Wednesday, April 13, 2011

K is for Kindred.

                                                                  "Kindred Spirits"

This canvas was painted in 1849 by Asher B Durand. A painter who was commissioned by a New York merchant, and art collector to capture the friendship between painter Thomas Cole, and journalist/poet William Cullen Bryant. Cole died an untimely death in 1848. Bryant delivered the eulogy that inspired this painting. You can read more about it if you're interested here, but mostly, it reminded me of  the many kindred spirits in my life. Friends, acquaintances, loved ones, and the like that I'd love to share a moment with, out in the middle of nowhere. It always amazes me how we find each other. Kindred spirits, I mean. Just when you think no one gets you, somebody shows up on a gorge and just does. At times the greatest gifts are in the simplest things.


  1. Your post reminds me of "Simple Gifts" by made famous by Aaron Copland. The simple things in life are best!

  2. I wish I could have enlarged that photo. It is very beautiful! I have had very few true kindred spirits in my 56 years. Aside from wife of 38 years who is a true kindred spirit, I am praying for one or two who will hold me accountable and help me in my continued spiritual growth.

    A true kindred spirit is a rare find and to be cherished and treasured. Great post!
    Gregg Metcalf
    Colossians 1:28-29

    Gospel-driven Disciples

  3. That's a truly beautiful picture. Can't you just imagine heading off over the horizon?

    Kindred spirits are the best--I've spent today with one, and it's bliss.

  4. I love the romantic style of art, like that piece. That's a great picture for a great concept.


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