Waiting out the Rain at Edom Art Festival

The Shed Cafe

Watercolor of my “Second Office”

Outisde it is 45 degrees and raining. Fortunately for me, The Shed Cafe is adjacent to the festival grounds, so I have a warm, dry place to wait for the rain to subside before I set up the tent for this weekend’s Edom Art Festival. Forecast calls for 0% precipitation tomorrow, so my heart is gladdened. Today’s rain is expected to stop in the next hour or so and I can get back to work. Meanwhile I am enjoying this coffee on a cold morning.

I am adding an artist’s chapter to my cycle of paintings and stories for this new series Turvey’s Corner 63050. Following is my true story to accompany the painting above:

At sixty, the artist came to realize that life comes heavier and wearier. The Edom Art Festival offered to him his first crack at a juried, high-end art venue. Setting up his booth on a chilly October Friday, he thought over all the ways he could trim expenses for the weekend. By nightfall, he decided to postpone hotel rental until the final night, thus guaranteeing a good night’s rest before breaking down at festival’s end. So, tonight he would sleep in the back of his Jeep Grand Cherokee parked on the perimeter of the festival grounds, at the edge of the deep forest. The Jeep did not offer the most comfortable sleeping accommodations, and most of the night was given to tossing and turning before the sleep of exhaustion finally conquered his constitution.

Waking at dawn, he stumbled out of his vehicle and trudged up the hill through the darkened festival grounds. The morning was chilly and foggy as he walked past row after row of shuttered booths. Rounding the privacy fence at the end of the pasture, he entered the parking lot of the Shed Café and his heart leapt with joy at the sight of the eatery silhouetted against the dawn sky, smoke billowing from the chimney, and the crisp October winds bringing to him the aroma of coffee and frying bacon. What a splendid morning to encounter! With breakfast finished, he found a comfortable seat on the Shed porch, opened his journal and poured out his gratitude on the pages while watching the sun rise over the distant tree line. The festival was going to be a sublime experience.

photo of early morning Shed

The Shed, Photographed years ago when I Rounded the Privacy Fence

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Lunch at The Shed today, waiting out the Rain

All my years spent at the Edom Art Festival and The Shed are warm memories indeed, and I am grateful to be invited back this year for another round. The rain outside appears to have stopped, so I have a house to build!

Thanks for reading.

I make art in order to discover.

I journal when I feel alone.

I blog to remind myself I am not alone.

 

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4 Responses to “Waiting out the Rain at Edom Art Festival”

  1. Sandra Conner Says:

    The Shed definitely looks like my kind of restaurant. And definitely the best kind of place to choose for a “second office.” Hope you have a super, super, super successful weekend at the festival.

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  2. Becky Malone Says:

    Hi David, This is Becky Malone. I’m friends with Jamie Jenson and Neysa Mueller, and have attended several of your workshops in Tyler and Palestine. I love your watercolor of our hidden East Texas treasure, The Shed! I’ve never seen such a variety of pies available anywhere, and that is my weakness! Oh, if those walls could talk, especially the ones beside the checkers tables on the porch!

    I see that the weather tomorrow is supposed to be delightful! This is our first weekend of cooler weather, so I hope there is a good turnout at the festival, and you have a great day!

    Becky Malone

    Sent from my iPhone

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    • davidtripp Says:

      Becky, thank you so much for writing, and thank you for coming to the festival! It was splendid visiting with you again. Several of your “circle” arrived later, and I enjoyed them all. Can’t wait for our upcoming workshop!

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