Friday, June 18, 2010 – East Texas Plein Air

 

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.

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