Watercolor of Abandoned Oklahoma Tire Shop

Ever the dim beginning;

Ever the growth, the rounding of the circle;

Ever the summit, and the merge at last (to surely start again) Eidólons! Eidólons!

Ever the mutable!

Ever materials, changing, crumbling, re-cohering;

Ever the ateliers, the factories divine,

Issuing Eidólons!

Walt Whiman, “Eidólons” in Leaves of Grass

Today, as my mind drifts across the empty spaces of our American landscape, I chose to post a watercolor I did last year about this time of an abandoned tire shop I passed in Oklahoma while en route to St. Louis for Thanksgiving holidays.  I am working my way back into the watercolor studio, selecting subjects to paint, and already have a splendid list of subjects to tackle this coming weekend.  I call my business Recollections 54 (www.recollections54.com) because 1954 is my birth year, and the subjects I enjoy painting the most are those from the 1950’s American landscape that I knew as a child–businesses and homes no longer inhabited, but which thrived in the days of my growing up.

Every time I cross paths with a site such as the one posted above (needless to say, I turned my vehicle around in the highway several miles down the road so I could return for a closer look and a series of photographs), I am filled with the dual feelings of loss and presence. Loss because the site is devoid of life.  Only the husk remains of the building that once teemed with industry.  Presence because the shell of the building is still charged with memories and stories worth telling.  When I stand in a place like this, I can still smell the rubber of the tires and hear the sharp hiss of the compressor.  I hear the mallets clanging on the iron, commingled with voices of laughter and profanity.  If I were a poet, I would transform these memories into verse.  If I were a musician, I would sing out my tribute.  But as an artist, I try to capture the essence of this environment with an image that I hope conveys the feelings that flood my soul in times such as these.

Thanks for reading.

I paint in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.



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6 Responses to “Eidolons”

  1. Xraypics Says:

    A subtle, and evocative picture of this old workshop. I am missing your still life paintings.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for saying that. With winter coming on, I have serious plans of returning to the man cave and setting up some rustic still life arrangements. It’s still so damned hot in Texas that the garage is unbearable. I hope this doesn’t last much longer.

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  2. Ambling About – Siena Blue Says:

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  3. Smitha V Says:

    I loved the last 3 lines. I suppose I do it all for the very same reasons. I couldnt have said it better. Beautiful painting. Found your site thanks to Joanna of Sienna Blue.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for looking and posting. I have taken a hiatus from the blog, unintentionally. Daily work and play in my studio has been lovely the past few weeks, but I’ve not posted. I plan to get back to social media and do better. Thank you again for your warm response and encouragement.


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