"Art is when we do work that matters in a creative way,
in a way that touches [people] and changes them for the better."
~Seth Godin, author and entrepreneur
I don't know if my cousins, Dan and Barb, consider themselves artists...probably not, at least not in the way I perceive them to be, but I was blessed to witness the love and passion they have for their land and everything on it, and that was art to me. Dan and Barb live on a ranch at the foot of the Short Pine Buttes in South Dakota. A unique piece of property with a rich history that spans before recorded time. The day I spent with them was filled to the brim with experiences I honestly had never had, and it left me wanting more. Their passion for this land was contagious...from the cattle they raise, including a few pet milk cows and their calves who eat with reckless abandon from your hand, to the Pony Express Trail that winds up the mountainside to the Indian camps and buffalo jumps that allow you to vividly imagine teepees, buffalo and a people busy at their own "art." That day I saw a tiny calf not more than thirty minutes old, nine piglets with their muddy mama, beautiful spotted curlew eggs lying in a nest on the prairie floor, the weather-beaten, collapsed hideout of a notorious outlaw, mysterious "fairy rings" in the grass, a pine tree denuded of bark by a porcupine, and "The Names," a steep, rock outcropping where names one hundred years old have been etched into the soft, white stone. With excitement, Dan read off names and dates as familiar to him as his own. We climbed to the peak of a ridge, following the ruts of a Pony Express Trail, eating sweet, wild onions and wild celery along the way. All of this was only part of a glorious day filled with wonder. What Dan and Barb did not realize is that each moment, each new experience was a colorful, beautiful stroke upon the canvas of that memorable day. It awakened a desire in me to create in the home that I have something that can be beautiful, unique and memorable that will bless those who visit.
And that is exactly what artists do. They leave you in wonder, wanting more. Dan and Barb are artists unaware. They generously share their love for the beautiful land they own with excitement and great joy. That evening as we left Dan said, "Come back next week...there is more to see!" Those are the words of an artist:).
|Dan and his bulls|
|Mama and her brand new calf|
|The Buffalo Jumps|
|View from the Short Pines Buttes|
|And her piglets|
So that is my example of someone who "lives" the art they were made to create. Please leave a comment sharing your thoughts on the beginning chapter of this study, and share with us your "moment when you were moved by the heart of an artist."
Blessings to you as you awaken the artist within!!!