Commission for a New Orleans home, September 1, 2010

New Orleans commission

It has appeared to be a long dry spell, to anyone following my blog.  Actually, the opposite is the case.  I have completed two commissions in one week, this one posted just finished about five minutes ago.  The reason for the long hiatus since my last post has much to do with school beginning (high school and college the same day), daily chases to complete lesson plans and lectures, and sadly, a funeral that I conducted today for a lovely man that I miss so sorely right now.  It’s rare to find “Renaissance” personalities such as this man was (he was an aviator, musician, avid reader, thinker, dancer and all-around socially conscious human being).  The funeral home was packed beyond capacity, and all of us found it difficult saying our good-byes.

On another note, tonight I began my first live-drawing session in nearly twenty years.  There will be twelve more during this month, and I plan to miss none of them.  My figure drawing is absolutely dreadful, and I thought this kind of immersion should be able to help considerably.  We’ll see.

This posted watercolor I managed to complete in about three days, in the midst of school, funeral and live-drawing interruptions.  I’m surprised it came together so fast.  Probably tomorrow’s deadline has plenty to do with that as well.

Perhaps tomorrow I’ll get the other commission posted.  I finished one Sunday and delivered it that day.  But for now, it’s late, I’m very short on sleep (for over a week now), and I plan to do something about it.

Thanks as always, for reading.  I do appreciate the posted comments.  I read them and re-read them, and they give me direction on my future projects.

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4 Responses to “Commission for a New Orleans home, September 1, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    I love the bright white on the roof of this home. Really puts me right there where my eye needs to be. Bravo to you for that gorgeous picket fence. I would have gone cross-eyed. Cozy and welcoming.


    • David Tripp Says:

      Thanks Leslie. I started to paint in the rusted tin roof, but decided against it, hoping the white contrast would give the overall composition more “pop.” The fence was done very, very quickly (and not very neatly, in the final analysis). I used the masquepen to paint in the pickets, then laid down the wash, then the dry brush, then peeled away the masking, fiddled around with the stark white pickets and tried to give some pencil definition and roundness to the horizontal slats in between. I moved very quickly because I had a deadline. I would like to try picket fences again on my own time, and see if I can improve the overall look.

      Thank you again.


  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    Life gets in the way doesn’t it? Like you, I am struggling to find time for art and for my blog. Very disappointing but I am always swamped at this time of year. I like the painting, The house feels like a home – full of fresh baked cookies hand-made quilts.


    • David Tripp Says:

      Thank you, Linda. Yeah, it’s frustrating not getting to blog and paint the way I wish. I had to do two quick back-to-back commissions after school began, then had to get my gear together for the festival (haven’t matted since last spring, except for commission pieces). Then I got sick with this dreaded sinus infection. So I’m matting, wiping my nose, shrink wrapping, wiping my nose, labeling, wiping my nose . . .

      Thanks for the kind comment. This was a commission piece, but I think I would like one now for myself! I too feel the warmth.


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