Day 144: Something Beautiful—Divining the Big Sky

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

As the water seeker puts the fate of his purpose in the hands of a divining rod, I completely committed to intuition in today’s search. The 90 degree weather was the first thought to appear. That led to hot, dry, open, empty deserts. And so I searched and found the work of a Sarah Siltala, a gifted artist from New Mexico.

Those who read this blog know of my weak heart for big skies. No surprise that these simple, open southwest landscape drew me to them. She has a keen sense of scale and a distinctive sense of color and contrast. It was her single pear that led me to the landscapes. Pristine. That’s how her work feels to me. Clean, beautiful—and pristine.

Like yesterday, a piece of music came into my head when I saw these iconic American images—Aaron Copland’s Corral Nocturne. Gentle, soulful, beautiful.


About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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