I joined the Southwestern Watercolor Society (SWS) and went to the paintout in Corsicana, Texas, this weekend. It was such a productive time that this post is sort of long.
FRIDAY- On Friday night I did sketches…
but I knew I could do better. I could not get the proportions right on the statue’s face, or a consistent bronze color, so I decided to set up somewhere more aligned to the angle I seemed to be naturally twisting his face into. For the church, I thought I had good proportions on the church, and a good spot at Cason’s Flowers to set up, but this first version had some scrubbed paper I didn’t like and my husband didn’t like the red/orange windows from the sunset.
SATURDAY- First thing I went out to Brick Street BBQ’s new location on Hwy 287 near the airport (their cover photo is from the “Little Bit Country” collection I did for Tucker Town Hall 🙂 ) . The painting of their entryway was coming along nicely, but I needed to return to the First UMC before it got too hot. The second try at the First UMC I used a tracing to get almost the same proportions, so I hope nobody thinks this is cheating, then I repainted with the impressions I got from the morning vs. evening before.
Although it was getting pretty hot outside, I tried to repaint the Oilman statue. I tried two locations, and ended up where I was almost in the street with my stool, but I realized that the reason I was turning the face was that I had accidentally stopped so many times at that corner to let the statue cross the street that I had a mental picture of his face from that direction. The wrench painted longer so the head would show beyond his hat. The heat made everything harder and drier than usual.
Lastly I stopped at a roadside seller of handmade cedarwood twig furniture. The paint dried really quickly, really tricky to work it (picture in sketchbook and my new facebook sketchbook journal), so I decided to go inside for awhile and refresh myself after that. Collin Street Bakery was gracious to give me a free cookie for bringing in my painting supplies, and it went very well with my coffee. I sat across from the cookie jar and the ten-cent cups of coffee and enjoyed my treats very much.
SATURDAY 5:30 to 7:00 Show – I prettied up before going to the Warehouse Center for Living Arts on 6th and Main. Everyone’s work was in mats, and some were framed, so I was intimidated to leave my Brick Street BBQ painting in the car, since it had no mat, being unfinished. I happily hung my First United Methodist Church painting from the morning, and the Collin Street Bakery Cookie Jar on the Shelf. It was a really good show, with a variety of styles and many familiar locations around town. I wish the show was up for longer, so I could invite more people to see it. One of my favorite paintings from the show was by Robyn Jorde. The cellphone snapshot doesn’t do the subtle shadings justice at all.
I hope she also shows it at the Haunted Places In Texas show in Plano, because it is so beautiful I am saving up to buy it right now.
SATURDAY – dinner at Napoli’s Italian Restaurant. Great company, art talk, and delicious Italian food. You know I loved it even more because my husband dressed up after a hard day of moving our furniture and joined us for the evening. It was like a date almost.