Eureka Springs Flat-Iron Building from the Extreme Ground Level

Worms-Eye View of Eureka Springs, Arkansas

Finally I return to the garage studio and get some quality painting time in.  I could not paint Thursday through Saturday due to high school and university teaching responsibilities, the hanging of a new show that finished last night, and attending a wonderful seven-hour symposium on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby.  Today I was privileged to sleep until nearly noon (only 4 1/2 hours’ sleep the night before) and then enter to paint for a while this afternoon.

This watercolor is only 8 x 12″ and the detail is slowing me down, but that’s a good thing at this point.  I have been working on rather large compositions, and have tried to work on large splashy wet-on-wet surfaces, which have yielded their rewards.  But now it’s nice for me to focus on small, minute details, and today I was thinking of J. M. W. Turner’s early watercolor and pencil compositions, particularly the wonderful small piece he did of Tintern Abbey cathedral.  I also mused over some of Andrew Wyeth’s smaller pencil and drybrush renderings.  I like to go back and forth between the splashy and the tight.  I go down  a dozen avenues as I think of these contrasts–Apollo vs. Dionysus, drafting vs. painting, Neo-Classical vs. Romantic art, and on and on.  Frankly, I’ve always been on the tight side, many would say the “anal” side of the artistic enterprise.  Three of my college painting professors said I did colored drawings, and they called it right.

Anyway, all of this to say–today I have fed the Apollo side.  I’m a little drowsy now–the past three days of intensive work are still taking a toll on me.  I’m thinking seriously of an afternoon cat-nap, and–if I revive sufficienty–an evening of further work in the studio.  I would really like to listen to this muse before I have to return to school (ugh!) in the morning.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Eureka Springs Flat-Iron Building from the Extreme Ground Level”

  1. Nancy Trottier Says:

    Hi David
    I love your work! I have recently moved back to Canada from Cambridge, MA with my husband, and Anglican priest (Episcopal). I was searching for some images of fly fishing earlier today for a project I am working on for The Collage Collaborative, and ran across your blog/site. I am a calligrapher and book artist, but I also work in watercolor.

    I have just this past fall started up my website again,, which is my address directed to my online shop for multiples. My blog has more of my most recent work and I have included this address as well.

    When we moved to Cambridge I retired from teaching full time at the college level and concentrated on my own studio work. I also took a part time job with Trader Joe’s as a sign artist. Now that we have moved back to Canada I will be working in my studio full time.

    At any rate, would love to keep in touch. I plan to follow your blog.

    Wonderful work.

    Peace, and all good things,


  2. davidtripp Says:

    How wonderful to hear from you, Nancy! Thank you for your kind, affirming words. I look forward to visiting your site. I’m fascinated to know more of your work, as well as your husband’s (I have a Ph.D. in New Testament, and have always held the Anglican tradition in the highest regard). Best wishes in your work back in Canada–wish I lived in such a gorgeous environment!

    Look forward to communicating further with you.


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