Quick Trip to the Fort Worth Stockyard District

Fort Worth Stockyard District

Fort Worth Stockyard District

Five times a second or so, in common moments, we freeze-frame the most plausible reality we can from what’s available.  Five times a second an electrical wave washes across our brain and we paint the foreground, mute the background, and thereby see, hear, taste, smell, feel the breeze on our skin.  Several times per heartbeat, over and over from birth to death, we each separate the specific from the general, the figure from the ground, and decide which shape is the mushroom (or the field mouse or the lost contact lens) and which is not.  We fit together the pieces that we can, and set aside the rest.

Ted Orland, The View From the Studio Door

Several friends over the years have recommended that I paint the New Isis Theater in north Fort Worth.  Late this afternoon, with temperatures hovering near the triple digits, I journeyed to the Fort Worth Stockyard District, and photographed the New Isis on North Main from several different angles.  But the time of day was wrong, and the entire theater was in shadow and low light.  So, I started shooting the commercial facades across the street as they sweltered in the setting sun.  I shot a number of photos of interesting ghost signs that I just may pursue soon.  But in the midst of it all, this single portal arrested my attention because of the brightness of the sun on it, the smoggy window pains, and the abuse I saw all over the surface of the door.

By the time I got back home, the hour was drawing late, and I felt the fatigue of the day pulling at me (I taught summer school this morning, 7:35-12:45).  I blocked out an 8 x 10″ picture plane and worked a little over an hour on this before stopping.  There is much refinement waiting to be done, but I have the basic washes in place, and even managed to drybrush some of the textures.  I’m looking forward to getting after the New Isis under good sun.  Perhaps tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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15 Responses to “Quick Trip to the Fort Worth Stockyard District”

  1. Mary MacGowan Says:

    i very much enjoy what you have, here. please reconsider! you can leave it “unfinished.” it’s just lovely as-is!

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Mary. I’m taking a second look at this, and just may leave it as is, and begin another. I could always compare the two results. Thanks for your observation and encouragement.

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      • Mary MacGowan Says:

        well, you are a beautiful artist, so whatever you paint will be great. lately i’ve been looking at art journals, which often include half finished paintings and the written word about the day or the place, so that was probably influencing me.

        be well!

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      • davidtripp Says:

        Thank you for that observation, Mary. It’s always bothered me that I never got into the watercolor/sketchbook/journal habit. My blog is somewhat of an answer to that gap, but still I wish to keep some kind of hand-held, handwritten, watercolor tablet/sketchbook/diary. I admire them so much from other artists, including many of my personal friends who keep them. Maybe this will be my first of this genre. Thank you for the idea.

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  2. Carrie Grifith Says:

    I cant wait to see the painting of the New ISIS. My sister has several great shots of our fathers theater. Hopefuly I can find my copies and send them to you.

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  3. Deanna Tennent Masterson Says:

    Wonderful warmth …I can feel the late sun….it’s perfect already! I would love to see another ‘abused’ door! There’s something about them that just grabs you.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Deanna. I’ve done some “abused” doors over the past few months, but always in my climate-controlled studio. This is the first time I actually photographed a door in the blazing heat (but worked from the photo last night). Texas is a “hell” state in the summer, and I just may collect a few more of these images while the heat is on, so to speak. Thank you so much for your encouragement.

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      • Deanna Tennent Masterson Says:

        You’re welcome, David. A photography mentor always would say to me…”less is more”…..i think you do that so well. right now Florida is like living inside an oven, too! the humidity is something awful.

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      • davidtripp Says:

        “Less is More”–that is the hardest maxim for me to apply in watercolor, though I really appreciate it in others’ work.

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  4. BJR Says:

    I love the deep shadows on the door!…and yes, one can feel the sun! I love it as is, but then I am a sketchbook artist, too, so I love the partial unfinished look. (I just finished a completed drawing…so I do the finished ones, too.) I’ve enjoyed all I’ve been seeing here.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, BJR. I really struggle with that unfinished look, though I have loved it in the Andrew Wyeth drybrush sketches for decades. I just seem to lack courage to stand on my own work that way. But I shall give it a try. I just love the “sketchbook” look and would love to go in that direction.

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  5. jwfjaime Says:

    Dear David…Enjoyed the comments here. Very instructive and encouraging in many ways. All of us who attempt to create something out of ideas and emotions have a difficult time with that balancing act of “less is more.” I too return to Hemingway’s credo. The imagery is the goal it seems. Now, I used too many words and gone beyond the credo. Enjoyed our talk today so very much. Love your many recent works.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Jim–so sorry I did not post your comment sonner (you were spammed 🙂 . . . I so appreciated our phone conversation and look forward to seeing you very soon. I’m still painting up a storm, but haven’t stopped long enough to post my new stuff on the blog. I plan to later today. Thanks so much for the conversations you drive that combine theory, philosophies, art, literature–all those fascinating facets of the life you and I share.

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  6. techchallengedmillenial Says:

    Love your stuff! I would love to chat with you about a feature opportunity for a travel blog. Please feel free to email me lidia.m@theworldspa.com

    Look forward to hearing from you!

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