My Friend’s First Attempt at Watercolor–Railroad Trestle

Good-Bye Today

How about this for a first-timer?  My guitar buddy, David Slight, has been asking me for some time if I thought he could create a decent watercolor.  I always thought so.  He picked up the guitar really fast, and I saw him fly fish for the first time, handling a fly rod with dexterity and landing a 3 lb. largemouth bass from a farm pond.  So I shouldn’t have been surprised to see him knock this one out inside of two hours in my garage studio this afternoon.  The painting measures approximately 12 x 14″ without the frame.  I stood by to show him the basics–wet-on-wet, drybrush, graphite rendering, masking, scraping with x-acto knife, and he went right after it.

He was so pleased that he’s decided to come back Tuesday after school (David is also a public school teacher in Tarrant County).  Both of us probably wish that we could draw decent salaries by painting in the garage!  So, here’s looking to next Tuesday!

Thanks for reading.  Thanks Dave, for a fabulous afternoon of art and quality conversation.

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3 Responses to “My Friend’s First Attempt at Watercolor–Railroad Trestle”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    This is remarkable! WHAT A GREAT FIRST TIME EFFORT. And, hey Teacher, I think I see a hint of David in there. Good work.


  2. davidtripp Says:

    Thanks for that affirmation. Actually I painted this same scene last year, but David’s is better than mine) I hope I don’t whine like Verocchio when Leonardo out-painted him)! I diddled on mine for weeks before I signed off on it, and David’s was done inside of 2 hours–much to be said about those quicker, cleaner sketches.


  3. lesliepaints Says:

    This is a first time watercolor?????? Totally fantastic! Love the cracks in the pavement and the dark under the trestle.Very mysterious. Very good!


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