Adam Houston

American Impressionist Oil Painter

Seaside Chapel

No. 174 is a painting of the chapel at Seaside. It faces pretty much due east so you get some nice light early in the morning. Overall I was really happy with how this one came together and it felt much more natural vs. No. 102 from much earlier in the year.

Sunlit Church

No. 102 is a painting of the First United Methodist Church in downtown Athens. It originated with the same set from the end of last year. We were working our way from campus into downtown and I really liked the way the light hit the front of the church.

This was another one of those like Headed Home or Pharmacy at Night that I felt should have been a home run but proved much harder to execute. In my head this is exactly what I want to paint but I end up feeling more rigid compared to when I am painting fruit.

It’s not that I think it’s awful but it just does not capture what I know it could and that is REALLY frustrating. You look at someone like Stephen Magsig and appears effortless to describe that light but it’s a much, much harder task.

As a side note, how weird is it to have two 8″ x 16″ paintings in a row? Probably the last of those for a while.