Saturday, August 3, 2013

"Joie de Vivre" Acrylic painting of a Pit Bull Nancy Daleo

"Joie de Vivre"
24" x 18" x 3" Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas
Nancy Daleo  Los Angeles, CA

"Scale back your long hopes to a short period. While we speak, time is envious and is running away from us. Seize the day, trusting little in the future."
Carpe diem, or seize the day, is a Latin phrase which originated in the “Odes,” a long series of poems written by the Roman poet Horace in 65 B.C.E..
I usually post the full story of Lowess, a Pit Bull rescued by Change of Heart Pit Bull Rescue.
After I posted this painting yesterday I thought about why I chose to paint her. Lowess lived a life behind bars in a kill shelter. She was bereft of the physical, and more importantly, spiritual comforts we sometimes take for granted. After her release, COHPR was told by the vet, she didn't have long to live. The rescue made sure her last month, a month living in freedom, was truly blissful and fully lived.
I had Lowess in several art shows. People are drawn to her joy and often ask about the dog in the painting. Last night I thought about her life a lot.
Living life, for me, is not always about feeling "comfortable." It's not easy knowing about all the suffering in the world, especially knowing that many beings that suffer are helpless to act. Life is full of many shades of blue and gray. I hope when you look at Lowess, you can see life through her eyes, and follow in her paw prints. "Carpe diem," my friends...!
I dedicate this to all the incredibly brave people who sacrifice so much to save lives. You do so often at your own peril. I promise you, your efforts do not go unnoticed. Namaste, and thank you for all the joy you create through your actions.

"Joie de Vivre"

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