Sunday, September 21, 2008
I went to a dog show recently. It was the best gift that I could give myself. Dogs have a wonderful effect on people. Well, most people. There were six of these spaniels sitting on grooming tables, some being groomed, others waiting to show. It was an amazing sight. Most of them were black and white, almost identical. They looked regal and serene and beautiful. This one was a different color, a little excited and extremely friendly. Reached out his paw for a "shake" to people as they walked by. Of course, I wanted one of these for my own, but of course, with two dogs already in the house that isn't going to happen. I didn't get to see them show, even though I hung around most of the day. I met a lot of nice, happy dogs, from very large to very small, and I thought about how nice it was for God to make all of them to make our life more livable.
The least we can do is try to return the favor. If you share your life with dogs, give them as good a life as you possible can, love them, enjoy them while you can, because they won't be around on this earth forever. Make every day as precious for them as they do for you.
This painting is currently on the Art Helping Animals blog, http://arthelpinganimals.blogspot.com
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Sunday, September 14, 2008
I have always loved white horses, which you know already if you have been reading my blog for any time at all. They express to me all that is wonderful in life: joy, exuberance, freedom, and the peace that comes with being who you are, and all you were meant to be. I love their excitement before a storm, the joyful excitement that is in harmony with nature. I love the way they love to run, not to race, not to impress anyone, most of the time not because they are in a hurry, but just because they love it. Do they love feeling the wind blowing their mane, or the sound of their hooves as the strike the ground, or the feeling that they could fly if they would go faster, faster? I don't know. But it seems that way to me. And whenever I see a horse running for the joy of running, I think of how it must please the Creator when He sees everything in His creation doing what they were meant to do. Were you meant to run, or sing, or write, or paint? Were you meant to play with children, or pass the time with the elderly? Were you meant to build bridges or drive trucks or play basketball? Whatever it is, do it with passion, with all the passion you have. You will fulfill your purpose and bring a smile to the Heavenly Father.
This painting is an oil on wrapped, stretched canvas, 9 x 12 x 3/4. All edges have been painted, and no staples show on the sides, so it may be hung with or without a frame. It is available through Ebay. 20% of the sale price will be donated to True Blue Animal Rescue.
This painting has been sold, but watch this spot for more horse paintings!