Sunday, February 28, 2010

On Location! College & Main

"College & Main" - 9x12 - Watercolor
Finally! A warm (almost) day with sunshine in North Texas.  I made my mind up yesterday, no matter what the weather, I was going to paint plein air.  I'm sure glad the sun stayed out until I finished this one. I decided to set up on College street, just 1/2 block north of the corner of College & Main street, Waxahachie, Texas. The green building is a new boutique; the red store in the middle is Scott's Furniture; on the left of Scott's is the old Citizen's National Bank building.  I started about 12:30pm when the sun was still pretty high but was still hitting the store fronts full-on.  Familiar with the way the sun "tracks" on this section of the downtown square, I knew by the time I finished my preliminary sketch, the shadows would be where I wanted them. Using a #12 round, I washed the 1st layer in pretty fast & loose letting colors mingle wet into wet. I continued to build layer upon layer, careful to "cut" around the white & light areas with stronger color mixtures, defining windows and building characteristics. I finished up about 3pm as the sun was beginning to cool and clouds were moving in. I took a quick photo of the location with my phone camera, it takes really great photos and I love the convenience.  
The sky was beginning to haze over and I was losing my light pretty fast. I like the composition of the photo; the car wasn't there when I started and would add "life" to the scene.  I'll probably do a bigger studio painting using this photo and my plein air as reference.

All in all, it was a good day's work in my outdoor studio!


Another Daydreamer said...

Great post! I've enjoyed reading about your plein air experience. I'm adding this to the EBSQ Friday Five. Be sure to check it out.

smellyrhinostudio said...

very nice doesn't quite describe it! Fabulous is better! Great work!
Plein air is so wonderfilled and turbulent! You make it look easy.