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Another Old Shipman Home

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Also in Shipman Va. there are some older homes that have collapsed due to age and weatherization of the with which they are built. There was this one which I used as a subject for this canvas that had the railroad track right next to it. I painted it with homes of bringing some life back into it. Its color was such that the only remaining colors where a bleached wood with some indigo blue and a black/brown combination. So I played with it and this was the result. I am thankful it was still standing because it seems to be on its way out.

Shipman Va. (a large oil painting)

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There is a small town ten or eleven miles south of where I live that I go through on my way to Lovingston. Its a small railroad crossing town called Shipman. There is a post office and a old livery shop and some homes. There are also some old Railroad Warehouse buildings that still remain but are unused at the present time. The other buildings are kept up well yet some are falling into the ground debilitated and crumbling. These were no doubt signs of a loftier times when the railroad was depended upon to a greater extent. I chose to paint the remaining ones that have been kept in better shape. The highway is used by many people, its just that most simply pass threw rather than stop for business.

"Excel Station on Salem Rd" an oil

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The county-side near Schuyler has a lot of history embedded in it. A gas station at the end of a road for example is over grown and out of commission as far as being a place of potential business. It does stand out from its surroundings with its red and white signage plus the still standing building with its full color. It actually looked like someone had gone to the trouble of painting it recently yet it still is uninhabited by any visible owner. Yet it stands colorful and proud alone in the woods. It as a major undertaking to paint, yet it reveled itself to be worthy of my effort with brush and palette. The color worked well using cool colors for the shadows. Under the overhang covering over the pumps and the doorway area I used warm colors (reds and oranges and greens) for the reflected light of the earth under the roof. I used sunthicken oil for the sky working it over a couple of times to get the richness of the contrast between clouds and skyblue. Overall it …

"Mudhouse": Crozet's version

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The Crozet's version of the Mudhouse caught my eye as a well balanced calm building. I liked how their iconic color choices blend so well with the brickwork of the Crozet coffeehouse. Every time I've been in the Crozet area and have seen the building I've set my mind to come back and paint it. Now, I finally got it together enough to do a canvas of it. It fits my style of work very very well, I sized it up, got into working the colors and wouldn't you know I came out with this painting of "the Crozets' Mudhouse" Its of a moderate size canvas and the drawing of the Mudhouse fit the canvas size well enough that I felt good with the first rendering of it with brown umber. I took more time in blending the colors I wanted, I was much more selective about it that I normally have been and I think I ought to continue on this way of blending the paint on a fresh paper pallet rather than working it from my loaded one. The loaded pallet is good f…

The making of the painting "The Fife House"

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Here is an example of how I start off a painting with a drawing in burnt umber using a brush to draw it in with, then I go over it with the colors I want to use. This particular one is of a former mayor's house in a wooded area of the city not far from the University grounds and Hospital. The family of the Fife's is to whom I write about, they both (husband and wife) became Mayors of Charlottesville some time before I arrived here. There house was designed and built with the same labors' who built Monticello they just came into town and hired out their talents for private contracts to whomever would employ them. The Fife family did so and this house which still stands today inside a wooded lot on Cherry Ave and 10th Street. I lived for years in the area of it and never even knew it existed until lately due to the woods that surround it. But here you can see how I work in a brown to figure out what belongs where and then once I get it all 'sized in' a…

An oil of: "10 St. and Wertland Ave.n' Charlottesville"

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Another older building is somewhat expected when viewing a J Trippel site of artwork. I can't help it I like painting buildings of Charlottesville. Someone at the art center I belong to said "are we going to have more building facades coming in" so although I felt slighted some, I saw the point. I do buildings a lot. So much that a book is in the works because I do so many buildings. But more about that in the future once it is done that is (the book), for now I like to put something other than just a building, I am adding characters because of that comment. I felt the person who said that had come merit to what she was saying. Buildings are places where people dwell and work and such. I felt they should be include in my canvases somehow, without taking too much away from my structures. That's why the guys on scooters. The scooter idea is a new one for Charlottesville, its in an experimental stage with two companies putting them out in public place…

Highland Ash Lawn: James Monroe's Plantation

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The home of James Monroe was built nearby that of Thomas Jefferson. Its goes by the name "Ash Lawn Highland". Its but a couple of miles away from Jefferson's Monticello. Monroe lived on this land for twenty four years (1801 until 1825 when he was forced to sell it). Today the plantation is owned by the College of William and Mary. This painting is of the main house which has an extension added on to it behind this front building. There are also a good number of smaller buildings behind it meant to support what went on inside the main house. I imagine those out buildings behind the main house were used as wine cellers, and added kitchens with perhaps quarters for small animals for fresh groceries and perhaps a stables. The grounds around front feature a good number of large trees, they were no doubt smaller at the time of Monroe's living here. The trees lining the drive up to the house (it is said) were planted by Monroe himself. Today those trees are…