A late night in the gallery, with Henry Miller keeping me company…

For the record, I am not a surrealist. But my, oh my! Can Henry Miller soar into the stratosphere when he writes about the act of painting!

Surrealism is not a mode, a technique, an invention, a club, or an atelier, or a platform, or a fine sounding phrase. It is five minutes of eternity. Five minutes with the Holy Ghost. It is a little this side of Peru, or maybe three inches nearer. The square inch of the water color that you do with fever and intensity, unconsciously, accidentally, bravo and braggart, and humble son of God at the same time, all in one.

The ecstasy I feel when a watercolor is looking good under my gaze–I’ve never been able to speak or write adequately about how that feels. But Henry Miller encapsulated it while discussing surrealism. I just choose to file this under “ecstasy while making art.”

I spend too much time on the blog talking about how much this “clean, well-lighted place” (Hemingway) inspires me. I have not adequately informed interested readers that this lovely space has been thought out, organized and implemented by Sandi Jones, the better half of me. I’m just a painter and dreamer, with no clue of how to create space that the Danes describe as hygge. Sandi does that. My friends know that. It is past time for the readers to know it too. She also designed Studio Eidolons in our remodeled home. None of this would be happening without her.

The night has drawn quiet, as I now try and figure out whether I want to paint or continue to read and swoon over the writings of Henry Miller’s To Paint is to Love Again. Tough choice.

Thanks always for reading.

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6 Responses to “A late night in the gallery, with Henry Miller keeping me company…”

  1. scamp1010 Says:

    I have to say, that Sandi and you are the complete package. I absolutely adore how much you adore her. When you have the love of your life next to you, nothing is impossible. I know this to be true. Happy reading/painting/thinking/writing whatever the hell you want to do friend…it will be great. Hugs to you both. #cowboycasserole


    • davidtripp Says:

      Stacy, thank you! There is no describing what Sandi brings into my life. She certainly completes me and opens me up in regard to gallery ideas and planning. This has been a great ride so far!


  2. Cecilia Says:

    It is wonderful to have someone to help bring dreams to life. You and Sandi make a wonderful team and I’m sure I can speak for the Twelve in saying how grateful we are for y’all. Many blessings!


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Cecilia. And thank you for all you do to keep the gallery functioning. Sandi and I are blessed immeasurably by The Twelve, and appreciate your role in the midst of us all.


  3. deborahbrasket Says:

    I hadn’t realized that Henry Miller painted! I love reading writers on writing and artists on making art. Sounds like this is a good one. I’ll have to check it out. Also love the photo of your studio. Another thing I enjoy is seeing artists in their studios. Kudos to Sandi too for making your blog possible.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Deborah, thank you for your comments. I too was surprised to learn that Henry Miller painted, and wrote extensively about it. The book I’m quoting is out of print and hard to find. A lovely couple bought it for me as a gift (and I know it cost a fortune because I’ve tried to purchase it off Amazon). For years my reading has favored artists and writers interviewed or writing about their craft, their inspiration, their habits, etc. And I also wish there were more picture books of artists and writers in their studios producing. Every time I enter my own studio, I am thinking of them, imagining them looking on with approval at what I struggle to do. And yes, Sandi is my tower of strength, always the one who drops the encouraging words at the right time, and always the one with new ideas about the gallery’s direction.


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