Returning to Work on the Bison

Resuming One of my Bison Watercolors

Having put the Fort Worth Flatiron watercolor to bed, I’m glad to return to one of my bison compositions taken from a visit to Zion National Park back in September. Before painting, I engaged in my morning ritual of reading over coffee and then moved to Studio Eidolons to write in my journal for awhile, but found the move difficult.

Meet our new additon to the family, Paddington, a rat terrier we adopted when he was five days old, but couldn’t acquire till a few weeks ago, once he had all his shots. It’s been a joy having him in our household, though a few days ago he has become more “clingy.”

Hard to Journal with a Rat Terrier in your lap

I found writing difficult and didn’t have the heart to push him off my lap. I figured that soon enough he would decided to do something else, which he did.

Preparing to Nap next to my Foot

Jumping down, he began looking for a comfy spot between my foot and his baby lamb . . .

. . . but after my third trip back to the kitchen for a coffee refill, he apparently decided he would sleep better in his bed beneath the drafting table. All is well, and I am ready to return to the painting . . .

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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5 Responses to “Returning to Work on the Bison”

  1. gaiainaction Says:

    Loved reading your blog post tonight, it gives the feeling of a perfectly enjoyable and balanced life.
    Nice dog is Paddington 🙂


  2. sienablue Says:

    An adopted animal can seize your heart pretty quickly. They seem so grateful to be loved. I have a clingy cat. I can’t allow him near when I am painting or sewing, but he is my coffeetime companion. I think he is the creature who finally taught me to slow down and enjoy retirement. I was driven by a task list for far too many years. I will enjoy watching the bison painting continue on its journey.


    • davidtripp Says:

      I certainly concur with your observation–Paddington is in my lap tonight as I type this. I haven’t had a puppy since I was in fourth grade; all adopted pets during my adult years were adults when I adopted them. Thank you for watching the bison. I’m working on a second one now.


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