Weekend of Leisure

300 in progress

Taking my Time on this New One

It seemed to him that the hand was not able to attain to the perfection of art in carrying out the things which he imagined.

Vasari’s account of Leonardo da Vinci

A weekend of rest was so welcome to my weary soul. Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci, after eighty-some pages, is a veritable literary feast. I have always been fascinated with the curiosity and endless journaling of this Renaissance Mind, and after reading several biographies already, am so thrilled at Isaacson’s way of bringing in new material on Leonardo’s life that I had not encountered before.

I posted the quote above because it fits what I’m wrestling with as I work on my latest watercolor. I had this notion of what I wanted to accomplish, and so far it is not happening. I’m not giving up, but rather, slowing down and spending more time looking at it, puzzling over it, than actually working on it. My November 11 show already has around twenty or so framed original watercolors of trains and doesn’t need this one to be completed. And, as a good friend said recently, it wouldn’t hurt for me to have this “in progress” painting in the gallery during show time. At any rate, I’m not under a deadline to complete it. I like that feeling: letting a painting emerge under its own time.

As to the Leonardo quote above, I’m reminded of a story I read several years ago about a guitar student frustrated while doing his lesson. When the guitar master asked him what was wrong, the student replied that he could always hear the music much better than he was able to play it. To this the master replied: “And why do you think that is  ever going to change?” That quote remains at the heart of my art work. I never complete a painting with the “look” that I was striving to achieve. Nevertheless, I love the process, and try not to let the end result frustrate me. Art is a gift. Art is life. And the thrill and leisure of making it successfully marks the time in my life as quality time.

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to understand.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself that I am not alone.



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4 Responses to “Weekend of Leisure”

  1. Barbara Tyler Says:

    It looks good to me! In fact, your train works, namely those fabulous night skies, have inspired me. Happily working on my own little bits of 5×7 therapy, I’m trying a star-filled diptych today. Hoping to return the favor, below is a link to a BBC series I discovered on YouTube this week. It’s called What Do Artists Do All Day and features a wide variety of fine art professionals. Each show is 30 min. and broken into two, 15-minute segments. This link is about printmaker Norman Ackroyd, whom I hadn’t heard of but creates lovely prints. I instantly knew you would appreciate this. Hope you enjoy and good luck with your Train show!
    NOTE: This episode seems to have a sound issue at beginning of first segment. It’s temporary so please stick with it!


  2. lindahalcombfineart Says:

    I am always painting in my head and those paintings are always better than the ones I do. Good luck with the painting. You have a solid start.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for that, Linda. I am laughing at your response, because all night long Friday while I slept I kept dreaming of a drawing that I was working on. So, of course, I pursued that drawing throughout the day Saturday, and yes it was considerably diminished compared to the one that had danced in my head all night!


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