Small Town Simple

The Simplicity Adventures of a Mother and Daughter

Why Art?

In my youth I never paid much attention to art, in any of its forms.  It wasn’t until I started teaching that I stopped and looked.  Why?  History is wonderfully told through art plus the artwork created by the students at my former high school campus was simply AMAZING!  Where previously I never seemed to have time to stop, look and appreciate – I finally made time for art.  And it became pure joy.  Art surrounds us.  Mother Nature fills a canvas every day for us to behold.  Architecture tells its own story of a moment in time – look for the details in an aging building to witness an artisan’s skill and craft.  Gaze on a painting or photograph.  Really take it in – the color? the topic? the use of light or shadows?  It’s all there for us to see.  Art…it is our music, our films, our literature, the cadence of our spoken word.  It is big and small and it is made by human hands.

My sweet mother always kept and used a heart shaped pin cushion I made for her while in Girl Scouts.  I was around 7 or 8 at the time and my little troop made Valentine gifts for our mothers.  My humble  pin cushion was rimmed in lace and sequins and I had written “I love you” across the front – rather crookedly I might add.  My mother never put it away. It was my form of art and I was so proud to present it to my mother. And in return it was seen and loved by her.  While the letters have faded I treasure my simple gift as I know she did.


Art tells our stories.  It shows our joy and our pain.  It expresses who we are, where we’ve been or what we hope to be true.  It gives definition and meaning to our lives.  And it sometimes explains when words do not suffice.

In all its varied forms, let some form of art in.  Taking time for art, any kind of art, adds beauty to our souls.  We truly connect to our world, appreciating all the good it does provide us.

“He who works with his hands is a laborer…He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman…He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.”  Francis of Assisi

xo, Carolyn

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