Paint Out in Waxahachie- 2009
For the fourth year I have participated in the "Paint Out" in Historic Waxahachie, Texas. This "Plein Air" event is sponsored by the Ellis County Art Association and was, as always, a fun few days of painting.
I was able to paint for most of 6 days...some days being more productive than others. (After painting for a couple hours on a house portrait, I ended up scraping it off the canvas and starting again the next day) I painted several locations around town, including 2 pastels and an oil painting on the square. I also painted a couple of the old victorian houses, as well as a pastel of a smaller home a block or two off main street.
Pastel on sanded paper
One of my favorite painting locations was in an old alley, a block from the historic courthouse, with all its disorder, gutters, smells and an illusive alley cat. (Artist Mary Rabien pointed this alley out to me one morning while I was trying to find a locatoin to paint. Thanks Mary, great spot!)
Mary Rabien painting Waxahachie courthouse from alley.
At this location I painted a power pole with three transformers and the tops of the buildings that made the alley. It's called "The Powers That Be".
S.Miller painting in alley.
Painting titled "The Powers That Be"
Another favorite location, not only for me, but for many of the 50 participating artist, was down by the railroad tracks and the old train depots.
This area is off the square a couple of blocks and has two old depot buildings, a feed store and some old grain silos, all of which seemed to communicate well to the artist....."Paint me".
I painted the grain silos and railroad tracks. I was actsually at this location a couple days with artist Jerral Derryberry, who not only is an excellent artist, but a great teacher as well.
Jerral Derryberry painting the historic Waxahachie courthouse.
As in the previous years, all the work created during the "Paint Out" event were taken to the historic "Chautauqua" auditorium to be judged by plein air artist Bruce Peil. Fellow artist and friend Ted Clemens won "Best of Show" with an oil painting called "Along College". Another friend, Tina Bohlman won 1st place with a beautiful watercolor. I was very happy to win the "Peoples Choice" award.
The competition was followed by an art sale at the Chautauqua.
Below are a few photos from the event and some of the paintings.
Star & Light Spangled - Oil on canvas panel
Home Again - Pastel on sanded paper
Hidden - Oil on canvas
Don't Walk - Oil on panel
S.Miller on courthouse lawn working on a pastel painting, watercolor artist David Tripp in background.
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