Why the title?

"Pioneers take the arrows"

Oh, wait. I should be upbeat and taking arrows doesn't sound like an upbeat thing to say.

So, let me amend that statement.

It was courage and vision that led the pioneers to leave behind a comfortable, settled life and trek West to begin a new life in a new place. Many of those from the East that went West found a strength within themselves that they didn't see while they were in their old life. Instead of being one of those that just kind of went along with the others in the old life, they became leaders and visionaries in their new lives.

The sentiments of that last paragraph come from a favorite author, Louis L'Amour, in many of his books. So, I can't really say that it is an original thought from me. However, what he said is truthful.

Welcome to being a pioneer. Look ahead and ignore the "barking dogs" that give you negative opinions and comments. Louis L'Amour also spoke of the barking dogs.

In some of his stories, it was usually a father or older man telling a young boy how it was that when the Westward bound Conestoga wagons rolled through towns, the dogs came out to bark at them. His character then told the young listener that the barking didn't stop the wagons from going on to their destinations.

Following the advice of the Louis L'Amour characters, may we all forge ahead with our plans, after carefully considering all consequences and leave the "barkers" behind.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Inter-blog Activity in the Form of a Game

Thus, something new has sprung up in the painting world. The renowned artist, Richard, at this blog posting has painted in something that I see, but he swears he didn’t put there. He has created a painting with four trees entitled, “Deep in the Forest” and I see a critter at the base of one of the trees.


At the time of this writing, he hasn’t acknowledged seeing what I’ve seen, so I either got a-hold of some “wacky-weed” without knowing it, or my vision has deteriorated. With his permission, I am going to try to use photo manipulation software to crop and point out somehow the parts that I see that gives an impression of a critter standing at the base of the tree.

Until I accomplish that, I’ll let my readers look at it to see if anyone else sees the mystery critter. To me, it looks almost like a miniature donkey. It is located at the base of the left-center tree, the rump of the animal is more in the foreground with the head to the back and to the right, and there are two downward strokes of paint at the rear that appear to be somewhat thin legs. Towards the “head” end of the critter a pair of ears are visible to my fertile imagination and to the right of the shortened head of a donkey is a single eye in a lighter color.

So, let’s see if anyone else can see the critter that I do before I get the marking of the photo done. That will probably be tomorrow, as it is getting rather late for doing it this evening.

Don’t start by looking close. Look at the top picture without clicking on it so that you have a distant looking image. That is where I first noticed it. The second photo shows the critter right at dead center in the image.

I guess instead of “Pin the Tail on the Donkey”, we’ll play “Pin the Donkey on the Painting.”

Good luck.


  1. Terry - check my blog I have reworked some sections of the painting - Not that I saw any critters and I DID NOT touch the section that you saw YOUR critter. My advice take 2 of something -but not what you took before seeing THE CRITTER and perhaps take a nap - LOL. :>)

  2. I.M. seein' that donkey too, but only when I.M. don't look all to sharp at it. Maybe it are one of them sublimital messages, but what that are has gots I.M. stumped. Thanks fer the link to that website, it are interestin' and I.M. likes his paintin' and the writin' of both of them.


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