It is amazing because last night I was listening to an old VLI lecture on church history. In this lecture Steve Robbins mentioned how the worldview of a culture is changed through the arts.It is the movies, the music, the paintings and writings of the people that will guide and direct a culture.
Scott’s article about the role of the arts fits beautifully into this vein as he calls for a “New Renaissance“:
A movement to release prophetic, divinely inspired art in the church, and powerful spiritual art into the culture.
I was slightly surprised this morning when I looked out the window for the fields where covered with a light dusting of frost and the mountains with snow. Em mentioned that this has been happening for a while – but I never get to see it as I leave for work before dawn every day.
The slight was so beautiful, I couldn’t help but take a picture to share you all. 😀
I love this picture – the beautiful shades of brown on the tree against the rugged gray mountain backdrop with a pretty blue lake near the bottom. Ah… to sit by that tree with a good book and a cup of tea. That would be life.
The idea came to me as I was walking through the forest last weekend taking pictures of various floral and basically being sad at the prospect of not being able to share the photographs.
Then it hit me – I have a blog. (queue up the lighting bolt and 2×4)
As such, I am now opening "Ardell's Art House" with two installments this week and more to follow as I find time to crop, border and upload (read: "art pieces will come and go as time allows").
Kleinschmidt Grade Syringa
[@more@] Artist Statement:
The Kleinschmidt Grade is a narrow, windy dirt road that drops a vertical mile into Hells Canyon. Once you leave the tree covered eastern rim, there is nothing but rock, sagebrush and space.
However, about halfway down the grade there is a small gorge brimming with life and fueled by the gentle trickle of a mountain side spring. It was along this gorge that I discovered the bright white Syringa flower blooming in the warm spring air.
Maybe that is why the Syringa is Idaho's state flower – because it shows up in the most unlikely of places to give hope and beauty in an otherwise desolate land.