Leisure Painting on a Rainy Morning

We poets struggle with Non-being to force it to yield Being. We knock upon silence for an answering music.

Chinese poet

I am tearing myself from this painting long enough to send a blog post of the flag pole. So many readers have responded that I feel compelled to continue sending up the posts.

This cold, dark rainy morning called me from my bed before dawn. Sitting comfortably in the studio, I opened and re-read a chapter from Rollo May’s The Courage to Create, a book I highly recommend to any one who pursues creativity. The chapter titled “Creativity and Encounter” I have read more times than I can count. In it, the author explores the state of anxiety that many creators cope with in their exploits. The reading prompted me to write over a half dozen pages in my journal, exploring my entire past life ridden with anxiety and how that state fueled my pursuit of the arts.

Since retiring in 2017, I can honestly testify that most of that anxiety has elided, and I don’t feel that a life of leisure has blunted my artistic sense or drive. All I can say is that I am truly thankful for the time to pursue activities like this current commission without the distractions of class schedules, grading and lecture preparation. The last five years I spent in the classroom were indeed miserable, and I’m so happy finally to leave that environment.

I’m itching to get back to the drafting table. Above is a photo of the flatiron as it now appears before me. I am truly loving these late stages of composition. More later . . .

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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2 Responses to “Leisure Painting on a Rainy Morning”

  1. Skeeter Murley Says:

    Love everything about this David. They way the trees frame the buildings is great. (I’ve always been jealous of the way you paint trees!)


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