Finished an Iron Horse from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, November 2, 2010

Eureka Springs Iron Horse

I’m finding scattered moments of time to return to some unfinished pieces from the past.  This is a watercolor I began not long after I left Eureka Springs, Arkansas last June.  I had taken a number of photographs around the town after finishing a one-week plein air watercolor class I taught at the Eureka Springs School of the Arts.  For a long time, this composition was not shaping up too well.  Finally, after heightening the contrast, improvements began to happen.  I feel better about it now, but am glad that it is done.  It is time to move on to a number of other half-finished pieces.  I always laugh when I read that Samuel Taylor Coleridge kept unfinished manuscripts littered all over his writing studio.  That describes exactly how my art studio looks year-round.  I start many, many works (sometimes I have as many as a dozen partially completed watercolors).  Eventually, I return to them and finish them (unlike Coleridge).

Thanks for reading.   The hour is late, and I still have some art history to prepare for tomorrow morning (sigh).

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5 Responses to “Finished an Iron Horse from Eureka Springs, Arkansas, November 2, 2010”

  1. Tom Says:

    Very nice work. I would like to visit Eureka Springs and do some painting. It’s been seven years since my last visit. Neat place!



  2. David Tripp Says:

    Thank you. I cannot wait to return to this enchanting town! I hope my class for summer ’11 makes, so I can return in June. Last June was an unforgettable experience there, with fabulous students cranking out watercolors by day, and I by night.


  3. Carolye Says:

    Wow oh wow! I love it! You’re right, the contrast did the trick! Nice job, my friend!


  4. David Says:

    Thank you Carolye! Great to hear from you again. Don’t know if you saw on my blog, but I returned recently to the Weiler House and again attempted to paint the building from the rear, near where you and I set up in September. This second attempt came out a little better.


  5. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I like the subject matter and your technique is wonderful. The thing that caught my eye about this one is a ghostly aura about the old engine. It is just a feeling I’m picking up because when I go back and look at it again it looks solid. BUT the longer I look the more I pick up that ghostly feeling. Lovely painting – weird reaction!


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