Picking up the Brush Again

Historic Church

It has been more than three weeks since I last posted, since I last took up the watercolor brush.  Much has happened around me that has impeded my work and desire to pursue watercolor.  I’m trying to find my way back.

I’m glad that summer school has ended, and I have a little under two weeks before reporting back to school for the fall term.  During this interim, I did allow myself a short vacation, read a great deal of great literature, and scribbled many pages in my personal journal.

I look forward to getting back into plein air activity, but with Texas offering triple-digit temperatures daily, it appears that that is going to have to wait awhile longer.  Going through my archives, I have selected some historic church sites that I have photographed in my travels over the years, and thought I would give this one a try.  This church sits in the historic district of Leadville, Colorado, and I have photographed it on two different occasions while visiting that mountain town.  I am using my laptop to view the image as closely as I can, and truly regret that I am not on the actual premises (it would probably be just as cool outside there as it is inside my air-conditioned home here!).  But, we work with what we have.

As I resume this blog, I am having serious thoughts about sharing what I’ve been reading the past few weeks from Henry David Thoreau, as I read from his Journal and from his Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers.  After all, it is Thoreau and his writings that have given me this impetus to pick up the brush again.  And for that, I am grateful to this beautiful man.

Thanks for reading.  I’ll be back tomorrow with progress on this 8 x 10″ watercolor sketch.  Today is my first day back in the studio, and I’m glad for this moment.

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4 Responses to “Picking up the Brush Again”

  1. Sue Kuda Says:

    I missed reading your blogs. Glad you have picked up your pen and brush. Also glad you have a couple of more weeks before school responsibilites begin. I am already hard at work. Students officially begin Thursday, but my job requires me to start August 1. But I LOVE it….it keeps me young!


  2. BJR Says:

    I have missed reading your thoughts and I’m so glad you were able to pick up your brush again. I enjoy your art and writing so much! I picked up my drawing pen again yesterday, after 3 weeks. Felt good! Have a good day and enjoy your time before school starts!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, BJR. So, we both laid it down for 3 weeks, eh? You’re right. It does feel very, very good to be back at work on it again. Good luck with your creative endeavors.


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