Finishing the Archer City Filling Station

Archer City Filling Station and Hudson

Archer City Filling Station and Hudson

Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty.  It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.

Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

I feel that this watercolor may be finished, though I have yet to sign it.  This afternoon I took a long look at it, made some compositional notes in my journal, returned later, and added only what I had suggested in the journal: darkening the ground  between the building and Hudson, completing the jutting piece of property to the left of the building, completing foliage in the left background, rendering the shingled roof, applying washes of color to the right of the Hudson, finishing the crepe myrtle tree behind the building.  The painting looked much different (and better) to me after those tweakings.  Now I’ll lay it aside for a few days or weeks and decide later if anything else needs to be done.

In response to the quote from Leopold (I’m still trying to finish that book that I started reading years ago!), I’m fascinated with nature and what exactly it is that we consider “beautfiul.”  As stated in an earlier blog, I myself love to look at gnarled dead trees, the kinks in their branches, and the myriad of limbs that dissolve into the sky. No doubt I did more work on the dead trees to the left rear of the gas station than any other single part of this painting, though I doubt sincerely if viewers will even as much as look at that part, which is alright with me.  As a painter, I have never obsessed with what the viewer finds attractive in any of my compositions, so long as the viewer finds the painting worth a second look.

Perhaps tomorrow I can attack the large composition of the Fort Worth Sinclair station I visited yesterday.  I had planned on doing that today, but could not obtain some of the supplies needed to start the painting.  Hopefully tomorrow.

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.

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10 Responses to “Finishing the Archer City Filling Station”

  1. Xraypics Says:

    Ah, it’s looking much more grounded. The crepe myrtle is very recogniseable. My mother called it Pride of India. Tony


  2. djdfr Says:

    First I saw the sky, then the roof, then the tree. So, yes, at least this viewer looked at the tree. 🙂


  3. lifeofawillow Says:

    I love the colors on this.


  4. Bonnie Says:

    Is everything ok?? Just wondering….


    • davidtripp Says:

      Hi Bonnie! Yes, things are fine (but busy). I had to close my blinds a week ago (I depend on the natural, northern lights) because my A/C had problems and I couldn’t let the Texas sun flood my house and heat it up worse. Then school responsibilities kicked back in and I found absolutely no time for watercoloring. The A/C was fixed yesterday and I painted late last night and early this morning before school. I will be blogging later today! Thanks so much for “missing” me! 🙂


  5. lesliepaints Says:

    I noticed your trees. I chuckle that you said you spent the most time on them because I’d still be working on that car!


    • davidtripp Says:

      I’m amused to hear that. In former days, I spent hours and hours on a single car. Now I put very little work into them, and they actually look better. But trees are a different matter . . .


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