Autumn Trees in the Western Sun

Autumn Trees in the Western Sun

Texas weather was again delicious for plein air experimentation.  After school let out, I immediately went out in search of autumn colors, and it didn’t take long to find them.  This time I layered Winsor & Newton watercolors with Prismacolor Watercolor Pencils, going back and forth between the media.  I found a happier balance this time, and believe I have come up with one of my better watercolor sketches of fall foliage.  It’s rather small (about 9 x 12″), but I think it will have  a smart appearance once matted and framed.

In looking at this pair of trees, I was surprised to find the one with the dead leaves still sporting its full headdress, while the tree of living leaves had already lost about half of them.  I found that strange, and wanted to try and sketch the pair accurately.  Fall is coming on.  Because of the dreadfully hot and dry summer, I’m afraid that Texas will see little-to-no color this season.  Nevertheless, I still like the looks of the trees as they begin casting their leaves, even if the colors range only from green-to-brown. All the same, I’ll try to capture some of them in watercolor sketches en plein air this time around.

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4 Responses to “Autumn Trees in the Western Sun”

  1. john Says:

    Allow me to comment on your wonderful little picture of the filling station….to me the subject is the awesome aged station , the bricks and its general construction- there is a love there no doubt!….the tree is important too, only as it describes the station, both are painted with the same clarity and purpose….the branches are wonderfully rendered and NOT overworked. In plein- air , its important to leave out and edit; I believe the 50’s hudson is another painting, and detracts….also the fish- eye effect distracts from the station- it competes with the station for attention. It also is an illustration trick……now get this; I am an AMC fan from way back!…grew up on them in the 70’s , I had at least 2 dozen hornets and an ambassador.- love Hudson- AMC- nash…..your painting stands alone without the car, though….. I would cut the picture off at about those two tan lines on the bottom…I love the building, and its details….I see you admire Wyeth…..people say he was all super detailed but his portraits of buildings are surrounded by a muddy wash, or a wash of white snow, or blank paper….same with rembrandt: if you look at his bistre landscapes of dutch outbuildings, the trees and earth are very subtle yet natural. I think your’e tremendously talented, and like me, sometimes tend to overwork and overtax …… I also like the sketch of the wooden bench by a tree. There you concentrated on the light and modeling nicely..it took me years to learn what to leave out…happy painting, and Fort Worth rules!, have some good memories stoppin off in Weatherford on route back to new england..John in ct…..also , I would paint the clouds with the same clarity as the station- not a wet blob ., take a look at John Constable, or Homer watercolors- very naturally rendered skies……God has given you the talent, I know

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thanks so much for responding in such detail and for sharing your painter’s heart and eye. I enjoy so much the dialogue with kindred spirits over great works of art and how they inspire us to soldier on with our own enterprise.

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  2. john Says:

    Also, you say you want to go back at a different time of day. I’d say that’s great, but I like the heavy shadow myself….I like how the stonework darkens there, it describes the form well……why not do several versions?…sort of like Monet and his haystacks at different hours of day. I love your jewelry store too, but that is another style of painting than the station..I prefer your plein- air stuff- more natural….the love comes through to the viewer!

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. I really plan to return to plein-air very soon. I just need to get some details out of the way first. Life is so busy this time of year with all these holiday matters.

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