Pushing the Silt Downstream

My Workspace in The Gallery at Redlands

The world’s spiritual geniuses seem to discover universally that the mind’s muddy river, this ceaseless flow of trivia and trash, cannot be dammed, and that trying to dam it is a waste of effort that might lead to madness.  Instead you must allow the muddy river to flow unheeded in the dim channels of consciousness; you raise your sights; you look along it mildly, acknowledging its presence without interest and gazing beyond it into the realm of the real where subjects and objects act and rest purely, without utterance.
Annie Dillard, Pilgrim at Tinker Creek

The best part about working all day in a gallery without television or radio is not hearing news chatter or small talk. All I did throughout the day was paint, and my mind drifted freely down a myriad of tracks. I started and finished a 5 x 7″ watercolor of an F-series diesel, thus rounding out a trio of train compositions during my four-day stay here.

Thanks for reading.
 

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2 Responses to “Pushing the Silt Downstream”

  1. Patricia Says:

    Beautiful paintings! What substrate are you using? Is it watercolor paper that you stapled around a board? Or do you use watercolor grounds on canvas? I also noticed in other posts a board-type material. Is it watercolor board?

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for looking. I soak 90 lb cold press D’Arches paper and staple it on stretchers to shrink & tighten. The watercolor dries faster on that surface. When finished I remove staples and cut off folded edges. Lays nice & flat for framing.

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