A Full Day of Watercolor Activity

Wrapping Up a Full Day of Watercoloring Still Life

Wrapping Up a Full Day of Watercoloring Still Life

This will most likely be my final post of this day.  I am exhausted to the bone, having worked on this watercolor still life, with very little interruption, since 9:00 this morning.  I am glad that I made the decision to darken the upper-third of the composition, then to enrich the colors on the vintage suitcase below, and finally throw a shadow off to the right of the suitcase.  Finally, the arrangement seems to be taking on some drama, thanks to the contrasts.  I am getting closer to what I designed–that is, to create a darker, dimmer interior surrounding the subject matter, in hopes that the eye will go more willingly to the subject.

But boy, am I tired now!  I’m sorry I don’t have any interesting reading to post–I haven’t done any, save for the little bit of Hemingway biography this morning.  Maybe some reading tomorrow, when my eyes are open.

Thanks always for reading me.  And thanks to all of you who posted and emailed me today.  Your comments are always invaluable.



6 Responses to “A Full Day of Watercolor Activity”

  1. Shelley Says:

    Bravo for your artistic courage, which has paid off! My eye is indeed drawn more to the gathering of objects that make up the heart of the piece. The shadow from the suitcase seems just right, and the suitcase itself appears as photographic as the Canada Dry crate. The whole scene has warmed up and become “real”. Enjoy your well-earned rest this evening.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Wow, thank you so much for your kind remarks. I’m delighted to know that the viewer’s eye is going to the nexus of the composition. And I am very proud of the suitcase and the Canada Dry crate–both were real breakthroughs for me. Thank you for publishing your comments.


  2. artsifrtsy Says:

    Wow – that darkening is really pushing the eye down and that suitcase is really coming along. I think the darkening makes the shadows of the fishing rods so much more dramatic.


  3. Xraypics Says:

    Great composition. Love the way the shadows pull the eye centrally. That skillet is a masterpiece and the old suitcase sits perfectly in the shadows. The picture is coming along really well. Tony


    • davidtripp Says:

      Man, I really appreciate your comments, thank you. This has been one of the most satisfying days I ever recall in studio. I approached today’s task with fear and trepidation, and am glad that I did not shrink from doing what needed to be done. Thanks so much for your kind affirmation.


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