October 1, 2012

the mane mark

16x20, oil on canvas

"We all get to make one unforgettable mark. 
And every day, with every word, we get to decide: 
Do we mar the world, or mark the world? 
Why in the world disdain the small?
 It's always the smallest strokes that add up to the greatest masterpieces...
That card you signed and sealed and put in the mail, 
the way you smiled and nodded to the white-crowned woman bent over the still-green bananas, 
the way you dug around in the dirt and left that seed
 or that gift of the knees and that prayer whispered for a stranger
 or that glass of water you handed to someone and winked because you just knew - 
-You've got to remember: 
we don't know when and how we are leaving the greatest marks on the world.
  It all matters."
Ann Voskamp

This painting will be part of the October 12th auction for "Bids, Boots, BBG -The Mane Event"with proceeds benefitting New Beginnings' Therapeutic Riding -- where the riding programs and their volunteers provide daily "marks" of encouragement, hope and sheer delight to many.
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1 comment:

Katherine Thomas said...

That is such a sweet painting, with a strong and yet fragile story to tell... I also alike the words by Ann Voskamp. I'm very glad I read your post this MOnday morning!