Thinking About Closure

Drybrush of Vintage Door

I’m seriously considering placing an 8 x 10″ matte on this and declaring it “finished.”  I only have about an hour invested in it, maybe 90 minutes.  I didn’t time myself this time.  I won’t be able to work on it the rest of this week, because I leave for school before daylight, and return when it’s almost dark.  I was depending on the natural light outdoors, rather than studio lamps.  I liked the clean, northern light that was on the door as I sketched it.

I have looked at a number of Andrew Wyeth drybrush “vignettes” and have often been just as fascinated with all the empty void throughout the composition as I have his tightly detailed focus areas.  So, I think I might just call this a “drybrush sketch” and be done with it.  That way, I can start fresh on a new one of this same subject, and perhaps push the details further on it.

It’s been a great day.  Thanks for sharing it with me.

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8 Responses to “Thinking About Closure”

  1. Shelley Says:

    I like the high degree of contrast left by just the suggestion of weathered wood surrounded by the bright whiteness of the door. I’m no expert but I think your instincts are on the mark, David.


  2. B. Ratzloff Says:

    Looks just right, I agree. It takes me back to my grandpa’s in Kansas…(their front door was just like this…knob and lock)…except grandpa was a “painting man.” He’d even repaint his porch floor every year!…so his front door was pristine. But it takes me back there! BJR


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, BJR. I don’t think my grandparents ever painted a door! I’m used to the sun-blistered, weathered look on these kinds of doors. All the ones stored in my studio have that appearance. Thanks for looking, and responding.


  3. Turnbull Chapter - CAHS Says:

    Hi! I really like the simplicity of the design and colouring of the doors but find the dark mass of the door jamb disturbing. It attracts a lot of attention and offer little information. Would it be possible to lessen it’s importance, say with a lower value and some vague background shapes that would allow the viewer to glance at it and go elsewhere?

    Pierre Vachon


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thanks for the comment, Pierre. I’ll take it into consideration with my next attempt. With my past attempts, it seemed that no amount of detail, no matter how exacting, would draw viewers in for a closer look unless there was some kind of contrasting relief. For this overall composition, I was thinking of a few Abstract Expressionists (Kline and Newman mostly), trying to put some kind of field around the square lock box instead of leaving a dark shape in the middle of all that light.


  4. thelittleleaf Says:

    I love it – nice work 🙂


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