A Bison Demo

Today’s watercolor class demo

Artists toil in cells all over Manhattan. We have a monk’s devotion to our work–and, like monks, some of us will be visited by visions and others will toil out our days knowing glory only at a distance, kneeling in the chapel but never receiving the visitation of a Tony, an Oscar, a National Book Award. And yet the still, small voice may speak as loud as in us as in any.

Julia Cameron, The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity

I’m loving the words from Julia Cameron, and as I read her tribute to the unsung artistic heroes of Manhattan, I think of those of Fort Worth, Arlington, Dallas, Palestine, Tyler and other cells where artists continue to do what they do because of the love of what they do. Today was a grinder–a morning lecture for Ethics at the university, an afternoon watercolor class at Show Me the Monet Gallery, accompanied by a host of other tasks and engagements that aren’t interesting to detail in the daily blog.

The above painting is not yet finished, but close. I still have some detailing to tend to and then I’ll install the frame that I laid on it for the photo above. Bison continue to be one of my favorite subjects and I’m glad, because they’re selling pretty well also; I would hate to have a surplus of these filling my closets.

This is a quick blog because I wish to put something out there daily without fail; I’m trying to be more disciplined in matters I think are important and the daily blog is one of them. I have plenty to report about the substance of the morning lecture, but the hour is drawing late, I’ve built a nice fire in the fireplace, and would like some downtime before bedtime.

Thanks for reading and supporting this blog. I appreciate every one of you.

2 Responses to “A Bison Demo”

  1. sienablue Says:

    I was watching a pbs show about baby animals in the Rockies, and thought of your beautiful bison paintings during the segments on the baby bison and a bison who tried to ward off scavengers from the body of a mother bison that died in childbirth.


    • davidtripp Says:

      Thank you for writing that. I have been painting bison since I had a moving experience in Utah a couple of summers ago when I stood and watched The Herd for a long time in the late afternoon early evening. I cannot put into words what I felt, but I am trying to capture the beauty of these magnificent animals with watercolor. Thank you again.


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