Making Progress on the Filling Station and Hudson

Archer City Progress

Archer City Progress

Every brush stroke diminishes the importance of the preceding one.

Henri Matisse

The day has been a relaxing one for watercoloring.  I’m moving slowly on this one, trying to make every brush stroke count.  I’m being careful with the Hudson, not sure exactly how to solve all its problems, particularly its color.  So far, I’m happy with it, though.  I’m also taking my time with the shadows on the stone building,layering them slowly, working carefully between warm and cool washes.  I still have decisions to make concerning the background and foreground.  The longer I linger over this, the more I’m enjoying it.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel that I am alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.



9 Responses to “Making Progress on the Filling Station and Hudson”

  1. Anna Cull Says:

    A very timely quote. Thank you!


  2. LucyJartz Says:

    Thanks for the insight. I’ll try to work more deliberately and see if it helps resolve a problem painting a scene where I am struggling. I love the quote, and will try to put it to heart this week.


  3. coreyaber Says:

    It’s great to see the Hudson! I have never really been a car guy, but I would love to drive one of those.


    • davidtripp Says:

      I couldn’t agree more. My father is a retired auto mechanic who could work on any kind of engine. I never learned any of those skills, to my regret. I wish I could work on vintage cars and drive them around. This one particularly fills my imagination with Kerouac stories.


  4. Xraypics Says:

    It’s progressing nicely. Love the wet-in-wet texture of the sky. The quote is very apposite. Tony


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Tony. I’ve really enjoyed the memories evoked by this setting. And I’m getting so much more from my reading lately as well. I keep trying to find ways to put the art and literature together.


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