Painting outside in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, June 14, 2010

Eureka Springs Victorian House

This is a rough watercolor sketch en plein air that I created while the students at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts watched.  The heart of it was done in 45 minutes.  The embellishments were added as the day continued to unfold and the students busied themselves in their own paintings of the same subject.  When I have more time, I will record the riches that I gleaned from working with these students–seven in all, and every last one of them focused and driven to study plein air techniques and explore new methods of watercoloring.  I wish I could have spent a month with them, they were that stimulating.

This particular structure is found on Spring Street in the historic section of Eureka Springs.  The owner of the establishment was a real treasure, offering my class full use of her facilities (dining, air conditioning, restrooms, etc.).  She made all the difference in the world, as we were working under an extreme humidity factor for two days at this location.

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4 Responses to “Painting outside in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, June 14, 2010”

  1. Shelley Says:

    I love the colors in this one.


  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you. I wish I had photographed the earlier version. I liked it better. This one, I feel, went too far over the edge.


  3. Srinivas Kulkarni Says:

    I have just discovered David Tripp today. I am an Engineer by Proffession who is 54 and trying to re-visit my childhood hobby of Watercolor painting.
    All of David’s painting are amazing and in this particular one, ” Eureka Springs Victorian House” , the colors are great and the tree and small flowering bush at the entrance are so very natural.

    I thank David for giving us amateurs some great inspiring stuff.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Srinivas, I am so proud to make your acquaintance, thank you so much for the “shout out”! I love to hear of creative spirits who choose to take up the watercolor brush and explore. Best wishes to you in all your endeavors, and if I can do anything at all to help, please contact me. I look forward to seeing how things go with you. Again, thank you.


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