Myrrh and I have loved driving west of Houston to paint so much that we decided we would paint for two days and spend the night in a hotel in the area. We left Houston at 6:30 a.m. and were painting this red barn by 8:30 a.m. We had actually seen it on a previous trip so we headed straight there, we remembered it because it had a “Beware of Dog” sign up by the road. There was a big oak tree on the property and we would love to have been painting under that tree, but the threat of a dog kept us out in the sun. And anyway, we wouldn’t just set up on private property. The sun was in and out of the clouds so when I saw a thin strip of sunlight and a big shadow, I put that note down very quickly.
|“Facing Barns” 8″x10″ o/c SOLD|
After this last painting in the 100 degree heat we needed a break before we painted an evening scene, which was the whole point of making this a two day trip. We headed to a great little cafe in Round Top and had a very late lunch in the air conditioning. Then we drove around looking for a good place to paint as the sun was setting.
We drove down a side road off the highway and I saw this pretty pink road going through a bright green field and I just had to paint it. Myrrh and I usually paint the same thing, but she had her eye on a red barn down the road so she painted that.
The sun disappeared below the horizon, we cleaned our brushes and drove 30 minutes to Brenham to find dinner and our hotel. Guess what we had for dinner? BBQ! It’s what we have every time we go out and paint and it’s always delicious. After dinner we checked into our rooms and I got a very good night’s sleep that night. We stayed at the Hampton Inn in Brehman and I would recommend it.
After this last painting it was time to pack up and head back home to Houston. We drove through Bellville on the way and stopped at our new favorite BBQ place, the Bellville Meat Market. We got BBQ (yes, BBQ again!) to go and I bought some sliced beef, sliced chicken and sausage by the pound for dinner for my family.
We got back to Houston late that afternoon after an enjoyable two days spent painting outdoors. Every time I go outside and paint, and really spend time outdoors, I appreciate God’s natural beauty more and more.