Four Days in the Studio, January 12, 2010

Hill County Courthouse, ala Van Gogh

This is a project I started Friday after school, then worked on through the weekend, and finally finished Monday after school.  La Quinta is building a new hotel in Hillsboro, Texas, and has requested that local artists submit paintings of local themes.  I was approached about creating three paintings of the Hill County Courthouse in a style reminiscent of Vincent Van Gogh.  This was my best shot at it.  Watercolor is where I tend to do 95% of my work, but occasionally an acrylic on canvas assignment comes along.  It’s been awhile since I worked on a 22 x 28″ surface.  I enjoyed the freedom of movement, and the dynamics of stretched canvas provided a welcome change from the paper surface where I usually work.  This is my first attempt at something approaching a triptych.  If accepted, these paintings will be hung on a red-orange wall.  At any rate, I’m glad now to be getting back to watercolor.  It’s been nearly a week, and I’ve missed it.

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2 Responses to “Four Days in the Studio, January 12, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    What a nice break from your watercolors and I think you succeeded in a Van Gogh-like style only your building looks David Tripp drawn (that’s meant as a compliment). I’m attracted to the more eerie one in the center. Nice paintings. Thank-you for sharing them and let us know if they are accepted.I see no reason why they would not be.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Leslie. I laughed at your building observation–I tried to render them “saggy & drippy” but couldn’t go through with it. Too anal I suppose. I too favor the darkest one–kind of dark & Gothic like Vincent. I’m really looking forward to returning to watercolor though. I’ve missed it.


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