Painting My Way into 2014

Historical District of Hermann, Missouri

Historical District of Hermann, Missouri

Thus, the lived experience of the length of a year changes radically throughout our life.  A year that to a five-year-old constitutes a full fifth of his existence must seem much longer than when it will constitute a mere twentieth or thirtieth of his time on earth.  We all know how the years revolve quicker and quicker as we get older, until, with the approach of old age, they slow down again because we begin to measure them against the psychologically and somatically anticipated date of our departure.

Hannah Arendt, The Life of the Mind

Well . . . all I can say in response to Hannah Arendt is that 2013 is a blur to me.  I wish I could believe that that is a sign that I have  of many more years to live.  To me, the calendar year has not slowed down since my twenties.  Perhaps I will feel anxiety in the event that my years begin slowing down!  Oh well, I choose not to dwell on that today.

I wish I had something more profound to offer my readers this New Year’s Eve, as I have read so many extraordinary blog posts today capping the old year and opening the new.  I have given this day to reading, journaling, cooking and house-tidying.  And I have begun another 8 x 10″ watercolor of the historic district in Hermann, Missouri.  I have wanted to visit this German town ever since I read William Least Heat-Moon’s River-Horse.  Throughout the recent years, patrons have visited my booth during art festivals and asked me if I had any paintings from Hermann, Missouri.  The answer was always No, because I had never visited the place.  This Christmas, I included Hermann in my Missouri visitations.  The winter day was extremely cold, but the sun was bright, the 10:00 a.m. hour was perfect for shadows and light, and I took over forty photos.  This watercolor sketch is my first attempt, and so far I like what is emerging.  Hence, I am fulfilling my #1 Resolution for 2014 to paint my way into the new year.

I cannot express to readers visiting and commenting on my site how grateful I am for all the encouragement you have provided.   Makng art is a solitary enterprise, but blogging has definitely taken away any semblance of loneliness from this venture.  Thank you for that.  I wish you a fabulous 2014.  Perhaps tomorrow I’ll begin sharing Resolutions.

Thanks always for reading.  I wish you a fulfilling night of anticipation.

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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8 Responses to “Painting My Way into 2014”

  1. Sound Art Creator Says:

    Reblogged this on Sound Art Creator.


  2. June Says:

    Looks like a great start for the new painting and the new year! Thanks as always for sharing your thoughts and talents with us.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank YOU, June! I’m excited about the way this new painting has started, and cannot wait to get further into it. Thank you for looking and commenting . . . and have a fabulous 2014!


  3. lifeofawillow Says:

    Thank you for your art and heart! Happy new year!


  4. Judy Lovelace Says:

    I would love a copy of the antique store in Winfield Mo. It was originally my grandmothers restuarant and I have so many found memories of it


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for responding. I would love to know anything you could tell me about this store. I was so sad that I could not open the door and stroll inside, it looked so inviting, so nostalgic. I have two paintings of this store in signed and numbered limited edition giclee prints. They can be seen on my website at They sell for $70, mounted on foam core backing and shrinkwrapped. I also sell smaller 8 x 10″ prints of them in 11 x 14″ white mats and wrapped in a plastic sleeve. They sell for $30. Please share any information about this store and its history, if you are not uncomfortable in doing so. Thank you again.


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