Are there Meanings behind the Images?

Still Life with Ammo Crate

Still Life with Ammo Crate

The everyday things we live with are so beautiful and no one realizes it.

Andy Warhol

Temperatures reached 30 degrees this morning, with a real feel considerably lower.  The Man Cave was freezing, and I got so close to the space heater that I wondered if my sweater would catch fire.  Still I enjoyed rendering in watercolor the ammunition crate at the bottom of this composition.  My few attempts at painting wooden structures in watercolor have not reached my level of satisfaction, but this one is coming along better, it seems.  I’m focusing on the oil stains and grime that have soiled the surface over the years–the box actually smells as if it once contained oil cans. I also found it a pleasurable experience, lettering upside down.  The letters actually became abstract objects for drawing, and I hope they’ll come out looking O.K.  I could have turned the picture upside down, but chose not to.   I now realize that the crate needs to be re-aligned–something I did not notice with the initial line drawing, but can see all-too-well now that there is pigment blocking in the cubic shape.  I’ll fix that after I warm up and return to the freezing studio.

Recently I’ve been trying to discern the distinctions between Andy Warhol’s Pop images and Andrew Wyeth’s still lifes from Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania and Cushing, Maine.  My own sentiments have sought connections between those two artists and the Imagist writers that include Joyce, Eliot, Pound, Hemingway and Williams.  Of course, I am looking at those magnificent works over against my own attempts with painting and writing about subjects charged with memories from my past.  I like to browse antique stores and museums so that I can remember things that were important to me growing up.  And now, more recently in still life painting, I am doing the same.

With delight, I finally finished Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast last night.  Now I am back into the biography I started of him a few weeks ago, written by Carlos Baker.  I enjoy reading about Hemingway’s disciplined focus on writing during the morning hours.  It inspires me to set an alarm (as I did at 7 this morning) and enter the studio as soon as possible to focus on the painting enterprise.  Hemingway was satisfied if he completed a good paragraph after a morning’s work.  So also I feel satisfied if I painted only one good object after the morning has passed.  School begins next week, and I really must find some kind of a schedule that will allow me to continue making art on a consistent basis.

This morning I was notified by that they have selected my January 1 post, “Peeling Back the Layers” to post on their homepage under “Freshly Pressed.”  That announcement knocked the wind out of me, as I have admired the blog posts on “Freshly Pressed” over the past year, and wondered how those bloggers were fortunate enough to be posted prominently that way.  I never dreamed that such fortune could come my way, and I am still breathless with gratitude.  Thank you, WordPress!

And thanks to all of you who read me.

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4 Responses to “Are there Meanings behind the Images?”

  1. BJR Says:

    I’m so happy for you! Life needs these take-away-the-breath moments!…it spurns us onward, doesn’t it?? Enjoy!! As for my art…I’m in resting mode right now, but my mind isn’t! All sorts of idea’s are forming…and when I’m rested, they’ll take form!! (Lupus is causing the resting mode…but I’ll pick up my pen and brush again before long.) Until then…I enjoy others art…like yours!



    • davidtripp Says:

      BJR. I’m sorry the lupus has you inactive, but delighted to hear that your creative mind is percolating new ideas. I wish you a speedy recuperation and great joy when you take up the pen and brush again. Thank you for being so gracious to me with your comments. I really appreciate you.


  2. anna warren portfolio Says:

    I saw your work on Freshly Pressed and it took me through the progress of your painting. Although I do love the enigma of unfinished work I am loving the development of the piece, as well as enjoying your thoughtful, philosophical musings.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Anna. I often worry about boring my readers with long series of works-in-progress, but I really don’t want to blog once a week or once every two weeks, while waiting to finish the next watercolor. I try to blog at least once daily, and I just cannot paint that fast!


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