New Year’s Eve, Morning Musings

Still Life over Morning Coffee

Still Life over Morning Coffee

For nature is not always tricked in holiday attire, but the same scene which yesterday breathed perfume and glittered as for the frolic of the numphs is overspread with melancholy today.  Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature

I was awakened in the pre-dawn by my cat chasing spooks throughout the house.  An aging cat, I had not seen or heard him sprint across the house in over a year.  He made up for it this morning, and finally I had to get up.  It was impossible to return to sleep.

It is 40 degrees outside, dark and wet with the rain.  Stepping out into the cold to put the trash at the curb, I recalled the Emerson thought posted above, and was glad to realize that such weather is not dampening my spirit today.  New Year’s Eve always turns me pensive, but not depressive.  I am grateful to be alive, grateful to have a creative surge welling up within me, grateful to be surrounded with great books and another week of holiday before returning to school.

On dark, cold, overcast, rainy days, a man such as I could just as easily feel a sinking depression as he could feel the desire to put on a pot of coffee, open a book, or begin a new watercolor.  Today, it is the latter for me.

I put my watercolor on an easel in the bedroom last night, beside my writing desk, so I could look at it until I fell asleep.  And, in the same vein as Hemingway’s sentiments, I was glad that I had stopped painting right in the middle of something that really held my interest.  It will make it easier to return today.

However, I hear Thoreau whispering through the darkness, and I know that I must linger awhile longer over his Journal.  So to the Journal I return, and then perhaps to a first draft of my own New Year’s Resolutions (I usually have them underway before now), and then, back to the Cave to paint.

What a splendid morning for inspiration!  Thanks for reading.

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4 Responses to “New Year’s Eve, Morning Musings”

  1. Jane Newton Says:

    Happy painting, David! Love the Emerson quote… really fits here today (New England). Eight inches of snow arrived Saturday, and it is gray today, but beautiful. Continuing my Molly portrait. I find that I’m more objective about my work when I look at it the next day. Sometimes I have some answers that I didn’t have at the time. Thanks for being so inspiring!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Bless you, Jane, and Happy New Year! New England! I am soooo jealous! Texas is not interesting. I miss the snow that I knew all-too-well while living in St. Louis. I hope your painting today is sublime, and I appreciate your good will in wishing the same for me. What a great age to be alive, yes?


  2. Original Chicago Garage Builder Says:

    I swear cats and dogs can see ghosts, or are genetically just crazy. Stay unique and enjoy the new year.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Believe me, the cat was just getting warmed up. I have another blog draft in the hopper that I haven’t yet edited and published. The little beast punctuated a significant Hemingway moment with yet another one of his missteps.


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