Best of Show, Desoto Art League

Best of Show, Desoto Art League

Best of Show, Desoto Art League

My “Trinidad, Colorado Morning” just took Best of Show at the 2013 Desoto Art League Annual Art Show.  I was shell-shocked.  The quality of the works surrounding me was overwhelming.  They gave awards in the categories of Photography, Dry Media, Watercolor, Mixed Media, Oil & Acrylic, and 3-Dimensional art.  All the categories were so top-heavy in quality, that I didn’t feel much surprised to be passed over for all the places in watercolor.  I had no idea Best of Show had been set aside for me.  I’m quite numb tonight.

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29 Responses to “Best of Show, Desoto Art League”

  1. coreyaber Says:

    I remember following along as you were working on this painting and being fascinated with it, particularly the ghost signs. Well done and well deserved! I can see Jack and Neal hanging out by that building, leaned up against the hood of the Hudson talking about whatever and dreaming. In the back of the room as you received the award, their ghosts must have been yelling “that’s IT man IT!! He’s got IT!!!”
    Great painting.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Corey,
      Your post caused me to laugh and cry simultaneously. Thank you for paying me one of the most heart-touching compliments I could ever receive as an artist. I laugh and cry at the thought of Sal and Dean going ballistic to live bop music and trying to talk about it in the back seat of someone else’s car. I’m going to shop for images of a Hudson to paint. I can hardly wait. Thanks again, for always inspiring me.

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      • coreyaber Says:

        Glad to hear it. Those scenes in On the Road left an impression for me–in a reductionist way, that’s what I think of first when I think of the book (and the line about apple pie and ice cream, his staple food on his first trip out west, being nutritious), not all the underlying sadness. It was interesting reading Big Sur when I was out there last year. It gave a different sense of the place. On the one hand there was some fun in recognizing places from the book, making it more real, but the book leant a sadness to the place as well. I guess that’s part of what makes reading Kerouac so great– that constant tension between sadness and hope/excitement. Your painting conjured that because the place looked both timeless and dated, inviting and past its prime. It wasn’t just an artifact of a time gone by, but evidence of a time and a sense persisting. Being unpopulated, but with the continued human evidence, reinforced that for me. Again, well done.

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      • davidtripp Says:

        Excellent observations, thanks so much for sharing them with me. I got to see the original On the Road “scroll” on display in Austin, Texas several years back. They had about 100 feet of it rolled out, under glass. I believe it belongs to the owner of the Baltimore Ravens. Last weekend, I FINALLY got to see the new film On the Road. I cannot wait to own that one on DVD.

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  2. Rachel Carter Says:

    well it is awesome!!! 😀

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  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs Says:

    congratulations! your painting was quite deserving of that award! the painting is lovely!

    z

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  4. redharparts Says:

    Fantastic! Congratulations! It is an excellent painting.

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  5. pamcates Says:

    Wow, congratulations. I just started following your blog and really enjoying it. Your work speaks to me.

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  6. Deanna Tennent Masterson Says:

    Brilliant!! the way you painted the side of the building is rich with texture & expressing the passing of time. Well done!!!!

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you so much! The ghost signs had me ready to throw this painting across the room! I cannot believe still how many layers I applied, trying to make the wall look “right”. I really appreciate your comment, thank you.

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  7. Trapper Gale Says:

    Congratulations! Your painting is wonderful.

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  8. 1025manawagonish Says:

    Congratulations! You are a very good artist, of that there is no doubts and I like this blog of yours because it gives me an opportunity to admire your work. However, I have a question. When one wins an award, as you have often done, or when one’s work is displayed at a juried art show, your peers are the ones making the decision and your ability as an artist is the principal criteria. However, in art sales this many not be as important a determining factor as the emotional response by a buyer moves him/her to part with their money. Does that make sense to you? And, if so, should an artist be striving for emotional response?

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Wow, what an observation! I’m afraid of the ambiguity of my answer, because the bottom line is I’m not sure. I paint what moves me, and always hope/wish my work would move others. But for more than ten years now, I have wondered, how can one paint mood, or feeling, or emotion? I have loved the works of Edward Hopper and Andrew Wyeth, thinking their work truly evoked deep feelings, while my work seemed that of a bland illustrator. Yet, I read that those two men were plagued their entire lives with the fear that they would be regarded as illustrators rather than painters of feeling. That relaxed me greatly, and just led me to trust what I do, that if I’m emotionally involved in my subject, that there will be viewers who likewise feel that. Of course, not everyone (including a judge) will feel that. Thanks for giving me an opportunity to (try to) put this into words. Excellent observation.

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  9. BJR Says:

    So wonderful!!…happy for you! It is an amazing painting!! I enjoyed watching it’s progress here.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you so much for being a part of the “birthing” process of this work! I so appreciate you for watching it happen, and always offering encouragement.

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  10. jenniferalicechandler Says:

    Congratulations! 🙂

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  11. Jennifer West Says:

    Hi David, Love your painting and seeing how it progressed. My boyfriend, Dave Miller, owns the Savoy and we stay there when we are in Trinidad.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Jennifer. Painting that site was one of the highlights of my professional life. I’m glad you like the work. I cannot wait to see the Savoy again. I don’t get to Colorado as often as I used to, and regret that.

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      • Jennifer West Says:

        Hi David! My Dave talked to a reporter at one of the Trinidad newspapers, and he would be interested in doing an article about you and your work! Here’s his contact info:
        tenderbastard@gmail.com Scott Mastro at Freelance Reporter/News Reporter for the Trinidad Chronicle
        I will forward to him a link to your blog so he can contact you! If and when you come through Trinidad, you can stay at the Savoy! Dave refers to it as “The World’s Very Finest One Star Hotel!”

        Dave Miller and Jennifer West. Our phone number is 303-388-3231 (Denver, Colorado)!
        Best regards,
        Jen

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      • davidtripp Says:

        Thank you for the good word, Jennifer. I am very interested in discussing these matters with you, with Dave, or with the reporter from the Trinidad Chronicle. Thank you so much for looking at my work and responding the way you have.

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  12. Casey Southards Says:

    This a beautiful painting. We can not wait to see the Savoy up close. Looking forward to playing a lot of music.

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