Tuesday, July 5, 2011

1889 Masonic Temple

12"x16" Watercolor on 300# Arches Cold Press
I finally got around to painting probably my second favorite building in Waxahachie. The old Masonic Temple - built in 1889, which currently houses the Ellis County Museum. This beautiful building stands adjacent to the Ellis County Courthouse and compliments it well. I set up my easel on the courthouse lawn under the shade of a pecan tree in late afternoon. 

There is so much architectural beauty on the Square in Waxahachie that it amazes me that I'm always the only one around. I could paint every day for a year and and barely scratch the surface of opportunities for subject matter. But the only time I see other artists in action is during "Paint Historic Waxahachie" each May. During that week-long event, dozens can be found around town. But after that they are as rare as a painted bunting (for you Audoboners out there). 

So, here's my plug for getting out there and painting something on location. Fresh air, exercise, brain activity - it's bound to be good for you. Give it a try. I could use the company.