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The Reluctant Artist

Published on May 13, 2014 by in Inspirational

Does this look like an artist to you?



How about this?


Or this:


Now, please don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying today’s art is going to the dogs. I’m just saying today’s dogs are going to the art.

Some may go reluctantly, unsure, not knowing what to do, as some artists go to a blank canvas…

You Can Lead a Dog to a Canvas,.....

You Can Lead a Dog to  Canvas…..

While others run full speed ahead, unafraid, safe in an unsafe world, confident.


Yet with support and gentle hands to guide them, even ‘reluctants’ will take a step forward, and then another, and maybe another if the unsafe world is growing safer.

Everyone Needs a Helping Hand at Times!

Everyone Needs a Helping Hand at Times!

And when he looks back at his achievement, however small, he smiles. Not because the painting is so great, but because he took that first step. And then another.

I Did It!

I Did It!

Now I’m not saying humans are any different than dogs. I’m just saying you can teach an old dog new tricks.

Which first step are you willing to take? Which first step are you willing to smile for?

For which first step are you willing to pin up your ears and begin? Then do it!  Today.

Let's Go! Life is for Living!

Let’s Go! Life is for Living!

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19 Responses

  1. Wanda Stone-Brady

    Loved the pictures of the dogs!!!

  2. Canda Williams

    Now that brought a big smile to my face and to my heart!

  3. Sandy Tincher

    I think that is great—dogs painting. Where is this happening? Would love to see it. Sandy Tincher

  4. Francie Parr

    Love it!
    Good lessons for me….every step of the way!
    Thank you for showing me a-new with each blog! xoxoxoxo Francie

  5. Peggie Linville

    How sweet and what a novelty. And yes, the message was very clear. Thanks
    for this bright spot. Love you

  6. Liz

    Not bad. You are definitely tempting me!

  7. Michole

    Have you seen the book ‘Why Cats Paint’?
    If not, I’ll send it to you……..

  8. I always thought about doing this with our dog Buddy. I never got around to doing it. Funny that someone else is!

  9. Aww! I’d love to have a doggie painting… or a kitty painting! Do you think Miss Emmy would cooperate? Oh, probably not :-(

    Thanks for a delightful, cheerful post! I know I’m always going to find smiles when I visit you here… XXXOOO

    • gayle

      I think Emmy would give you a painting if you placed an open-faced tray of paint and paper in front of her hiding place. Then I’ll walk through the door! Thanks for all of your help yesterday sending off my manuscript!

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