Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Painting at Festivals

Last Saturday was the annual Texas Country Reporter (Bob Phillips) Festival here in Waxahachie. I remember attending the first one several years ago when you could actually park on the Square during the event. These days it's so popular that parking extends for several blocks in all directions and usually involves a pretty good walk.

Even though the idea of painting a large mass of people can seem intimidating I tried to look at this the same way I would paint a field of wildflowers-grouping them as a whole and not at all interested in painting each one.

I set up shop in a parking garage directly above the masses. It was a great location with some shade, great smells from nearby food vendors, live music, and a nice breeze. All of the things that make plein air so much of a wonderful departure from studio paintings.

Texas Country Reporter Festival - 10x8-inch oil on panel SOLD

Wednesday, October 8, 2014


I'm thinking about going smaller in my paintings. I get impatient with and try to hurry them along at times. Working smaller might be a good option. 10x8-inch oil on gessobord.