Off to the Festival Today, June 5, 2010

819 Main Street Waxahachie

The Barbecue and Awards Ceremony that capped the eight-day Paint Historic Waxahachie was a fabulous event for me.  The owners of this home just painted, Becky and Jim Kauffman, purchased this work just after the awards were announced.  I was pleased to chat with Becky, and amused at how events unfolded last week:  she had hired a contractor to paint the exterior of her home, and had been told that it would not happen for a few weeks.  One day last week, someone notified her that “there’s a man outside painting your house.”  She said, “He wasn’t supposed to be here for three weeks.”  “No,” the person replied, “there is a man outside, making a painting of your house!”

Thank you Becky and Jim, for giving this painting a home.

Waxahachie Trackside

I was also pleased to meet Todd Woodruff at last night’s event.  He purchased this painting, and thrilled me when he remarked that he has passed this structure every day for years, and what he appreciated about the painting was the way the light was captured on the side of the building.  I’m always thrilled to hear someone say that, because my favorite quote from my hero Edward Hopper was “all I wanted to do was paint the sun on the side of a building.”  For me personally, I always found watercolor a challenge when trying to create that effect.  Any time it happens, I’m grateful.  So thanks, Todd, for mentioning that detail to me.  I’ll keep trying for that effect.

Thanks for reading.

6 Responses to “Off to the Festival Today, June 5, 2010”

  1. Pierre Says:


    Your work is always such a treat to view. The 819 sketch is so well executed and good to contemplate. All of which makes me want to ask you a couple of questions about how you do this. I hope you will not mind.

    The first one has to do with the board to which your paper is fixed. Mine is 30″ x 36″ and difficult to position on my knees and the doing a wet-on-wet out in the field is a real challenge. Is your board smaller or do you use a easel, or possily a small field table? Or, possibly, do you stop and let the paint dry after each motion or step taken to get something special you want to achieve?

    The second one has to do with technique. Do you favour dry brush when on location and do you use any other media like watercolour pencils, gouache or coloured inks?

    The third and last question is this: How long have you been doing these plein air sketches? They are fabulous. And your choice of subjects wonderful. And I love the way you handle the sun’s light and created shade on buildings and trees.

    Please forgive me asking these questions. I have done a little bit of this in the past but want to do much more. In August this year I have signed up for a week long workshop on plein air sketching at Sunbury Shores in Saint Andrews NB. I am really looking forward to that.

    Best rehards,


    PS I hope you can continue to handle your blog with examples of your work at the same time as you do your studies and carry on with your family life, etc.? You are an inspiration to the the rest of us unwashed out there in the wasteland of wannabe artists.


    • davidtripp Says:


      I am overwhelmed at your gracious comments. It is artists such as yourself that keep me encouraged. Thank you.

      I’m in a booth at an art festival and sales and traffic are pretty good–but I want to respond to your questions.

      For plein air, right now I’m using a 12 x 16″ D’Arches watercolor block, 140 lb. cold pressed. It sits on my knees fine. I turn the crate with my supplies upside down to provide a small table for water jar & art box. I paint out of a palm-sized Winsor & Newton fieldbox. My chair is a small camping stool that folds up small.& has a shoulder sling.

      With plein air I use both wet-on-wet & drybrush, working in layers & always careful to let them dry before fresh applications.

      I sprinkle plenty of salt into my wet-on-wet, and frequently drip clean water from my brush into it as it’s trying to dry, to create the backwash effects.

      I have several dozen watercolor pencils, but I’ve stopped using them, because I’ve begun using a #10 Isabey Kolinsky sable round brush. The tip is razor-sharp–even better than a sharpened watercolor pencil.

      I’m not sure if I’ve answered all your questions, Pierre. I’ve been interrupted a dozen times. But I’ll get back to your post later.

      Thank you again.

      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


    • davidtripp Says:

      Hello again. You had another question–how long? One year now I’ve been absorbed with plein air. It’s changed everything for me. I’m delighted you’re taking the plunge–you won’t regret it.
      Sent via BlackBerry by AT&T


  2. Pierre Says:

    That’s fine, David. Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my questions. Pierre


  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    It is wonderful to hear about your success. I always admire your paintings and I admire the generosity and support you give to other artists.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for your warm affirmation. I appreciate so much the recent outpouring of good will in the art community. I wish I could stay the year round with these ESSA students. Only two more days together. Their work has stirred me deeply, as has their never-ending drive.


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