Fourth of July Painting


Family is starting to arrive for our Fourth of July cookout, so I’m posting what I’ve done so far today.  Working on details becomes so tedious that I frequently turn my attention to reading and writing, taking breaks from the watercolor.  The biography on Cezanne is amazing, as I’m reading now of how captivated he was in his scrutiny of inanimate objects.  I have always felt that unusual draw, as inanimate objects hold my attention. Recently, it is all these steam locomotives that I have been photographing in Palestine, Texas and St. Louis, Missouri.  Throughout this day, I have pored over the minute, exacting details of the portrait of this old #610 Texas and Pacific loco of which I’ve already attempted an earlier painting.

I enjoy our all-too-rare family gatherings, and hope that posting this blog will bring a sense of release so that I don’t sit quietly thinking over it while others are trying to visit. I’ve always struggled between the private and social moments of my day-to-day existence.

Thanks for reading and happy Fourth of July!

2 Responses to “Fourth of July Painting”

  1. Xraypics Says:

    Cezanne’s composition has always fascinated me; the ability to ignore scientific perspective, flatten the picture plane and reverse that funnelling effect, and then he used colour to control the three dimensions. He understood the interplay between positive and negative space, could distort planes within his picture without losing credibility – his famous bent table tops! Sadly, although he knew he was a genius his paranoia prevented him recognising that other people could see that too.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Tony, your explication of Cezanne’s compositional features is much more lucid than my attempts have been! Like Hemingway, I often have to acknowledge that my regard for Cezanne exceeds my ability to describe. 🙂

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