Hot Pepper Festival in Palestine all Day Saturday

My Promise to Sketch Daily (framed 8 x 10″ watercolor, $100)

. . . I’ve always had the sense that the muse of the tormented artist–while the artist himself is throwing temper tantrums–is sitting quietly in a corner of the studio, buffing its fingernails, patiently waiting for the guy to calm down and sober up so everyone can get back to work.

Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic

Thank you, Elizabeth for eliciting a violent belly laugh from me! I knew of this author’s work since Eat Pray Love, but never read her till I picked up Big Magic. Now, as I read these pages, I feel her presence as though she is sitting in the room conversing with me directly about the dynamics of a creative life and the discipline demanded to keep the fires burning. At my current age, I hope I am beyond that temper tantrum stage; I know the frustration of feeling behind in my work, and try to tamp that down as best I can. I’m retired, for God’s sake. I daily have to remind myself that it is O.K. to slow down the pace and be glad to be alive and receptive to what’s going on. Yes, I have a phalanx of deadlines aiming their spears at me, but at 6:30 this Saturday morning, I am glad the weekend is here. Palestine will kick off its 9:00 parade and the Hot Pepper Festival will get underway.

While it was still dark outside this morning, I stepped out onto Queen Street and began my habitual trek toward the Kroger Store at the lower end of town (I’m still on this October challenge–10,000 steps per day). Street vendors are already at work, putting up tents, hauling out tables, crates, furniture, setting up displays, talking softly among themselves–the same sounds I enjoyed two weekends ago at the Edom Art Festival.

Edom Art Festival Two Weeks Ago

For illustration, I choose Edom, since currently the Palestine streets are strewn with boxes, strung out cables, parked trailers and half-raised tents, not a pretty sight. But they still have two-and-a-half hours till show time. Displays will be in place then, and people will flood the booths with enthusiasm. I close my eyes still and smile at the warm memories of the Edom Festival and the good will felt among the multitudes of people finally getting out into the public for an event worth visiting. The temperatures those days were good, and promise to be so today as well.

New Window Display of Gallery at Redlands from the Lobby

I’m looking forward to going downstairs to open the Gallery in a few hours as well. Normally I close from 2:00-5:00 in the middle of the day in order to transition to the restaurant and bar hours lasting till 9:00. But today with the festival just outside, I plan to stay open all day. So it’s going to be a long stretch. Fortunately I have much to do, so if there are long stretches with no one coming inside to browse, I’ll still have assignments to complete.

View from Oak Street

Leaning forward, anticipating a lovely Saturday, I thank you 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 “Hot Pepper Festival in Palestine all Day Saturday”

  1. Stacy Campbell Says:

    I can’t wait to read that book. It sounds like you are tapping in to the essence of being an artist quite well, and taking us along for the ride. Self questioning is human nature, keeping that fire lit, well, that’s artistry in and of itself. I’m very proud of you, and glad to wake up to read this blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts. It always motivates me.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you, Stacy, for that kind post. Since the day you warmed me by responding I have unforunately found myself sandbagged by tons of deadlines and directives. Being a teacher, you no doubt are feeling the same this time of year. We shall tunnel our way out of it, yes?


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