Archive for June, 2010

Rogers Bridge in Waxahachie Texas

June 30, 2010

This painting has been selected from 497 paintings entered to be in the 47th SWS Annual Exhibit  for 2010Rogers Street Bridge over Waxahachie Creek, Hwy 77 Located on an early Waxahachie Creek fording site that served pioneer settlers of the area, this truss bridge was built-in 1899. It was manufactured by the Wrought Iron Bridge Company of Canton, Ohio, and was one of thirteen approved by Ellis County Commissioners from 1888 to 1890. The span provided an extension for Rogers Street, a road named for Emory Rogers, donor of the Waxahachie townsite. As part of an important early north-south commercial route, the Rogers Street Bridge was vital to the growth and development of the city.

The bridge is now a link in the hike and bike trail through the green belt.

The early morning shadows and the bikers caught my attention . The tower in the far distant to the right is the Waxahachie County Court House.  I produced this painting in my studio in Dallas. This painting has become a very important part of my exploration with watercolor and art.


Lake Fork Pelicans

June 27, 2010

Lake Fork Pelicans
In the fall of 2009 my son and I went fishing at Lake Fork in East Texas near Alba Texas. While fishing around Mustang Marina in “Big Mustang” we ran across a flock of white pelicans living on a peninsula. I was amazed how bright white and beautiful these giant birds were. They appeared to be safe and very comfortable on their sanctuary. Then one day in early winter, they were gone. They had migrated south looking for warmer weather. We look forward to their return next summer.

June 6, 2010 – Gulf Station

June 26, 2010


This will be the last of the Edgewood paintings I plan to do. I was intrigued with the clear cylinders of the gas pumps. The gas station was originally built-in Gilliam Texas and recently moved to Edgewood Texas.

June 24, Edgewood Texas Train Station

June 24, 2010

On June 18th I traveled Old Highway 80 on a plein air painting trip and in the process we found a great historical museum in Edgewood Texas, near the main street area. This painting was done from a photo of the train station in my studio.

Friday, June 18, 2010 – East Texas Plein Air

June 19, 2010


I set out early today on a Plein Air paint out with a fantastic artist – David Tripp. David is an amazing painter and I learn so much from him about art and painting. David teaches art history and normally wins most art competitions. We traveled on old highway 80 East, along the main train route between the east and west coast. The townships we visited included Terrell, Edgewood, Grand Saline, Wills Point, and Fruitvale, all of which were established by a train station stop. Our first stop was in Grand Saline at the old cotton gin south of town near Main Street and highway 80. We had some interesting visitors stop by for a visit. One was a really nice lady Van Zandt  County judge from Canton. She was documenting historic structures with her camera on a mission to save historic structures. She was instrumental saving old towns by certifying them “Main Street Historic Cities”. After a break for a subway sandwich we headed out for Edgewood where we found a Historic Museum with loaded with historic buildings. The lady in charge was so nice and invited us in for and allowed us to set up for some plein air painting.

Lilly Pads – Lake Fork – June 12, 2010

June 17, 2010


The watercolor above is  a scene from a Lilly pad covered cove on Lake Fork in East Texas. My son and I went on a bass fishing trip this morning at day break.  We fished plastic worms and top water chug bugs around and in the Lilly Pads as well as the moss beads. My son caught a four pounder.  I was fascinated by the light and the dark shadows of the Lilly pads. The wind created movement, causing the pads to move in all directions.  I was fascinated with the bright white flowers against the dark shadows, they were stunning. The different greens of the pads were amazing. The pads up in the air were translucent. It was a great father/son fishing day. We wrapped up by noon and headed home. The temperature had reached 98 degrees.

Day Four, Afternoon, ECAA Paintout, 6-4-2010

June 11, 2010














Day Four, Afternoon. The temperature has reached 100 degrees. I wanted to paint a historic home for my last panting in this ECAA paint out. I found a house on Marvin Street which is owned by a retired Brit from Manchester England. He was a nice guy. He greeted me with cold water and house stories. He was most concerned he had the British flag higher than the US flag. I found a spot in the shade of the oaks. I t was a tiring but exciting week. I sold one painting and received  a honorable mention. There were 65 painters and over 250 paintings produced.

Day Four, Friday June 4, 2010

June 11, 2010

Day Four  was a blistering hot day. I started early. While scouting the town square, I ran into Nel and Priscilla from the SWS. I found a scene near the square at an art shop with an old blue car parked out front.

Day Three, June 3 2010

June 6, 2010


Day Three of the ECAA paint out, actually it is day six of the paint out. I missed days four and five. I showed up in Waxahachie around noon and stopped by the ECAA headquarters to check in and have a sandwich. The people in this town are so nice. I already knew I wanted to paint the grain silos at the railroad tracks. I called David Tripp and they joined me along with his friend Chris. Little did I know David’s painting will win best of show and my painting will win 1st honorable mention (5th place overall). The ECAA Paint Out of Historic Waxahachie Texas is a local event and does not exhibit the work locally or nationally.

Day two, May 31, 2010

June 6, 2010

Day Two of the ECAA paint out and  I returned to Waxahachie alone at day break to find a peaceful town on Memorial day. After a short walk around the square I decided on the rear of the Rogers Hotel. I loved the composition. The sun was rising over my shoulder creating  fire exit stair shadows on the building. I strived to show the courthouse beyond – washed out with purple-gray. I finished the painting after about 3 hours. The sun was higher in the sky and the temperature is rising fast, 99 degrees expected today. I headed back to Dallas and arrived home by noon.

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