Recovering from the Holidays


Today we are going to Muse about making a painting.   If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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Recovering from the holidays.

And it was a time to play

And it was a time to play

Some years are quiet years.  We are with family and a few others and the holidays slide by like old friends, languid and undemanding.

This was not one of those years.  This was an on-the-go year, a never-slow-down year, a see-everyone-you-know-or thought-you-knew-or-might-possibly-like-to-know year.  Exhausting!

In the last five weeks we have attended a birthday party, seven dinners, two Christmas dinners, a New Years Eve party, a New Years Day Party, 2 croquet events and one three-day croquet tournament.  And, we hosted the Feast of Seven fishes on Christmas Eve.

I’m dragging.

Today it is raining.  That is not usual for our area this time of year, but it is welcome.  Gives us a pause.  Today I stayed away from the Croquet courts relaxing because of it.  Unfortunately, tomorrow, and the day next, I am scheduled  to take part in two croquet events . . . a member-guest match and then an inter-club challenge between the West Hampton Mallet Club and the Beach Club.  If it rains that won’t be ideal.

So I will show you a Painting

With all this going on, I still managed to produce a watercolor I am happy with.  I thought I would show some of the process and the result.

When I travel I take lots of photographs, pictures I can use as reference.  Most reside in the computer and come to nothing.  Occasionally I dredge one up and use it for inspiration. That is how my painting started.

I came across this photograph.




Its depth caught my attention.  Florida is flat and most places you cannot see further than across the street unless you are in the Everglades or on the water.  This drew me in. I liked the thrust of the street toward the houses on the crest.

There is a lot going on in this photograph, more than I wanted.  Cropping the photograph focused my attention.

Narrowing the view

Narrowing the view

This was much more to my liking.  But the color was a problem.  My plan was to create a unifying glow to my painting and the color was distracting.  So, I eliminated it.

Color -- Be Gone!

Color — Be Gone!

This was much better.

However,  I decided to narrow the focus even more because I wanted to  introduce a human element.  This is a great photograph but it  is all about darks and lights and intersecting lines.  This was not exactly the scaffold on which I wanted to hang my painting.

More to my Liking

More to my Liking

I cut it down to this.

The photographs are wonderful.  They stand on their own, especially the black and white compositions.   But in this case they were part of a process.

Now, it was a matter of painting, a whole subject in itself.

Here is the result.

Summer Sky

Summer Sky

more to come

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Books by Thomas L. Tribby Available
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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida



Fine Art America, a company is now offering Throw Pillows, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this link:
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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 Works available

Happy Hour

Happy Hour

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Blue Diva

Blue Diva

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Lady in Red

Lady in Red

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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