Watercolor of the Ridglea Theater Finished

Ridglea Theater, Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth

It is rewarding to rise early on Sunday morning, enter the studio, and complete a large painting that has been in progress for a few weeks.  This is a 28 x 22″ composition of the historic Ridglea Theater on Camp Bowie Blvd. in west Fort Worth.  It is undergoing renovation now as the new owner wants to obtain historical status for this magnificent structure.

I didn’t move to Texas until 1977, so I have no early “vintage” experiences with this venue.  However, I am proud that I viewed Casa Blanca here on its 50th anniversary.  I also saw my first Coen brothers film here, Miller’s Crossing, and though I knew absolutely nothing about the Coen brothers at that time, I knew I had seen a film that was remarkably different from any genre I had viewed before.  I also saw A River Runs Through It at this venue.  So, I have some terrific memories filled with gratitude involving this theater.

Thanks for reading.


8 Responses to “Watercolor of the Ridglea Theater Finished”

  1. harmonyandartford Says:

    I love following your watercolor painting at they progress along. I also enjoy the nostalgia notes that bring back my own memories that are buried deep in the recesses of my mind. Especially the one of the service station and the bell that would ding when the car ran over it!!! What memories! Keep up the great work!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you so much! I love re-telling these stories from my own past memories, and am thrilled every time someone reading these blogs recalls those same experiences. Thanks for the encouragement.


  2. Great Caeser's Ghost Says:

    I’d like to buy a print of this. I worked at the Ridglea in the 80’s, and this watercolor brings me so much joy. Is that something you do?


  3. davidtripp Says:

    Great! I’m in my gallery in Palestine for the rest of the week. The print is at my home studio 2 hours away. I won’t be back till Sunday. The print measures approximately 22″h x 17.5″w. It sells for $70. Shipping is $10 extra if I can’t deliver in person.


  4. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you. I’ll reach out Sunday when I’m home.


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