A Second Prototype for Greeting Cards

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All Aboard! 

Heads turn and hearts stir every time the whistle blasts from this Palestine-to-Rusk excursion train. The Texas State Railroad #30 is a Baldwin 2-8-2 that celebrated its birthday in October 2017, looking just as fresh and new as it did the first time it pulled onto the tracks. The wheel arrangement is called Mikado, named after a group of Japanese locomotives designed by Baldwin for the Nippon Railway in 1897. The four-hour round trip odyssey through the east Texas piney woods makes this train a popular favorite among rail fans and excited children.

 David M. Tripp                                 (817) 821-8702

http://www.recollections54.com                                           https://davidtripp.wordpress.com

The morning started out with a bang.  Dave Shultz, a remarkable photographer whom I recently met, is residing at the Historic Redlands Inn and spent time with me in the gallery over the weekend. I’ve known of his work for months, and admired what he’s done for the Redlands website as well as his photographs of sites he visits as he travels the world. I awoke at 6:00 and found the greeting card I posted on this blog last night, formatted and ready for the printer. Before 8:00, he also formatted the card that I’m posting above and prepared another of my train watercolors for limited edition prints.  And then . . . I suddenly received orders for three more coffee mugs (I’m selling them for $15).


When I dropped off my cleaning at Boss Cleaners, the proprietor offered to sell my greeting cards from her counter as well. I’ve been selling these cards, printed on Hallmark Card stock with envelopes in a plastic sleeve, for $5 each or 5 for $20. I’m out of breath at all these new developments, and it isn’t even 9 a.m. yet!

I’ll be selling my work next at the Genny Wood Show in Bullard, Texas on Saturday November 4.

When you get the chance, check out these amazing photographs by Dave Shultz. His work takes my breath away. http://www.daveshots.com/

Dave has recently added The Gallery at Redlands to the website of the Redlands Historic Inn. http://redlandshistoricinn.com/

Thank you, Dave, for your friendship and inspiration.

And thanks all of you 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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