Last fall, Gramps and I visited Silver Dollar City at Branson, MO, as we do every year or two, but we happened along during the park’s Harvest and Cowboy Festival, which suited us just about right. One section of the park had been reserved for the cowboy stuff: a couple of wild west shows, a guy talking about mustang adoption (he demonstrated with a nifty little filly he was training), a cowboy cook who happens to live not far from us here in southwest Oklahoma and who makes a mean cornbread in a cast-iron dutch oven, and a barn full of western crafts-people of different skills. Don Dane from Olathe, KS, was one of the artists. I loved all the work he had done, but especially the watercolor called Moving Cows. Gramps remembered that from September until December–who says miracles don’t happen?–and I woke up to that beautiful print on Christmas morning. (If you click on the link above, it’ll take you to the Fine Art America website where you can purchase your own print, or view some of Mr. Dane’s other work.)
As an ultra-conservative Christian woman, I believe art should reflect the Creator or it’s just an object. I only had one brief conversation with Mr. Dane so I don’t know what his religious beliefs are, but I’m pretty positive he believes in God just by looking at Moving Cows, reflecting as it does the glory of God in the sunrise–or sunset–and time well spent.
Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy Jake Hooker singing one of my favorites, Cattle On A Thousand Hills.
*This artist doesn’t necessarily endorse my blog, I just love the job he does on this song