Sweet Friday Night Winter Solitude

Painting Friday Evening in a Wintry Cold Studio

Painting Friday Evening in a Wintry Cold Studio

Writing is a form of therapy; sometimes I wonder how all those who do not write, compose or paint can manage to escape the madness, the melancholia, the panic fear which is inherent in the human situation.

Graham Greene

I did manage to escape into the cold garage studio for a little while this evening and chip away at this watercolor that has been hanging around for awhile now. I added some rust-stained washes to the screen door backdrop, and then spent the rest of the evening texturing the white frame of the screen door, trying to reproduce the scratches, knicks and stains that show the multi-layered history of this door and what it endured in someone’s home. Before stopping for the night, I also reworked the wooden floor beneath the apples, in an attempt to make the masqued areas look more like scratches and indentations in the wood surface.

Now I’m back inside my warm home, glad that it is Friday night, and even more glad that an open weekend stretches out before me. I’m in the mood for reading, writing and reflection–in a word, solitude. I’ve been re-reading sections of Anthony Storr’s Solitude: A Return to the Self and Rollo May’s, The Courage to Create. The week in school has been a spastic one, and I took personally the line from the William Butler Yeats poem that I recorded in a blog earlier tonight, concerning the frenetic pace of society that consistently manages to flit past “monuments of unageing intellect.” Without apology, I do not choose that path. To me, worship is pausing to accept the quiet gifts offered in the center of this quick-paced life on earth.

Perfect Evening for Writing and Reflection

Perfect Evening for Writing and Reflection

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to remember. 

I journal to celebrate solitude.

And I blog to remind myself that I am not really alone.

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4 Responses to “Sweet Friday Night Winter Solitude”

  1. createarteveryday Says:

    What a moving, poignant post. Enjoy your weekend.


  2. coreyaber Says:

    What a great string of posts this week! And the painting is coming along really well. There’s much for me to learn in looking at this one develop. For some reason, your blog was dropped from my WordPress feed during the week. I was pleasantly surprised to see all the great posts from you once I figured out what had happened.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thanks, Corey. I’m not understanding many things happening on WordPress. This comment came to my Spam folder instead of email, so I just now discovered it, hours after you posted it. I’ve had quite a number of these strange occurrences over the past weeks. Thank you for your approving comment. I’m learning a great deal from working this watercolor, and haven’t solved all the problems I’ve faced, but there have been some pleasant surprises, so overall, I’m pleased with how it’s coming along.


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