Morning Coffee in The Gallery at Redlands


Painting Saturday in the Gallery

When through a rent in the rain-clouded

sky a ray of the sun suddenly glides

over the gloom of the meadows. . . .

            We never come to thoughts. They come

                        to us.

Martin Heidegger, “The Thinker as Poet”

This morning, I slept soundly till 8:20, and later sat outside on the veranda to enjoy the rain with a cup of coffee. It didn’t take long for thoughts to come to me, tumbling one over the other. I couldn’t scribble fast enough in my journal. Opening my Greek New Testament, I translated portions of the third chapter of the Gospel According to Matthew, and pondered the wilderness motif that I gleaned long ago from the biblical texts. The prophets Elijah and John the Baptist emerged from wilderness settings and uttered prophetic cries that roused those living in the surrounding communities. I don’t know that I have a Word for those living in the suburbs when I emerge from the east Texas wilderness, but I do know that the silence of the country, broken only by gentle rain on the tin roof of the store where I reside, and the chirping of birds, with the occasional punctuation of a crow cawing from the pastures on the other side of the muddy dirt road, put me in a serene frame of mind. I carried that delicious morning watch on my fifty-minute drive through the country to Palestine and The Gallery at Redlands. From the wilderness to civilization is an excellent transition for me–a slow, gradual transition. And now, situated in this gorgeous space, my heart has been prepared to paint. And the aroma of the coffee adds to this wonderful ambiance. 20180929_091915515477821760459128.jpg

Enjoying the Early Morning Rain in my Favorite Hideaway

I have begun a new painting of the old wrecked church on the hill behind the ghost town in Terlingua, Texas, not far from Big Bend National Park. My images are still filled with that late afternoon when the sun was altering the colors of the terrain around that abandoned structure. The studio moments have been punctuated with the splattering of paint, drawing the structural details, and experimenting with salt and a spritz bottle of water. I am slowly getting lost in this painting.


The music of Smooth Rock 93.5 fills this gallery as I write, and I look forward with great anticipation to the inaugural live broadcast from this studio, Monday morning, October 1, at 6:00. I invite you to tune in, or if you are out of the area, to stream the broadcast from their website, and enjoy Kevin and Marc in the Morning.


“The Window to the World”–Live Broadcast begins October 1, 6:00 a.m.

It’s time to return to my painting. And so, this is Dave signing off from The Gallery at Redlands adjacent to Smooth Rock 93.5 soon to broadcast live from the historic Redlands Hotel in downtown Palestine, Texas!

I paint in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

4 Responses to “Morning Coffee in The Gallery at Redlands”

  1. deborahbrasket Says:

    I enjoyed your Saturday meditations. I too have that long transition driving from my home into town. I love it.


  2. Dian Darr Says:

    I love this blog. It explodes with serenity- not just with your stunning surroundings, but with you, also.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you. The serenity of this day was far beyond my ability to capture it with words, but I’m glad the sentiments found their way to you. Life is precious, and I hope every day for the ability to send positive words up the flagpole, so people would salute what is good in this life rather than feed on the poison that seems to swirl around the drain each day.


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