Reaping the Whirlwind


This Watercolor Just Found a Home

Go into Nature raw and simple and just sit quietly doing nothing other than allowing Nature to become accustomed to your presence. Soon enough, often just beyond what you had taken to be the threshold of your patience and perception, Nature steps forward and begins to reveal its features to you.

Peter London, Drawing Closer to Nature

Two summers ago, I had a one-day plein air experience that now seems to have altered my watercolor trajectory in a profound way. I was sitting for hours on a cabin deck in South Fork, Colorado, staring at the beautiful evergreens lit by the sunrise. Musing over how exactly I could capture the evanescence of these lovely trees in transparent watercolor, I thought over what I had learned about sixth-century Xie He’s “canons” of painting. Briefly stated, he pointed out that the artist’s aim was to capture the spirit or movement of the subject.

I immediately began experimenting with numerous panels of stretched watercolor, combining masquing, pouring, splattering and dripping of the pigments. As I worked, I was joined by some cute critters.

bird on painting

Feeding chipmunk4


A New Attempt at Evergreens

Today I decided to go after the evergreen subjects with some new ideas for experimenting. All day, my mind has been in a whirlwind as I’ve thought up new techinques and approaches, filling several pages of my journal. It feels good when the mind and imagination begin percolating new ideas and approaches.

I wanted to take a moment and share the paintings I worked on yesterday at the Queen St Grille. It was a great experience, and I am grateful for Jean Mollard’s invitation to paint there again.




I’m painting well into the night tonight, which is unusual for me. I hope I’ll have more to share tomorrow. Meanwhile, I’m enjoying the rush.

Thanks always for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.


4 Responses to “Reaping the Whirlwind”

  1. Sandra Conner Says:

    How precious to get up-close visits like that from God’s creature’s.
    I absolutely love the evergreens. The picture with the little market touches a chord of memory for me. It transported me immediately back to a childhood experience during a family vacation.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Sandra, thank you for posting that comment. I didn’t see it till tonight. I would love to know your childhood connection to the “little market” painting. I’m writing short stories to support my “Turvey’s Corner” series, and would love to know your story.


      • Sandra Conner Says:

        David, sorry I’m just now getting back to you. My sister’s been ill, and caring for her has limited my Internet time. I’m not sure I can give you enough details to be helpful in creating stories. Most of my memories are of the emotional impact of those experiences. Because they were such happy family times, the emotions linger longer and stronger than the actual facts. However, I’ll be glad to share what is special to me about those places and experiences, and if any of it is helpful, it’s yours for the using. I’ll gladly post it here, but it may get a little lengthy, so I’m not sure you’ll want the whole thing on your website page. If you would prefer me to e-mail it to you, you can just send me an e-mail at, and I’ll have your e-mail address and can send it to you there. But if posting here is okay, I’ll do that. Just let me know.


      • davidtripp Says:

        Thank you, Sandra. I have sent an email to you, expressing that I would gladly read your stories and memories, either there or on this blog. Thank you again for your sharing.


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