Watercoloring a 1903 Cabin from Flippin, Arkansas

1903 Cabin Flippin Arkansas

Last spring, while judging a plein air painting composition in Cotter, Arkansas, I was taken to this wonderful rustic cabin dating back to 1903.  This structure was reportedly one of the first two homes built in Flippin, Arkansas, just about the time the railroad was coming through the town.  I was taken to this site just after sunrise on a morning that was threatening rain.  The cool, moist atmosphere and the gathering clouds cast such an amazing pall over the cabin that I set up an easel and went to work immediately, trying to capture a watercolor sketch of it.  Once I returned to my studio in Texas, I used the original watercolor sketch along with some reference photos taken with my digital camera, and created this piece.

I was most intrigued with the light and shadow playing across the table and chairs lining the porch, as well as the rusty screen covering one of the doors.  The entire cabin seemed alive with the dynamics of light and shadow flickering in the dim light of that spring morning.  I hope one day to return to this cabin for further sketches and studies.

Thank you for reading.  And thanks all of you who attended the opening of my One-Man Show Saturday night at the Weiler House Fine Art Gallery.   (http://www.weilerhousefineart.com).   I appreciate each and every one of you!

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4 Responses to “Watercoloring a 1903 Cabin from Flippin, Arkansas”

  1. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    This painting is full of texture and complexity. I really like the way you mixed the tight painting of the house with the loose style of the foreground grass. Very nice! Congratulations on a successful opening.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for the comment, Linda. You called that one correctly–I worked on the cabin and foreground simultaneously, and was conscious of the cabin detail. The tighter the structure got, the looser I was with the foreground, splattering, fingerprinting and drybrushing. It was nice, going back and forth between the two.


  2. Nancy Trottier Says:

    This is a wonderful painting! The washes on the roof and the screen door are beautifully done!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Nancy. The more I fooled around with the screen door, the more I thought of Rothko’s compositions and tried to get that same effect! I want to do more of that. Currently I’m looking for more structures with rusty screen doors.


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