I’ve Created a Monster, and it’s Eating Me

imageGood evening. I don’t possess the time for creative thinking or writing, as I’ve been chained to the computer for hours on end, formatting my paintings and sketches for new greeting cards. I had no idea of the size of the task at hand. It’s been such a long time since my last festival, and I’ve created a large body of work that has not yet appeared before the public. I thought that one evening would suffice to put these new pieces on greeting cards. Unfortunately, I grossly underestimated the time required. As you can see from the photo, the table is covered with cards and printed images, each one a separate card. I compose something in writing to put on the back side of each card, and leave the inside blank for patrons to write what they wish when they mail them. I am no Ernest Hemingway, and I now realize that I have only two evenings remaining before loading for the weekend festival. In addition to this, I have two full days of teaching school, and three public commitments. I’ve been here before, and I’ll just have to take a few deep breaths and accept that I will not complete this task. I’ll just have to go to the festival with what I have ready, and hope that there will be more festivals to get the rest of the work out there to view.

The South Street Art Festival will begin Friday at 4:00 and last through Sunday. The event is free, with live music and enough artists’ booths to fill two city blocks. Hopefully, the weather will cooperate and we’ll have a fulfilling, festive time. I do love the festival atmosphere once my work is in place and I can sit in my director’s chair with a cup of coffee and my journal or book open on my lap. Three days is an excellent space for that kind of atmosphere.


Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to understand.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

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8 Responses to “I’ve Created a Monster, and it’s Eating Me”

  1. Carol Lois Haywood Says:

    Your dilemma is not unknown to me! Good way to resolve it.–Carol


  2. Linda Myro Judd Says:

    Maybe in the future you could have a few personalized stamps made with your handwriting, or font text, and just stamp the backs of the cards. If you’re willing to have the same thing appear on your cards, say for a season, this would speed things along.


  3. Linda Myro Judd Says:

    How many cards do you make for a festival? And how many different images do you create for the cards? You can tell me later.


    • davidtripp Says:

      I have over 50 new images to bring out. My greeting card collection from the past numbers over 250 images. It’s overwhelming, seeing that I’m managing a huge collection of limited edition as well as open edition prints, as well as a collection of originals, some framed, some matted and bagged.


  4. Skeeter Murley Says:

    I look forward to seeing your new works this weekend!


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