Preparation for Art Walk

Set Up at Wells Creek Crossing, 305 E. Crawford St., Palestine, Texas (10-3:00 today only)

How often must we learn this lesson? Men cease to interest us when we find their limitations. The only sin is limitation. As soon as you once come up with a man’s limitations, it is all over with him. Has he talents? has he enterprise? has he knowledge? it boots not. Infinitely alluring and attractive was he to you yesterday, a great hope, a sea to swim in; now, you have found his shores, found it a pond, and you care not if you never see it again.

Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Circles”

Saturday found me waking at 6:00 and stepping out into the darkness of a 52-degree morning. I’m grateful for the overdue season change. The Texas heat and humidity got old in July and hung around till yesterday. As I stepped around down the dark streets of Palestine, I heard this Emerson passage in my head and had to go back to the Redlands Hotel and look it up. “Circles” remains one of my favorite Emerson essays, and it haunts me the most as well. In these senior years, I feel the slow down, the lag, the inertia, and find myself pushing considerably harder to spring fresh ideas. But they are always worth the extra push. When I read the passage above I think of the myriad of times that I’ve been surprised and disappointed by the dullness of a man or woman whom I had known in youth as the portrait of vigor and enthusiasm for life and its offerings. When I see boredom settle down over folks I once knew as hungry for life, I ask Why? What happened? I often hear: Life Happened. No. To me, that’s death come early. I cannot tolerate the thought of that. On some days I wish I had the energy and freshness of ideas that I knew earlier in life. Then on other days I realize that I still have something in the tank, that in fact I often seize upon ideas and creative moments that I didn’t have the maturity or courage to face in earlier years.

I am thankful for another day. Another chance. Another turn of the wheel. Another stone to lift and peek underneath to see what’s there. At Wells Creek Crossing today, I think I’m going to return to the bison theme. I have painted five of these 5 x 7″ compositions and have only one remaining. I think there are better colors waiting to be born here. Maybe I’ll find them on this chilly Saturday morning. I’ll be painting at my easel inside Wells Creek Crossing and there is a table of my art pieces set up next to where I’ll be working. If you are in the area, please stop by and say Hello. There will be over twenty businesses in downtown Palestine with artists and their creations in place waiting to greet you. Palestine is always fun on Art Walk days.

Return to the Bison Theme Today

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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