Holiday Bounty

Merry Christmas from Studio Eidolons

There is no adequate explanation for my lengthy blog hiatus. November and December have been full and bountiful for me with much travel and an abundance of art-related obligations. Having read Hamlet’s Blackberry some years back, I was convinced that it didn’t matter if my blogging fell by the wayside for a season; who would notice or care? Well . . . this morning I received a heart-warming email from a reader inquiring if I was OK. I’m truly touched by this, and want to take a moment to tell everyone Yes, I am very OK and didn’t realize it had been so long since my last post.

Autumn Morning through the new Studio Window
Is it still Plein Air when you are Indoors?!

Most mornings for the past month have been the same–Sandi and I enjoy coffee, books, and the dogs’ affections for an hour or so. Then I go into Studio Eidolons to work on some kind of art project, whether its class preparations, a commission or just my own joyful explorations. Lately I have been doing many more watercolor sketches in my sketchbook and exploring techniques not tried before. My Wednesday watercolor classes at Show Me the Monet gallery in Arlington have picked up; instead of teaching twice a week, I’ve been doing them weekly. My last one for December will be on the 16th. I’m not sure yet what is happening in January . . .

Baby Paddington beginning to Fill Out

Our baby Paddington is growing like a weed and seldom holds still long enough for a picture, but I was quick enough to capture this pose. Every day when I work in the studio he takes a nap in his bed nearby, and his presence is a joy to me. Now that the Christmas tree is up he enjoys his bed next to the tree.

Partial Demo for this Afternoon’s Watercolor Class

I am dashing this blog out quickly because I have a watercolor class this afternoon, 2-5:00. Above is the beginnings of what we will paint today–an historic cabin in Arlington’s Knapp Heritage Park.

Cindy and Gary setting up for a Film Shoot

Work on the film by Cindy Thomas has kicked into high gear this past month. She is putting together a presentation that combines my watercolor activity with fly-fishing and journal activity. Time divided between the studio and the outdoors has piled up over many days now, and who knows how many hours she has spent in the studio editing. I was privileged to see the first cut a couple of days ago. The film will also feature narration by Kevin Harris of Smooth Rock FM that I came to know as a friend in recent years. A music student from University of Texas Arlington is also composing a score to accompany the piece.

Cindy Filming on the Guadalupe River
Beginning the Shoot
The Amazing Clarity of the River
That’s a Wrap!

Recently we spent two days on the Guadalupe River in New Braunfels, Texas. The temperatures were in the frigid thirties, but the quality of light and clarity of the stream were breath-taking. We are planning another film shoot on that location in the coming weeks.

Beginning Work on Christmas Cards

For over a week, I have tried daily to create a blog, but there have been too many disruptions (thankfully the Christmas shopping is finished, and the home decorating near completion). Hopefully, I won’t wait as long before posting the next one.

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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11 Responses to “Holiday Bounty”

  1. Sue Kuda Says:

    I wish I was closer to you. I would have you give me painting lessons.


  2. Cheryl Rose Says:

    Merry Christmas, David and Sandi. The Christmas tree is beautiful.


  3. davidtripp Says:

    Thank you, Cheryl Rose. Miss you!


  4. J. Stringham Says:

    Joyeux Noël, David and Sandi. Your tree is beautiful and the view out of your studio window wonderful. The photos of the river film shooting are stunning. Thanks for supporting my small business!



    • davidtripp Says:

      Judy, thank you for opening the doors to your exquisite atelier! We have relished our times spent visiting with you and admiring that incredible space you’ve carved out and furnished. We wish you the happiest of Holiday Seasons!


  5. sienablue Says:

    Glad you were just caught up in Christmas prep and sharing your talent with students. I missed your thoughtful posts and great artwork these past few weeks.


  6. gaiainaction Says:

    This is a very lovely blog post David and your watercolours are just so nice. Much enjoyed and you have inspired me again. Thank you and enjoy a lovely Christmas time.


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