Wearing Several Hats

Keeping a daily blog is not as easy as it once was. We still enjoy retirement to the fullest, but recent commitments are tending to crowd my schedule. Up until a few weeks ago, I was only an artist and daily faced decisions no more complicated than What should I paint next? Since February 1, we have taken ownership of The Gallery at Redlands in Palestine, Texas and have been working feverishly to get the space ready for our opening March 20. Lining up work from a dozen artists has had its immeasurable rewards, but has taken considerable time out of our weekly routines.

In addition to this, we have committed to working out on a regular basis, retaining the services of fitness coaches. The result is that our bodies are finally responding favorably, but again, there are fewer hours available in the week for leisure.

I have also continued my practice of Watercolor Wednesday, teaching three-hour sessions at Show Me the Monet Art Gallery in Arlington. Above I have posted a remarkable watercolor of Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost Ranch, done by one of my most enthusiastic students. I usually average three Wednesday sessions out of each month. This class is not only rewarding from watching student success; it keeps me painting regularly. In fact, my demo from today I have decided is worthy of a frame. I would show it on this blog, but I believe the student outperformed me, so I’ll let the viewers enjoy hers instead.

Tomorrow I will introduce you to another member of The Twelve. I am trying to keep up this practice every other day. All of this is just to say I am wearing multiple hats as I try to continue being an artist while carrying out other tasks of being a gallerist, blogger and physical fitness enthusiast. Life is fuller now as it becomes busier, but no complaints.

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 “Wearing Several Hats”

  1. sienablue Says:

    It seems that life’s equilibrium is often interrupted. After the gallery is past its opening, perhaps a new steady state will be manageable. Have you thought about whether college interns might be able to help? When I was managing large technology projects my mentor always made sure I was putting as many tasks as possible into the hands of junior team members.
    My dad, a wise son of Missouri, once told me “The sign of a good supervisor is not how well the team does when he is there, it’s how well things run when he is not there.”

    I am enjoying all the artist intros and I wish you all a joyful opening day.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Excellent suggestions, thank you! One of our hardest is a college professor, and I believe I am going to lean on her to find some College art Talent to do some work for us.


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