store fronts.  I love the reflections and stuff in the windows and often what’s outside as an enticement to get people to come in.  This one is one of my favorites right in the middle of everything on the corner of Main and College Street.

I believe it rained 3 inches while I was painting.

I called this painting “Buttercup with Embellishments”. It is a huge behemoth of a house.  The owner came out to see what I was doing.  He is a really young guy with a prosthetic left leg.  I really wanted to ask him how much of the work he had done on this house himself.  From the look of his shed in the back and his pick up, I’ll bet he has done most of it himself.  “it’s a labor of love”  he told me.  I think it was the house across the street that was on the most endangered list.  It looked like something out of the Adams family.

This house may be another case of mistaken identity. I thought is was listed as one of the most endangered locations.  It may well be endangered, but I’m not sure it is on the list of historical importance.  It was originally painted pink and pea green.  I loved the design of it and the color scheme - and what nature had done to it.  Someone who said he was the owners cousin stopped by to chat and chuckled when I told him it was on the Historic Preservation list. 

Thie house may be another case of mistaken identity. I thought is was listed as one of the most endangered locations.  It may well be endangered, but I’m not sure it is on the list of historical importance.  It was originally painted pink and pea green.  I loved the design of it and the color scheme - and what nature had done to it.  Someone who said he was the owners cousin stopped by to chat and chuckled when I told him it was on the Historic Preservation list. 

I can’t’ enter this painting in the exhibition because i painted it from a photo that I took while painting “Junk for Joy”.  I was working in the Art on the Square Gallery and I like to paint something while working there.