Musing Over Watershed Moments

Organizing Inventory for Upcoming Art Festival

Organizing Inventory for Upcoming Art Festival

There is the new movement.  There always has been the new movement and there always will be the new movement.  It is strange that a thing which comes as regularly as clockwork should always be a surprise.

In new movements the pendulum takes a great swing, charlatans crowd in, innocent apes follow, the masters make their successes and they make their mistakes as all pioneers must do.  It is necessary to pierce to the core to get at the value of a movement and not be confused by its sensational exterior.

Robert Henri, The Art Spirit

As a perpetual idealist, I have known the exhilaration of recording a life filled with new movements, first movements, watershed moments, epiphanies and fresh beginnings.  As an aging student of history, I still feel my blood stirred when I read of pivot points in the history of ideas, art and litetature.  Though my blog posts have fallen off of late, my mind has not.  I am still recovering from a lingering illness, and the daily school routine along with the art business have taken all my prime time for a couple of weeks now.  I have been storing my daily ideas and readings in my handwritten journals, but have struggled to shape them into blog posts, with the daily schedule getting crazier.  I begin a three-day art festival tomorrow (Friday), and then go straight into a week-long plein air painting event, and enter into yet another art competition.  The following week, I close out school for the semester and launch a two-day watercolor workshop.  The week after, I launch a week-long watercolor workshop.  When I return for that, I begin teaching summer school for the duration of the summer.  No rest for the sick.  In the past forty-eight hours, I have framed five new watercolors, matted and sleeved about a dozen more, and have created over thirty new greeting cards with my watercolor images and newly-composed texts.

Despite all the industry, I am stirred up with new thoughts, new aspirations for painting and pursuing new compositions.  This three-day weekend, I will enjoy the art public as I sit in my booth during the festival (The Levitt Pavilion in Arlington, Texas opens its music season Friday night).  And during slack times, I will be recording new thoughts in the journal for what I wish to engage next.  On Monday, I get to pursue my painting passion with abandon (Paint Historic Waxahachie, Texas).  To consolidate my energy, I have been retiring to bed about three hours earlier than normal.  I just cannot seem to get enough rest, and still am not back to full strength.  I certainly don’t want to “cave” when the plein air season hits next week.  I’ll be doing school every day and painting every evening.

Following the spirit of Robert Henri, I am excited about this chance to “pierce to the core” of the movement that is currently carrying me, examining it for its value.  I’m ready to put this school term behind me and enjoy some quiet space in which I can scrutinize this art enterprise, and get a sense of what I am doing.  Below is one of the five new paintings I’ve framed.  I’m looking forward to putting it before the public view at the Levitt Pavilion tomorrow.

Warm, Proustian Screen Door Memories

Warm, Proustian Screen Door Memories

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal because I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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13 Responses to “Musing Over Watershed Moments”

  1. reid rogers Says:

    Sharing that lingering malaise of an illness. If it sticks around any longer I’ll make it a pet and give it a name! Fortunately for me I can still play guitar when ill. May not want to, but I can. Lilabeth invited me to Sat nites events at Levitt but unfortunately I have prior commitment. FYI it’s Lil’s birthday Saturday so make sure to wish her a happy one. No promises but if work ends early enough Friday or I can make Sunday work I’ll come by to chat you up and scare off any potential customers. Looking forward to seeing your latest work David and sharing conversation about our mutual interests.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Sorry it took so long to get back to you. This darned fatigue is getting old, making me feel old. The festival went quite well, though I still feel weak from all I had to put into it. Now the Waxahachie gig is pulling at me. But I haven’t quit yet, just trimmed my hours back somewhat. Can’t wait for the chance to see you again, Reid.

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  2. Xraypics Says:

    You sure have a busy week ahead of you. Best of luck. As for post influenza blues – what a bore, I can only wish you well, hope you continue to recover. Do you cut the mattes yourself – and the framing is that all your own work? There’s a nice little arrow on the left side of your painting that directs the eye in through to the other side of the screen – a clever touch! (actually as a radiologist it was difficult to write left when i would normally have said right – sides are inverted on X-rays) Tony

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Hello, Tony! Sorry for the slow response. Today is my first “respite” day after many days of madness. More to come, I fear. I buy pre-cut matts in bulk, along with backing sheets and plastic sleeves. These are 11 x 14″ with 8 x 10″ windows. The frames are cheap.

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  3. Shelley Says:

    Love the warm touch of red – it makes the painting. Best wishes for renewed energy and a fun festival weekend.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. The composition was quite cold, and I hoped that a touch of red would give it the right accent. Energy is still lagging, unfortunately. Festival took a lot out of me.

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  4. anna warren portfolio Says:

    This is a beautiful painting – modest subject matter makes a profound statement somehow.

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  5. Playamart - Zeebra Designs Says:

    you’d better rest when you can or risk a relapse!!! my friends keep reminding me of that, and today/tonight i’m going to sleep really early and will hopefully awaken when the internet is fast and i can upload some images.

    i hope that the rest of your weekend goes well.

    z

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