Paint Out in Waxahachie- 2008
For the third year the awesome folks at the Ellis County Art Association have sponsored a "Paint Out", centered around the historic downtown area of Waxahachie, Texas. The event usually last about 10 days; this year it was from May 30 until June 8.
Although I was unable to paint the full 10 days, I was able to paint June 2nd thru June 7th and as usual, it was a lot of fun. And, it proved to be a bit challenging - this painting outside business! The wind gusted up to 30 and 40 miles an hour a couple of the days, blowing all kinds of grit and added "texture" into the fresh oil paintings, as well as blowing easels over and turning palettes into small wooden kites. Colorful kites I might add! But what fun is life without the challenges?
Friday morning, June 6, there was a "quickdraw" event on the courthouse square. The participating artist had 90 minutes to start and complete a painting. This is always a lot of fun, and it had an little added incentive to participate- the paintings would be auctioned off on the courthouse square at the end of the 90 minute painting period. I was very pleased and thankful when my "quickdraw" painting "Faces of Justice" sold during that auction.
Friday evening all the paintings that were painted during the 10 day event were gathered and taken to the historic "Chautauqua" auditorium to be judged in the paint out competition, which was followed by an art sale. I was pleased again when the quickdraw piece "Faces of Justice" won a $100 Gift Certificate from the Jack Richeson and Company Fine Art Materials. Brushes... I always need more brushes.
Below are a few photos from the event.
S.Miller painting "Faces of Justice" (2008)
Auctioning off "Faces of Justice" on the courthouse steps. (2008)
Artist Chris Galvin works on a watercolor of a 47 Plymouth
Painting and easel setup of "Jail House Rock"
S. Miller finishing up "Forty-Seven Plymouth" (above)
Easel and Plymouth painting (Below)
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