Open House at Fort Worth’s Stage West Theater Sunday Afternoon

Fort Worth Cattle Drive

Fort Worth Cattle Drive

A man’s life should be as fresh as a river. It should be the same channel, but a new water every instant. Some men have no inclination; they have no rapids nor cascades, but marshes, and alligators, and miasma instead.

Henry David Thoreau, Journal, March 25, 1842

The more I read from this young man’s journals, dating prior to his stay at Walden Pond, the more astonished I am at his profound wisdom. He was only twenty-five when he wrote these words. For years, I have thought of bodies of water as metaphors for lifestyle characteristics. I love the statement above, because it attaches nicely to Thoreau’s Walden discussion of how he bathed every morning in Walden Pond, regarding it as a religious ritual as he followed the dictum of Confucius, to renew himself every day.

Today, I awoke with the feeling that I may not get to enter the studio at all. I have a show tomorrow afternoon at Fort Worth’s Stage West Theater, an Open House from 2:00-4:00. Today will be spent pulling together my inventory and preparing the necessary images, labels, signage, etc. that goes with my display, as well as packing and loading all the freight into the Jeep before I pull away in the morning. It tends to be an arduous, time-consuming affair. Still, there are worse fates. Thinking again of Thoreau’s line, I’m just happy to know I am not awaking today to doldrums, boredom, listlessness or frustration. I have a task to perform, it is art-related, and therefore I feel refreshed.

Here is a link to tomorrow’s Open House: http://stagewest.org/made-music-arts-drinks-eats

The image above I just picked up from the printers yesterday as a limited edition, signed and numbered giclee print. I have the first four available to take to the show. They measure 18 x 24″ and sell unframed for $100. They are shrinkwrapped and mounted on a foam core backing.

I am also bringing out this “Summer Morning on Sundance Square” for the second time, same size, same price:

Summer Morning on Sundance Square

Summer Morning on Sundance Square

This limited edition of the Ridglea Theater on Camp Bowie Blvd. has just been renewed. I have four of these I’ll be bringing to the show. Same size and price:

Ridglea Theater

Ridglea Theater

Since this is a Fort Worth venue, and it’s only open for two hours, I may as well pull out all my Fort Worth images. I’ll also have this one available, for $75 unframed, shrinkwrapped and mounted on foam core. It is the restored Sinclair station on McCart Ave.

McCart Sinclair

McCart Sinclair

I have the historic Flatiron building from downtown ready to go as well. 18 x 24″ and $100 unframed:

Sunlight on the Fort Worth Flatiron

Sunlight on the Fort Worth Flatiron

St. Ignatius Academy, just south of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, downtown Fort Worth will also be there in a limited edition:

Saint Ignatius Academy

Saint Ignatius Academy

And finally, the Poly theater on Vaughn Blvd (two separate editions):

Poly Theater Blues Revue

Poly Theater Blues Revue

Vaughn Blvd Relic

Vaughn Blvd Relic

There is still much to do. As much as I hate to leave the studio, I’m glad to be participating in an art event.

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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14 Responses to “Open House at Fort Worth’s Stage West Theater Sunday Afternoon”

  1. Candice Says:

    Your work really makes me wish I had more time in a day to better explore watercolor. Everything you create is beautiful and inspiring.

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Candice, thank you. These pieces were created over a number of years and I’m proud of them. I still have a great deal to learn.

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      • Candice Says:

        That is the thing with art, it takes time to hone and perfect. In this world many of us lean toward instant gratification. You can’t have that and create masterpieces. Masterpieces are the result of crockpots not microwaves. But often the frustration of being torn between the two desires can be rough to press through.

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      • davidtripp Says:

        Extraordinary thought, thank you. I couldn’t agree more. I’m trying to be more of a crock pot than microwaves. I’m amused to meet wannabe artists all the time who want it all now.

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      • Candice Says:

        And that is that this the problem…the microwave. I also find myself find that I will have the dual desire to write or paint and tend to go on and write, but I am learning to not take this gift of art for granted and really let it thrive.

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      • davidtripp Says:

        Wow, we are on the same page. I am conflicted between writing and painting, more successful with the latter. I think both are very powerful expressions. 

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      • Candice Says:

        Glad I am not alone in the struggle LOL! And I agree, as I said already, your work is amazing.

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      • davidtripp Says:

        Thank you, Candice. I finally visited (and am now following) your blog. Your work is spectacular, and I love what you write. I worked in oils until about 1975, and turned to watercolor after that. I tried oil a few years back, and I guess was stung by that microwave impatience. I decided to devote all my time to figuring out watercolor.

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      • Candice Says:

        😀 That is kind of the same reason why I started experimenting with watercolor. There is soooo much that goes into oil painting. And the clean up can be a bear. Thank you for the follow and the encouragement. I really appreciate it.

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      • davidtripp Says:

        So pleased to meet a new artist friend on the blog network.

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      • Candice Says:

        Me too! I have formed some incredible writing circles as a result. My visual artist circle needs to develop now too.

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  2. terpstube Says:

    Well Dr. T. I need to get a print of the Poly theater from you when we get back to class. I personally spent many years going there when I was young. Lot of memories from that painting.

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