But that's okay. We visited the one shop that mattered.
The B. Herd Gallery.
When we walked in, I was immediately drawn to the beautiful bluebonnet paintings hanging on the wall and sitting on the shelves. The vivid flowers seemed to jump out and grab me! I was engrossed so deeply in my ooh-ing and ahh-ing, that I almost jumped when I saw a movement in the corner and a voice asked us how we were doing.
I think I was still just a little dazed as I stepped closer to see what he was working on. I mean, how many times do you walk into a gallery in a little town and see the very talented artist at work? I went to school at UNT where there were tons of artists, but this is a different level than a starving artist sale.
As we started chatting with him, he told us he had been painting for 50 years and loved doing it while he talked to guests in his shop--he wouldn't have it any other way. He gets up every morning, looking forward to coming to work.
I took away a couple of things from that conversation:
- To love what you do that you keep coming to work at the age of 83 is just plain awe-inspiring.
- He was close to my age when he stopped working his retail job and started following his passion.
- Whether it was intentional or just a by-product of his people-personality, his presence adds so much to his paintings. I went from liking them to feeling like I NEEDED one of his paintings hanging in my home,
The next time you are driving to Austin, stop in and visit. Let me know if you do--I'd love to hear if you are as captured as I was.
And if you've already been there, did you leave there inspired?
The B. Herd Gallery is located at 600 N. Main St. Suite 12 in Salado. If you can't make it down there any time soon, you can visit him online at www.bherdgallery.com.