Christmas Season in Bourbon, Missouri, January 17, 2010

Bourbon, Missouri train scene

After finishing two watercolors yesterday, I resumed work today on a fox hunt composition I started last fall but never completed.  I’ll post it when it’s finished (or nearer than it is now).  From my old collection, here is an important holiday memory.  I was returning from St. Louis during the Christmas holidays, early in the morning, driving through a beautiful snow, listening to Mozart on the tape deck.  Suddenly I saw this beautiful railroad embankment with snow all over its sides, bending gracefully into the horizon.  Using an old 35mm camera, I photographed the scene, and as soon as I got home, worked out this watercolor composition and added a train.

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3 Responses to “Christmas Season in Bourbon, Missouri, January 17, 2010”

  1. Alex Zonis Says:

    I love this. Many of your watercolors have this wistful quality, like you are longing for something hard to define, or wish to be physically present in the painted landscape… Or at the very least to paint like you do! Of course, only you can paint like you, and the rest of us are left to look at your vista and feel the longing.

    This painting is beautiful, David. I wish to be in it, hear the train whistle and smell frosty air.

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  2. lesliepaints Says:

    This really passes on a down-home feeling. Maybe it’s the warm color of the engine and that the two cars look like passenger cars. Bringing someone home? I like how you’ve connected the darks across the top in the trees and skipped a little beat (thinning the trees) where the light pokes through above the curve where the track appears.

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  3. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you so much, Alex and Leslie. I received both of your responses while I was out under the trees today painting in the open air. I was struggling with a technique I’ve never done before–poured watercolors. Your communion came at such a Quality time, and I thank you for all the affirmation. You remind me that as artists we are not alone as we work in the studio. Not only can we feel the connection with artists of previous centuries–we now have this wonderful technological aid with which we can communicate anytime, anywhere. I’m excited by all this. Thank you again for all the positive feedback. I’m anxious to get back to some railroad subjects in watercolor. First I want to try to finish this Fox Hunt. It’s going to be tricky.

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