Seeking Andrew Wyeth’s Help with the Pine Trees

Early Summer Morning at Stovall Park, Arlington, Texas

I rose at sunrise earlier this week, and tried my hand at plein air watercolor at Stovall Park in south Arlington, Texas, about 5 minutes from where I reside.  I found the warm sunlight alternating with cool shadows extremely delicious and wanted to try and capture some of that on paper.  I worked on it long enough to realize that I had no clue how to render the pine needles in the foreground tree.  So I finished blocking in the rest of the composition with wet-on-wet layers and called it quits for a few days.

Late this afternoon, I set up my easel in the garage, took another look at this sketch, and decided to consult Andrew Wyeth, my patron saint, my guiding force, my all-around heroic drybrush Meister.  Perusing a series of his drybrush sketches rendered en plein air at Kuerner’s farm led me to take another crack at this quick composition.  I pushed it about as far as I could go, then worked to get the background shadows much deeper, hoping to set off the pine needles more effectively.  I think I’m going to return to Stovall and try another of these.  Pine trees have intimidated me for too many years now.  It’s past time to do something about them.

Thanks for reading.  It’s been a delightful day painting.  Glad there is still plenty of summer left.


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4 Responses to “Seeking Andrew Wyeth’s Help with the Pine Trees”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    Well, I’d say I rather like looking at your pine tree needles. I can almost see your brush moving. Admire your skill in rendering this beautiful piece, David.


    • davidtripp Says:

      I appreciate that, Leslie. A couple of weeks ago, a student at Eureka Springs asked me to demonstrate watercoloring a pine tree. My attempt was pathetic. Glad that this 2nd try is a bit better.


  2. sartenada Says:

    Beautiful park, that I can say when admiring Your art.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. I want to go back and try this one again soon, preferably earlier in the morning before it gets so hot, but not too early for that wonderful yellow sunlight.


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