Photograph of William A. Smith, Toward Taos, 1946, watercolor. James A. Michener Art Museum Archives. Gift of Ferol Y. Smith and children.

This rare image by Bucks County artist, William A. Smith, taken from our archives by Pam Sergey, Archivist and Manager of Volunteers, and Birgitta Bond, Librarian and Artists’ Database Manager, depicts a landscape scene in New Mexico.

In looking at this work, you can see mountains in the background along with dry land in the middle of the painting.  But it is the very frail and dry, dark brown tree in the foreground, whose branches come together to form a heart shape that draws you in and immediately pulls at our heart-strings. 🙂

When I look at this work, I am filled with a genuine warmth and I cannot help but simply smile from cheek to cheek!  Have you ever noticed things in your everyday world that resemble other objects or shapes? It is probably no accident that Smith chose to compose this watercolor the way he did.

After seeing this image, I have been carrying with me this notion of looking deeper into the world around me – being open to the possibilities of what ordinary things can be unique. As I walked around Doylestown, there were some things I personally noticed and photographed that I found “hidden” in the folds of my daily routines. Shown here is a picture of a bench, and at first glance, I didn’t notice the letter D on the end of it.

Can you find something new in your everyday routine?  Photograph this “discovery” and share with us.  If you follow us on Twitter, simply tweet your image to our handle @MichenerArt and tag it #Smithlove.

Let’s all put on our explorer hats on and find the inner secrets in our deeply layered worlds!  And of course, let’s spread and share our new found wealth of knowledge and awareness with each other.

-Sumreen Z Chaudhry, Michener Intern