A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to spend a couple of hours on what has to be the prettiest property in all of Ellis County. The owner allowed several of us to paint en plein air. I had to quickly decide between probably a dozen potential subjects including four old barns, a 1902 farm house, vistas looking down from the ridge to distant farms and hills, or a 1950s John Deere tractor.
This will be one of my entries in the upcoming Paint Historic Waxahachie plein air event, June 2 - 6.
Windy Ridge Farm John Deere - 9 x 12 oil on canvas
The Paint Historic Waxahachie annual plein air event has expanded from one week (in previous years) to every weekend in May, leading up to the awards dinner and sale in June. So I've been pretty busy lately exploring the designated areas on the outskirts of town. I feel like I've abandoned my family this month but it is just once a year that I do this. At least I don't play golf, right? Here are a few of the plein air paintings from the past few weekends:
Maypearl Water Tower - 12"x9" oil on canvas panel. There were turkey vultures warming there wings on the catwalk when I started this. Wish they would have stayed longer.
From Anderson Road - 9"x12" oil on canvas panel. An early morning plein air. I saw exactly one car on this little road near Five Points. An he was a fellow artist. This was an experiment in using an earthy limited pallet of yellow ochre, chromatic black, burnt sienna and white (with just a touch of cad yellow).
Five Points Hay - 9"x12" oil on canvas panel. From Five Points Road, hay bales for miles. Another limited pallet painting.
Brake Lights - 11"x14" oil on canvas panel.Another from Five Points Road, where the wind was blowing 30 and the cars 90. Not ideal conditions but turned out okay since I survived without becoming road kill.