Too Little Time for Painting Today

A Little Bit of Work on the Truck

A Little Bit of Work on the Truck

There are nowadays professors of philosophy, but not philosophers.  Yet it is admirable to profess because it was once admirable to life.  To be a philosopher is not merely to have subtle thoughts, nor even to found a school, but so to love wisdom as to live according to its dictates, a life of simplicity, independence, magnanimity, and trust.  It is to solve some of the problems of life, not only theoretically, but practically.

Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Good evening!  All I had time to do this evening was block in the Dodge truck, and then my light was gone.  I really don’t wish to paint under house lights at night, I have become so attached to the natural light coming in through my studio windows.  Alas, I’m having to re-adjust the hours of the day now, to allow space for doing my job.  Today was more about living an artful life than making a piece of art.  I’m not finding the adjustment easy, but will have to find a way.

The first day of school went very, very well.  Two enormous classes, and one moderate-sized one.  My two A. P. Art History classes show great promise, and I regret waiting two days before seeing them again.  Tomorrow will be Philosophy and Sophomore English.  The latter course I have never taught before, so I cannot say I am looking forward to that with enthusiasm.  But, we’ll see . . .

There is plenty of work to be done still to prep for tomorrow’s courses, so I’ll be signing off early this time.  I really hope I can hit this watercolor a little harder tomorrow.  What I feel, however, is that I will need some days to adjust to this full-blown school schedule.  One way or another, I will return to the blog with vigor, trust me.  I love communicating with you.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.

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6 Responses to “Too Little Time for Painting Today”

  1. Laura Young Says:

    Just came across your watercolor blog; lovely work and words! 🙂


  2. lesliepaints Says:

    What I really enjoy about following your progressions, David, is that the light is always established right from the beginning and it is fascinating watching you carry it through to the finished painting; almost as if you are making a statement.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Leslie. I have always been captivated by the light in Edward Hopper’s paintings, and always wished I could put such a dynamic in my compositions. I had no idea how hard it was going to be in watercolor. I’m still working at it. Thanks so much for the encouragement.


  3. Bonnie Says:

    Been thinking about you. I know you must be very busy. Hope it’s all going ok!! 😉


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