Images that Evoke Memories

Scat Jazz Lounge, Fort Worth, Texas

Scat Jazz Lounge, Fort Worth, Texas

Every true artist has been inspired more by the beauty of lines and color and the relationships between them than by the concrete subject of the picture.

Piet Mondrian

A few years ago, I paused one night in a Fort Worth alley and photographed the lighted sign of this sub street-level jazz club.  Finally I am getting around to painting it, because the brightness of the lights and color against the smoky brick walls attracted my attention, and took my imagination back to my pre-literate childhood.  

My father worked at a Chevrolet dealership on Kingshighway in St. Louis when I was a small child. I cannot shake those memories of the lit-up signs downtown that I was not yet old enough to read. And I still recall those smoke-stained brick walls everywhere, colored by the downtown smog. The eyes of my memory still can see the signs, hear the traffic, and smell the stench of burn barrels on virtually every corner of that working-class district.  

The first time I saw Piet Mondrian’s Broadway Boogie-Woogie, I knew I wanted to attempt to paint neon signs and light bulb signs in watercolor.  The clash of the primay colors was always scintillating to my visual perceptions.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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2 Responses to “Images that Evoke Memories”

  1. LucyJartz Says:

    The quote is intriguing. For my daily walk paintings, anything that captures my attention can inspire a painting to practice emphasizing lines, colors or textures. Other times the subject is more specific and I use techniques I learned from those eyecatchers. Choosing which way to communicate is comparable to using allusions and figures of speech in literature.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Wow, that is an insightful comment, Lucy! Thank you. I have been trying to tie literary and visual art theory together since I read ideas about Imagism from Pound, Eliot, Williams and Hemingway. I cannot say I’ve made much headway, but I’m always thinking about ways to connect those two. Thank you so much for that observation.

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