Clawing My Way Back to the Studio!

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Well, it’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted.  I have violated my oath taken last New Year to do my dead-level best to post daily.  October has been a more-than-usually-busy month, with my teaching load at high school and university combined with four consecutive weekend art festivals.  Fortunately, my next festival is three weekends away.   Between now and then, I am committed to returning to the studio, tidying it and resuming my art production.

I did finish this painting last week.  It was begun over the summer (and the early stages of it were posted to the blog).  It began as a “poured” piece, and finally I got around to finishing up the dry brush foreground, detailing the car and refining the fence line.

This car is parked in a field alongside Highway 77 north of Hillsboro, Texas, just east of Interstate 35W.  The owner of the property has graciously allowed me to access his land and do multiple studies of this car and a 1954 Ford sedan.  I’m still not finished with these subjects, but am glad to have this composition completed.  Most of my watercolors are around 8 x 10 or 9 x 12 in size.  This one measures 20 x 25″–quite large by my usual standards.

Thanks for reading.


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2 Responses to “Clawing My Way Back to the Studio!”

  1. francis Says:

    I just love your dry brush technique, they are outstanding. This vintage run down car is really amazing and you did a really good job in bringing it to life. Nice work David.


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Francis. Sometimes I do a better job when I let a watercolor just sit and “compost” for a few months. I quit on this one because I didn’t like the way it was shaping up, and just decided to lay it aside. I’m not sure why my return was more successful, but it was. I’m happy with the finished result. I worry about some (or all) of my subjects being too prosaic. This car really captured my imagination, and I wanted to turn out a nice composition, but was rather discouraged with its early developments. Thanks for the encouragement!


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