"If you’ve raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in thickets by the Jordan?" (Jeremiah 12:5). Our journey is intended to be more than simply "stumbling" through the days while the world "wears us out.” We are made to experience the thrill of "running with horses” and to navigate life amongst the "thickets." The RWH blog focuses on both the spiritual race of which Jeremiah speaks, and the physical act of running that I absolutely love. In short, it's where "the miles meet the Message" to provide insight, perspective & encouragement that might enable you & I to successfully run either of the races set before us. May our course be purposeful and may we be passionate in our pursuit of the abundant life He desires for us.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Calling All Art Aficionados

I am not an art collector. I have little-to-no working knowledge of famous artists. In fact, I couldn't tell you the difference between water colors, acrylics, oils or latex house. However, I especially enjoyed paint-by-number sets when I was a kid, and I am finding that art galleries are not necessarily the waste of time I previously thought them to be. Oh, and I could never turn away from Bob Ross creating those "happy little clouds."

All this to say, I do appreciate art, even if I am not that well-versed in it. For one, I value the emotional and introspective stirrings that it can create when there is a strong connection to the subject or style. And I am certainly a proponent of the idea that a picture is worth a thousand words (my office is evidence to the stories behind the photos).

So, when I walked into a restaurant the other day and saw the painting above, I froze. Seriously, you would have thought I had been handed a free Boston Marathon entry. I have seen hundreds of running horses, depicted in many ways (it's sort of what I do), but I haven't ever seen this one.

What struck me was something about the relational element of the horses; the better together philosophy. There is a pace and a connection that seems to imply great momentum and purpose. I have no idea if it is "any good" but I really love the colors and the texture of the entire image. When I think of the challenge and exhilaration associated with running with horses, something very much like this comes to mind.

Here's my dilemma; there is no signature or title, and the restaurant was not certain of any information regarding it. I have written their management and await, but thought someone out there might know the style and artist, or might have seen something similar, or might even could be commissioned to do a similar work (ha, kidding, "commissioning a work" sounds more like something Thurston Howell would do, and not the running with horses guy). Anyway, looking for a print of this painting if it is out there.

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