Wonder and Belonging


“I dream my painting,” said Vincent Van Gogh, “and then I paint my dream.”

At their best, artists are dreamers and visionaries - and so here at SALT we’ve teamed up with WFYI, our fantabulous public television station here in Indianapolis, to invite two local artists to paint their dreams.  The results are in, and they’re nothing short of amazing: two exquisite, one-minute animated short films about what matters most in life for these two artists (pssst! it's wonder and belonging!).

In the short film above, renowned Indianapolis illustrator Penelope Dullaghan knows what it's like to feel too busy and overwhelmed to notice the wonders all around, great and small.  Illustrated and narrated by Dullaghan herself, “Wonder” is a lovely meditation on what she's learned about living "an open-hearted life."

And second, in this beautifully animated letter to her daughter, Indianapolis native and illustrator extraordinaire Margaret Kimball zeroes in on what may be the most important message of all:  that despite the temptations to compare ourselves to others, or listen to the whispers trying to convince us that we don't belong, the truth is that wherever we are, we belong here!

Both of these little gems will be broadcast periodically on WFYI in the weeks and months ahead - so, if you're local, keep your eyes peeled!  And a big SALT thank you to WFYI for their vision and support of artists in Central Indiana and beyond who - day in and day out - dream their paintings and paint their dreams!