Nearing Completion of Route 66 Zephyr Gas Station

Villa Ridge, Missouri Zephyr Gas Station along Historic Route 66

The fourth day on this work sees it nearing completion.  I had to re-draw the gas pump to align it parallel with the station.  The distant lamp post was in the wrong place and no proportioned to the rest of the composition, so I am eliminating it.  most of today was spent trying to separate the graveled parking lot from the puddles.  I still have grasses to render, poking up through the puddles as well.  The center of the parking area also needs to be tended.  But I think the end is finally in sight.  If I don’t complete it tonight, then I’m quite sure I can sign off on it before tomorrow is over.  This has been a rewarding experience.  Painting water reflections has been a trial for me, but I’m sure I’ll attempt it again some day.

Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “Nearing Completion of Route 66 Zephyr Gas Station”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    It works! Eye catching with that reflection, David. I know it’s not done, but seeing the digital of this, I’d like it without that whiote space filled in. Looks like white light like you see when the sun comes back out and beats down and, where it hits, it reflects back a white light. I don’t know what it looks like in the original or if the white area has pencil marks. Can’t tell from the digital, but very interesting, don’t you think, about the white light?


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thanks for the comments, Leslie. I’m usually disappointed with my finished watercolors when I fill in all the spaces with color, so yes, I like the white/empty space out in the midst of the parking area. I’m going to finish out the rest of the building and then see how that white area looks. I may fill in a light sandy wash, but would probably keep it very pale, maybe an eggshell kind of white, I don’t know. I’m still working to obliterate the second light post as well. There isn’t too much left to do now, aside from tweaking the contrast a bit more, perhaps. I really would like to walk away from it tomorrow. But thanks again for commenting.


  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    David, I like this. You are really beginning to capture the moody feel. It gives a sense of longing but also hope and sunshine just over the hill.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Linda. I finished it about 2:00 this morning. I haven’t yet posted the finished piece (though it won’t be profoundly different) because I had to leave for school early this morning. Thanks for helping see me through this one, especially during the snags.


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