A Big Sky Day


I saw a glorious sky this morning. I tried to keep my eyes on the road long enough to get my kids to school so I could capture it in the photo above. As teens and pre teens my kids find it embarrassing to have a mom who goes running off into cornfields looking for the perfect angle in which to see the play of light and shadows thru the corn stubble with a camera! Such is life when your mom is an artist!

I find the beautiful scenery and Amish farmland in the Kidron area to be so inspiring! Today was one of those days in which my inspiration tank got filled to the brim. The ‘big sky’ started the day off. Then, while talking to a carpenter at work, my eye caught the intriguing wavy patterns of the wood grain in the slivers of lumber left on the ground while the crew built a garage. (I saved them to use later in a mixed media landscape collage!) Inspiration can come in such strange forms sometimes! I have stopped making excuses for getting excited over these kinds of finds and instead am grateful to be able to find treasures in the unexpected things in life. It does make it hard to stick to a schedule, though! Who would understand being side tracked by wavy slivers of wood? Maybe that’s why I am writing this so those of us with our heads in the clouds aren’t always told, “Hurry up! What are you looking at??? Come on! Do you know what time it is???” Likely not since I am enthralled with visualizing and planning out my next art project while looking at this pile of odd shaped pieces of wood! Who thinks of schedules and time when being inspired? That’s worth something, isn’t it?
This evening more inspiration came my way at the sight of my Amish neighbor’s red barn aglow like burning embers from the setting sun. It was the time of the day when he would of just gotten home from work. I know what likely happened just prior since it happens like this most days. This is the neighbor with the blonde tow headed twin boys of about 3 who wait each evening by the farm gate for their dad to pull into the lane so he can let them climb in the buggy and hold the reins. I got a peek into his life with the silhouette of man and horse outlined in the barn aisle way as he put his horse away and began his evening chores. The image is filed away in my mind like a snapshot framed by the darkened doorway hopefully to be retrieved and reproduced on canvas soon. This became another little sliver of a different sort but just as intriguing, a different life at a different pace. What’s our rush for anyways? Where are we rushing to? Maybe I’ll just go at my own pace and see where it leads. Here’s to more slivers and big sky days! I’d love to hear what you are inspired by. What unexpected place in your life did you find beauty today? You know its there. Look around and tell me what you find. I’d love to hear.

About Sue Steiner

I am a professional artist living in the Kidron area. With a farming background and my love for animals and anything agricultural it was a natural fit when Lehman's asked me to paint the murals you see at the Kidron store. My biggest project to date was the mural of a life sized team of Amish work horses at the hitching post in the Buggy barn. I have the pleasure of adding to the murals on an ongoing basis as a painting demonstration during store hours on many Fridays. I also have the pleausre of bringing Ohio Arts and Crafts Guild members to the store for a wide variety of demos. You can find the demo schedule on this web site under the Events tab. It is always a pleasure to be in the store meeting new folks. I find Lehman's customers to be the very best, down to earth people! It is also my pleasure to help network with all the talented artists and crafters in the area.

7 thoughts on “A Big Sky Day

  1. Thank you Greg. I love seeing the farms and fields as they change thru the seasons. We are at such a pretty time of the year there is so much to enjoy!

  2. You know, Sue, after I read this, I spent a full five minutes just staring out my office window. I’ve hated these windows that are so high that I have to stand up to see what’s happening out there. I can only see my neighbor’s roof and a tiny edge of the garage – and a huge elm tree beyond that.

    I just realized that the elm is a bright but mottled shade of gold, laced with pale green. The sky beyond is that shade of gray that’s not really gray, but almost blue. In the summer I can see the tops of the 7 and 8 foot wild sunflowers and many a day I’ve stared out at the rain or snow until it dawned on me that I’m not trapped here… I can go out there.

    See? I am inspired! And if I don’t get any more “work” done today, I’ll blame it on you. :)

  3. LOL!!! Sure, you can blame me for not getting any work done! Your description is lovely of your piece of sky and it was all for free! You don’t have to work as hard if you can get stuff for free, right?

  4. Thank you… I had to blame someone! LOL
    It’s true that we don’t have to work as hard when we take advantage of the free things that life offers.

  5. I saw that too Sarah when I viewed the photo on my computer’s larger screen when I was downloading it off my camera. I have the photo taken right after this one and the sky looks completley different. The clouds must of been moving fairly quickly that day.