Winter Watercolor progressing, February 2, 2011

Labadie, Missouri snowscape

I posted the information to this watercolor on the previous post.  I’ve been picking at this watercolor most of this day.  I’m thrilled to have my first one-man show this coming September, and have found another gear to pursue watercolor with larger compositions.  This one measures 12 x 18″. I’m trying to solve the dry brush problems of winter foliage.  I’m not sure how to finish this one out, so I believe I’ll turn my attention to the other two paintings for a little while.  Luck for me, school has been canceled tomorrow as well (two days in a row).  The snow and ice have not been too heavy in this part of  Texas, but the falling temperatures have kept them in place, making travel hazardous.  It is 14 degrees as I write this, at 9:00 p.m.  I’m lucky to have a couple of days in a warm studio!

Thanks for reading.

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6 Responses to “Winter Watercolor progressing, February 2, 2011”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    David, I am going to be really bold and offer a critical comment. I hate to do this because I don’t really feel “qualified” but I want to offer a thought. One thing bothered me when I saw this on your first post and it still does. The middle of the painting feels boxy to me. I like the shadows you’ve added but the central area still bothers me. It feels static and without movement but this is ONLY MY feeling and opinion. Take it for what its worth…

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you for the observation, Linda. Never hesitate to post what you think. I’ve never been quite satisfied with the right-hand part of this piece, and so I have left it for now. Going back to look, yes, the center is also “not really there” (and may never be!). I’ll most likely return to this after it’s had a while to “settle” and I can look at it with a fresher eye. Meanwhile I have another pair that I’m developing, and my interest is on them. We’ll see what happens to this one over time.

    Thanks again.

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  3. lesliepaints Says:

    Ha! I was looking at this before reading the comments and was Thinking to myself, “what an interesting vignette” . The diagonal foreground repeats the feeling of the triangular and throws my eye to the triangular shaped shrubs and, most of all, the large pine. The area in the foreground right reminds me of a possible ski run speeding me past this lovely winterscape.

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  4. davidtripp Says:

    Wow, ski run! Now THAT I hadn’t even seen until you posted it! Perhaps I’ll finish up the fringe trees on the right and leave the “run” intact. Thanks for the observation, Leslie.

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  5. lesliepaints Says:

    You are truly welcome. I sit in awe of many of your works that have a vignette quality to them prior to you going on with them. Some of them allow me to finish the painting which is something, as a viewer, I just love. Many of them look finished, to me. I have often wondered if it is something that has to do with how you sequence your paintings from start to finish. Try as I might I cannot achieve that look and I highly admire your ability to create compositions of this nature.

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  6. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, I’m overwhelmed! I often wonder about multiple, “in-progress” postings, but hope that it lets others have a voyeuristic look over my shoulder while I’m working. Also, I enjoy and appreciate very much the feedback I get while something of mine is still in the works. In looking back over my blogs, I recognize plenty of stuff posted that isn’t very flattering, but I always have the website for showing what I consider to be my better pieces. Hopefully my blog will provide some kind of “journal” or laboratory for myself in retrospect as well as for anyone else who likes to look.

    I do appreciate very much your observation about the vignette look. Since I was in 9th grade, that was what I liked about Andrew Wyeth works, and I always found it hard for me to go there. He made some kind of remark that the strength of a composition was not what you put in, but what you left out. My temptation always has been to push something past its prime and leave it overworked. I still don’t know the answer there, but I sure love exploring that issue.

    Again, thank you, Leslie. I’m inspired to work some more tonight, not only because of your (and others’) encouragement, but also because I just learned that my school has closed again tomorrow–three days in a row! What a wonderful time to paint!

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