Art Still Has Truth. Seek Refuge There

Completed Still Life

Completed Still Life

The title of this post appears above one of the portals of the Saint Louis Art Museum.  I have seen it since my high school years, and it still stays with me.  The title, cut into the stone of the building to resemble an ancient Roman inscription appears as follows:



Today, I also have the late Rollo May’s sentiment on my heart:

Beneath our loquacious chatter, there is a silent language of our whole being which yearns for art and the beauty from which art comes.

Rollo May, My Quest for Beauty

Tomorrow, I return to the classroom, and not with a heavy heart.  Teaching has been my passion for over twenty years, but I must say openly that I have enjoyed the silence of the holidays, and the long hours of solitude in the Man Cave, painting.  I have also enjoyed the armchair with great reading and heartfelt journaling.  Tomorrow, voices will begin to fill my weekdays once again.  So, it is fitting that I finished this 28 x 22″ still life this afternoon, which has marked my holiday season.  I am glad to sign it and move it aside.  There is more art waiting to emerge from the abyss.

Kindred spirits who have written me the past two days, and conversations I have enjoyed over the holiday have stirred me with a host of new ideas that I am ready to explore.  And I resolve to paint daily (also read daily), and not allow my school responsibilities to eliminate what actually renews me day by day.

Thanks for reading.

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19 Responses to “Art Still Has Truth. Seek Refuge There”

  1. trikatykid Says:

    I know I wrote this yesterday, but today’s posts reaffirms that I am very glad I found your blog. What/where do you teach?

    I think I am going to pull out the water colors and do a little experimenting myself. Maybe you could teach me a thing or two. Nothing overwhelming as we both have many other things on our plates.

    Enjoy your first day back!



    • davidtripp Says:

      So splendid to hear from you, Katy. I teach art history, philosophy and senior English at Martin High School, Arlington, Texas. I teach plenty of watercolor workshops to adults as well, and give private lessons too. I’ll gladly share anything online with you that you want to know, will answer any and all questions. I love talking about watercolor, and passing on anything I have learned about it in my own experience. I’m glad we connected. Have fun when you get out your watercolors, paint away, and ask away, if you wish. I would be excited to know how you are doing in that endeavor. Thanks so much for talking to me.


  2. artsifrtsy Says:



  3. Linda Halcomb Says:

    Wonderful post and painting. Sounds like you have a definite New Year’s resolution there. Good luck – can’t wait to see the results.


  4. inkspeare Says:

    I love the way you painted this. I am starting to experiment with watercolors, and hope that one day, my paintings will look as wonderful and beautiful as yours does 🙂


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. I still have a long way to go, but am really enjoying the watercolor odyssey. I cannot seem to learn fast enough, but I still chip away at it. Best of luck in your adventures, and thank you for reaching out to me. I am following your blog.


  5. Merry Insouciant Says:

    I came across your blog through Fresh Pressed (Freshly Pressed? I can never remember), read through a host of entries and came away charmed by your writing and your art. I look forward to following your work.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for reading me and looking at my work. I am now following you as well. I’m delighted that we have a forum where we can express ourselves now, freely, through the word and through images. Best to you and your endeavors.


  6. Frances antoinette Says:

    I like the last sentence. In light the busy-ness of the holidays ending and work starting, I have not been able to read quietly with a nice book. The last sentence reminded me to make time for something that really renews me.


    • davidtripp Says:

      I have had some difficulty reading as well. I did get in some quality reading on the train this weekend, seeing that I was confined for 32 hours total. But tonight, I had that same old dilemma–do I read a good book or paint? Did not have time for both, chose to paint (and blog) this time.


  7. julzH Says:

    Thank you for following my blog. It’s an honour. Amazing work. I saw your pieces in recollections54 too. But I like that you write here.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Oh, thank you. I was just talking on the phone to an English Professor friend this evening, and we talked about the mingling of painting and writing. I do enjoy both worlds so much, and really work at the writing aspect. I want to support the visuals with words that mean something. So thank you for what you just wrote. I am so delighted to have found your blog as well.


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