Life is Art

Art takes many forms: drawing, writing, singing, dancing, acting...
Art is creation.

Creators make the world more interesting with their crafts...

Artists make the world more beautiful with their work.
Writers make the world more bearable with their words.

Musicians give us a tune, and painters lend us a muse.
Designers send us ideas, and chefs help us with food.

Actors urge us to feel.
Comedians prompt us to laugh.
Singers inspire us to sing.
Dancers remind us to dance.

Art is creation.
Art is... life.

Life is a canvas. A slate. A stage.
It's a song. A dance. An open page.

Life is... art.
You... are the artist.

Life is... a story.
You... are the author.

Your life is the story of who you are. It's the novel of what you are. It's the tale of why you are here.

It's the story of... you. A story that's yet to be fully-told... because it's yet to be fully-written...

You are writing your story... right now.

As with any tale, each life has a beginning... and an end. But unlike most stories, the way your life began, and the way it ends, are nearly irrelevant to the plot.

One day... however long ago... you were born. It doesn't matter where or when it happened. You're here.

And some day... however long from now... you'll die. It doesn't matter how or why you do. You're gone.

All that matters... the only thing that matters... is how you lived.

In other words... how you choose to decorate the canvas of your life... how you choose to fill the pages of your story...

The good news? The way you choose to live this life... well... that's just about the only thing you can control. You can't change the circumstances of your birth. You can't change the inevitability of your death...

But how you live... that's all you, buddy.

The experiences after your arrival... the events before your departure... those are the things that matter --the only things that matter.
The "in-between" ... is life.

Life is a canvas. 
A massive canvas, a forgiving canvas, a distinctly-unique canvas.

Yet, it is not a blank canvas. Where you came from. What you came from. Who you came from. Each of these things tossed some paint onto the canvas of your life.

Even still... none of these things... defines your creation.
You do.

Maybe you aren't big on "the arts." Maybe you aren't that "creative." Maybe you suck at drawing, and poetry, and crafts. And maybe you don't give a crap about any of that.

Regardless... in your own life, you are the artist. You are the author. You are the creator.

You are... you. No one else can be that.
Your life is... yours. No one else can live that.

You are the only you who will ever live. Your story is the only story of you that will ever be told.

The artwork of your life can be everything you want it to be: Mediocre or impressive. Boring or impactful. Fleeting... or everlasting.

Your time here can mean something. Your story can change something. Your life can matter.

It's all possible... because you hold the brush, the pen, and the paper. You are the creator of your own destiny... your own legacy.

No matter what your "artistic abilities" may be... you are an artist. Even if you can't paint, you're a painter. Even if you can't sculpt, you're a sculptor. Even if you can't write, you're a writer. Even if you can't act, you're an actor.

Your life is a stage. Act.

*Act today by donating to Lucky Dog Rescue. Giving to others is one of the most beautiful ways to make your life count. 


  1. Well Said, Ashley!!! We must all remember this, When our time comes to an end, what we've done in our life is what we leave behind, in memories of those we shared our life with. It is for this reason that we must succeed in whatever we do, so that our legacy is something well worth remembering.
    Kimberly W, Alexandria, MN

  2. @Pet Pardons (AKA Mr. pain-in-the-ass Chris Hoar),

    Bahahahaha. Yep. Very.

    PS- Thanks for the drugs.


    1. OK A - you're welcome and B - you weren't meant to take them all at once.

    2. Ummm... you need to tell me these things when you DELIVER the drugs... not AFTER I'm already sooooooo high.

      Worst drug dealer EVER.


  3. OK when i dropped them off you were passed out, drooling on your bong.

  4. And is that order for 12 rocks of crack legit?m Never took you for a crack whore, but i guess people change

    1. You're really one to call someone a "whore," Mr. Hoar...

      By the way, I love the direction that this particular post has taken.

      PS- You are fired.

    2. OK i fired your fat ass years ago, but you won't leave, how desperate for attention are you? Wow!

  5. By the way your plastic surgeon called, he said its no go on the nose job, it's just too big. Try more make up or something.

    1. But is he still going to do your "face job???" Because that needs to happen ASAP.


  6. bahah comic relief for today : )

  7. Awesome blog post, as always!! :) I really love the pic of you at PWaT, with me in the background making such a cool face. I was trying to get my Dog painted before the teacher snatched my paints away. (Which happened, btw) :) Love reading your blog!!!

  8. You guys are too funny!!!

  9. Ashley, you are a woman of many talents and an inspiration to many. The work you do with dogs warms my heart although their sad stories often make me cry, if only there were more people like you in the world. I love the colour and brightness that you have injected into your dog painting, please keep creating and sharing.

    Your huge smile and honesty is endearing in a society that can be lacking in both so I’ve nominated you for the Genuine Blogger Award and the Sunshine Award! Here is the link: http://twoblackdoggies.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/two-black-dogs-be-thanking-you/


    This is an Internet scam and this bitch does NOT exist. The bitch isn't registered as a charity; she has milked many people with those pics. This "rescue" does not pick up or return calls or adopt out dogs. All she is there for is to "accept donations". It's a guy with a fake bitch pic.

    And you can read the language of the posts and replies and judge for yourself.


    1. how do you know?

    2. Now that I look, the two first pictures are the exact same face Photoshopped onto a body.

    3. BTW - Lucky Dog Rescue is registered on the IRS website as a non-profit.

    4. I can't help but laugh at this. It's so insanely delusional... that it's actually pretty darn funny.

      First of all, Lucky Dog Rescue is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Look it up on the IRS website anytime you like. Search:
      Lucky Dog Rescue, Meridian, Mississippi.
      IT EXISTS.

      In addition, Lucky Dog Rescue is also listed as a registered charity with the state of Mississippi... information which can quickly & easily be verified on the Mississippi Secretary of State website.
      Again: Lucky Dog Rescue, Meridian, MS
      Go ahead, & look that one up too.

      Secondly, "this "bitch" (aka ME) DOES exist. I am a real person who runs a real rescue. That's a fact.

      Thirdly, regarding the comment: "This 'rescue' does not pick up or return calls or adopt out dogs."
      Well... it would help if you ACTUALLY CALLED first. Then... maybe your statement would be relevant.
      Yet... since you've never actually called here, then you'd never actually know that I DO answer & return calls about dogs.
      However, everyone is required to fill out the adoption application PRIOR to any phone conversation about adoption, per my rescue policy. If someone calls and they haven't filled out the app yet, then I'll give them the link... and contact them once the app has been completed.

      And lastly, to the person who said: "Now that I look, the two first pictures are the exact same face Photoshopped onto a body."

      Well... funny enough... I have THE EXACT SAME FACE... ALL THE TIME. It's just the face I was given, and my face probably DOES look pretty darn similar from one picture to the next... considering that it's the SAME face in EVERY picture. Um, 'cause it's my face, right?

      However, I do not have Photoshop on my computer, nor do I have time to waste adding MY OWN HEAD to MY OWN BODY. That's just silly.

      Also, if you think that some "dude" just randomly hired some "fake bitch" to "pretend" that she's running some sort of "fake" rescue as a some sort of "scam" ... hmmm... then ask yourself this:
      Why wouldn't the "dude" or the "fake bitch" just use that time & energy... TO RUN AN ACTUAL RESCUE?
      Do you think that animal rescue is some fantastic money-making scheme? Ha!!! Far from it! It's a money pit!!! Yet-- "money" is not our concern. Saving the animals is.

      Either way... please... do something productive with your time.
      My dogs deserve much better than for you to waste your precious time bashing their mom.
      Seriously, it's completely useless... not to mention-- hateful & irresponsible.



      Ashley Owen Hill: actual person, actual girl, actual rescuer

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