Afternoon Autumn Glow, November 23, 2010

Afternoon Autumn Glow

Well, it’s the first evening of a five-day Thanksgiving Holiday.  My wife and I have been sick with sinus infections for over a week, and I’ve felt too poorly to focus on painting.  But once school ended today I couldn’t get to rural Burleson fast enough.  This gorgeous crepe myrtle is on the property where Sandi boards her horse.  I could not believe how alive it was in color as the sun began to set.  This is a quick, 45-minute sketch of it.  I guess Emerson called it right when he wrote that “nature wears the colors of our spirit.”  This is the first day I have felt “whole” in over a week, and as I stood at my easel, taking in the beauty of this tree, I felt cleansed as I sought to reproduce these fiery colors on the paper.

My own neighborhood is alive with color, and has been for over a week.  It is as though nature waited patiently for me to recover from this annoying illness and muster enough stamina to paint her.  In the morning, I intend to step out into the neighborhood and do my best to capture more of this scintillating fall foliage in watercolor.

Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “Afternoon Autumn Glow, November 23, 2010”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, David! You are definitely a master of foliage and use color and texture so effectively in these studies. This piece is beautiful. Stay well!

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Leslie. It’s a great Thanksgiving, and I hope all is blissful with you as well. I’m grateful to be feeling better after all these days of “crud.” I’m happy to be focusing on trees lately, especially with fall foliage. I may get back to the work begun yesterday–right now we’re having too much fun in the kitchen.

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  3. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    All of the gorgous Indiana fall color is gone and we have moved into the grays and browns of an Indiana winter. Your painting is wonderful. I love the colors and the deep values you created in the foliage. Very gentle painting. I am glad you are well and had a lovely Thanksgiving. Ours was very traditional with good food and lots of family.

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    • David Tripp Says:

      Well, Linda–the Texas fall came out in much more color than usual, thanks to an abnormally rich rainfall this season. And the plummeting temperatures have sort of held off too, so we have a real bonus here. The bright fall colors have been out for at least 3 weeks now, maybe longer, and they’re still here! I always missed painting the fall in the past and swore that I would at least try to capture some of it this year. I’m still trying! I do look forward to those dessicated tones that come with the deadness of winter. When that finally does get here, I’ll see if I can return to some Andrew Wyeth-type drybrush watercolors, and try to improve my drawing/rendering. I hope the Indiana landscape is shaping up nicely for you.

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