A Summer Morning in Sleepy Winfield, Missouri

Winfield, Missouri Store

I have put in two consecutive late nights in the garage studio, painting till past midnight.  It makes it a little rough, going to school the next morning, but there it is.  This is another full-size sheet of watercolor paper (22 x 28″).  I have painted this abandoned store twice before.  I discovered it in the summer of 2009 while driving highway 79 north of St. Louis along the Mississippi River.  The small town of Winfield is where this store rests, just along the west side of highway 79.  The light was so bright that August morning, the sun had just risen.

I’m having some struggles with this painting (I hate it when a watercolor starts out badly!).  I poured quite a few layers of pigment on the tree/foliage area at the top, wanting to get the woods very dark and deep.  I’ve decided to just let the foliage be for the time being, and go ahead and work on the store facade.  Tonight involved plenty of close, tedious drawing and drafting, but I’m still convinced that a strong and accurate drawing will yield a good watercolor (hope I’m right this time!).  I’m not sure that the pencil work can be seen in this photograph, I always have trouble getting a good digital image under light bulbs late at night.  Most of my blog shots are taken out in the driveway in the middle of the day.  I guess I’m admitting that as a photographer, I fly by the seat of my pants.

At any rate, I am finally settling into, and enjoying this watercolor composition.  And with the kind of school schedule I have this week, I reckon that I’ll be having to put in late hours in the garage studio (my least favorite time to paint).  I’ll take what’s offered.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “A Summer Morning in Sleepy Winfield, Missouri”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I am really interested to see how this goes. I was a little disoriented and had trouble seeing where the paper ends. Good luck.

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Great comment! Just today, as I was reading Robert Henri’s “The Art Spirit,” I laughed at his remark that many painters (particularly me!) cannot seem to finish a painting, because they never learned how to start a painting. I laughed because I seem to start so many paintings so badly, because I do not plan them out as one should. I almost never do preliminary sketches or thumbnail compositional studies. I just jump in (even when it’s as large as this one) with very little “clue” as to where the painting is going to go. Perhaps it’s time for me to make corrections to this fundamental flaw in making “finished” works of art.

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