Architecture of Trees



Life is a dream already over.

Jack Kerouac

Happy Christmas Eve, dear friends.  The drive to St. Louis was long and laborious, but I’m glad to be settled now with my parents, siblings and extended family about me.  My sister has been such a gracious host during my family visits.  Seated with coffee this morning, looking out her back patio door, I could not stop looking at the trees across the neighborhood.  Reaching for the sketchbook/journal, I again attempted to draw a single tree, studying its structure, its natural architecture, as closely as possible.  I always get lost in the process, but just love the act of drawing.

My reading throughout the morning has followed quite a labyrinthe–from Harold Bloom to Martin Luther to the Greek New Testament to Karl Barth, and finally to recording my own musings.  I cannot express the depth of gratitude I experience when I have the time and space and quiet about me to read, to reflect, to record what I feel is worth remembering, and finally, to write, in my own words, what is on my heart.  Harold Bloom often speaks of “overhearing” oneself.  When I experience that, I feel a genuine desire to adjust some things in my day-to-day life, to improve, to grow, to write a new chapter.

Christmas eve

Thanks for reading, and Happy Holidays to all of you.

I make art in order to learn.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.



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7 Responses to “Architecture of Trees”

  1. Linda Myro Judd Says:

    Wanted to say howdy, I looked over your work since the Oct 26th post. Still one of my favorites, love to look at your work. And happy holidays.


  2. Laura (Createarteveryday) Says:

    David, that is an amazing tree. How do you keep from getting lost in the limbs? This looks ultra-realistic and beautiful!! Happy Christmas and New Year to you!


  3. Bob Cook Says:

    Keep drawing those trees- You will get lost in them-I am always lost doing the foliage , Gods’ favorite free-form i


    • davidtripp Says:

      Great response! Perhaps I’ll be bold enough to go after the foliage once spring comes back around. As for now, I’m really committed to improving on the anatomy of the naked trees. I’ve waited far too long. Thanks for responding.


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