Sunday Morning Visitations

Working in the Gallery at Redlands on Christmas Commission

“And as imagination bodies forth

The Forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen

Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing

A local habitation and a name”

William Shakespeare, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”

Imagination is the outreaching of mind. It is the individual’s capacity to accept the bombardment of the conscious mind with ideas, impulses, images, and every other sort of psychic phenomena welling up from the preconscious.

Rollo May, The Courage to Create

The bright sun outside the windows of The Gallery at Redlands conceals the 36-degree temperatures and cutting, slicing winds out of the north. I do welcome the infusion of warm light contrasting with yesterday’s darkness and driving rains. The lighting in the Gallery is lovely this morning, and I’m rested and ready to return to work on the painting above. Yesterday was a long day, but one filled with rewards–plenty of work accomplished and many, many excited Polar Express riders filled with stories and excitement over the Christmas train experience.

I’ve managed to sell a good quantity of my 5 x 7″ reproductions of trains in the 8 x 10″ frames. Discounted to $45 for the remainder of the year, these pieces have been picked up by Polar Express patrons. One of them yesterday requested that I add something “special” to the train he purchased. So, taking it out of the frame, I inserted Baby Yoda to his delight.

We still have a good quanity of these framed pieces in the gallery. The 5 x 7″ images are priced at $45 and the 8 x 10’s (in 11 x 14″ frames) are $60.

5 x 7″ in 8 x 10″ frames–$45
8 x 10″ in 11 x 14′ frames–$60
View from the Redlands Hotel Lobby
The Best Part of Every Morning

Setting the alarm for 7:00 was a good idea. By the time I got downstairs into the gallery by 8:00, the sun was strong, the space filled with warm light and the quiet of the morning was so inviting. I’m loving this book given to me by Jennifer, a precious student of mine from the mid-1990’s. Picasso and the Painting That Shocked the World is such an engaging story. I had never read anything by Miles J. Unger before, but I’m dying now to lay hands on anything else he’s published. The creative eros that took Piasso by storm in his early Parisian days is always exciting to study, but Unger has such a powerful grasp of words and images in his interpretations, that I found myself revisiting Rollo May’s The Courage to Create. I just wish right now that I could sit down with a handful of eager artists over coffee and talk about this stuff. We artists need to form some kind of tertulia of our own! Anyone wish to join me? I should have plenty more time and space around me with the coming of the New Year. Arlington? Fort Worth? Palestine? I’m close enough to all these areas, and coffee shops abound!

Before I close this and return to work, I want to share an all-around look at our Christmas Gallery, and thank you for reading and looking.

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3 Responses to “Sunday Morning Visitations”

  1. Cecilia Says:

    I’m game! Might have to brush up on my conversation skills but that sounds like Heaven to me. Coffee, creativity, and conversation with other artists! Yes please.

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  2. davidtripp Says:

    Let’s do it!

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