This year I had the pleasure of attending an organized, art celebration in the hamlet of Sangudo, Alberta.
Driving to the art days event was like cruising through a patchwork masterpiece created from a warm, rusty pallet. A continuous roll through hills in various shades of yellow-orange, the turning aspen, and larch trees hugged golden hay fields dotted with large round bales. The inspirational drive alone was worth the visit.
Our event took place at the Sangudo Community School in a small gym. With only 15 wonderful artists from the area, I was honoured to have been included with these creatives at the celebration. Work was varied with stone sculpture, watercolour, oil painting, vibrant acrylic, and pastel.
I had the pleasure of discussing country living with a former city couple. The advantages of owning an acreage, the pride of keeping hens for eggs, and the joys of being part of a small town. It was a good reminder of the many blessings rural living offers.
As I prepare for Canadian Thanksgiving, which is just around the corner, I am surrounded by autumn beauty, in a friendly country community, with the ability to do what I love - create with pastels. I can't help but think of the countless blessings in my life.
I am reminded of the simple things that I easily take for granted, like my health, or the health of my family. Overlooked things, like the community I live in, and the land that I enjoy. But most important, the best of things,the people that surround me: my husband, my children, my neighbours, my friends and family both near and far. These are things I appreciate most. The hearts and lives of the people I love.
As an artist, I would have little reason to create if it were not for the ones close to me. The people that infuse their love and lives into my creative soul. Appreciating these everyday hearts is the least I can do in response to the great influence they have on my creativity. I choose to be thankful.
What are you thankful for this season? Are there little things that you've overlooked that deserve your attention? More importantly, are there people in your life that deserve your appreciation?