Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Little Gray Donkey

Who's that next door?

Meet LeRoy.  
LeRoy lives next door to my parents.  He's a scruffy little thing - on that fine line between adorable and ugly.  He's very friendly though.  It was hard to get a photo of him because he kept trying to walk right up to me.  I'd scoot back; he'd follow.  Finally he got distracted by something long enough for me to snap his picture.  

As I was painting him, I kept thinking of stories I might write about.... Then I put the three tiny white highlight dots in his big ole' black eyes... I just sat back and said, "Well, hello there!"  It amazes me when that moment comes for the painting to become real!

It made me think, not of one of the donkeys I've known, but of a donkey song.
When my daughter was about three (two decades ago), her little choir sang a song for the church Christmas program.  There were about a dozen little ones all dressed up and holding a pair of rhythm sticks.  They sang:
     Little gray donkey,
          Clip-clop, clip-clop,
               On the way to Bethlehem...
     Little gray donkey,
          Clip-clop, clip-clop,
               On the way to Bethlehem...
I don't think there were any other lyrics to this song, but it was so cute.  Just picture those little ones clacking their sticks together - some in rhythm, some not... some singing, some not... 
Maybe this painting should be titled, "Clip-Clop!"


1 comment:

  1. Hello Helen:) What a cute donkey! Love him. Very nice painted!