Snowscape at Wayne White’s Ranch

Winter at Wayne's

Last winter in St. Louis, snow was everywhere.  I stayed as a guest at my friend Wayne White’s ranch west of St. Louis and was delighted at this view off his back deck.  I completed one watercolor sketch of the woods and fields, and then started this second one, but quit because it wasn’t going the way I wanted it to.   After a one-year hiatus, I got the idea this morning to add a row of mailboxes, deepen some shadows in the woods, complete some more snow shadows and then call it a painting.  I’m ready to look at a new project now.

I look at this and think of one of my favorite Robert Frost poems:

The woods are lovely, dark and deep

But I have promises to keep

And miles to go before I sleep

And miles to go before I sleep.

I return to school tomorrow for a work day.  Students will show up the day after.  The winter break is nearly over.  And I’ll probably recite that Robert Frost poem as a mantra in the months ahead.  I do resolve this time not to let school completely crowd out my discipline of completing new paintings.  I look ahead to the prospect of discovering new things as I continue to explore watercolor.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Snowscape at Wayne White’s Ranch”

  1. lesliepaints Says:

    Ha! I like mailbox paintings, David. 🙂 Always have been fascinated with them because I like getting letters, still. This is a unique take on a mailbox painting and I love the grandeur you have captured.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Leslie! I still die to receive snail mail myself. I’m glad for the speed of Internet communication, but I so love to open an envelope and hold the page in my hand and look at the penmanship. Mailboxes have always held my fancy, but I never tried painting them till this past year. Thanks again.

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