“He who would learn to fly one day must first learn to stand and walk and run and climb and dance; one cannot fly into flying.”
– Friedrich Nietzsche
Carlton Landing Plein Air – 5.5″ x 6.5″ Watercolor
Saturday, I went to a Memorial Day picnic at Carlton Landing. They had this big beautiful pavilion there that was made in San Antonio, taken apart, shipped to Oklahoma and re-assembled on site. There is no metal in it. It is put together with wooden pegs. It is really beautiful and huge! My little plein air painting doesn’t do it justice. This is just a small corner of it.
They had the most wonderful music being performed, while I painted. The artist was John Fullbright, an Okema, Oklahoma native. I really enjoyed the afternoon.
About Friedrich Nietzsche
Controversial German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche is best known for his book Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Born in 1844 near Leipzig, he renounced Prussian citizenship in 1869, remaining stateless the rest of his life. In his work, he argued against the concept of an omnipotent deity, believing in a “will to power,” a drive toward creativity that could explain everything from natural phenomena to human behavior. He suffered from insanity, possibly syphilis-induced, for his last ten years. He died in 1900.
“Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken.”
– Frank Herbert
Touranga Sea Birds – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC
This little ATC went to Graham in Auckland, New Zealand.
These birds seemed fitting for a long holiday weekend. There will be a lot of backyard fun, barbeques and swimming for most families. I am going to Carlton Landing’s grand opening chili cookoff and then to a birthday party on Saturday. Sunday and Monday will be for painting and studying. I am really looking forward to some down time with the hubby, as he is still healing and getting better. He’s having to skip the Saturday events, but we’ll have the next two days together.
I hope that whatever you’re doing, you enjoy the holiday and stay safe. Don’t forget to say a little thank you to our brave military men and women, who risk their lives to keep us safe. Happy Memorial Day!
About Frank Herbert
American author Frank Herbert is the author of Dune, the ecological science-fiction classic that has inspired cult-like devotion among fans. He was born in Tacoma in 1920. He lied about his age to get his first newspaper job in 1939. He was inspired to write Dune after researching an article about sand dunes in Oregon. The book took six years to write and was rejected by 23 publishers. It was a critical success for its exploration of issues of religion, politics, and survival. He died in 1986.
“Happiness always looks small while you hold it in your hands, but let it go, and you learn at once how big and precious it is.”
– Aleksei Peshkov
Never take happiness for granted. If you find it slipping away, you better get busy and get it back! We just get this one life, ya know.
Bird ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor
Here’s another little spring ATC from the old exchange. I am going to paint this weekend. I can’t wait to have new art to share! Hubby is improving, since he’s been home. I’m taking him for a 1 week check up tomorrow, to ensure he’ll be good to go for the long weekend. YAY!
About Aleksei Peshkov
Russian social realist author Aleksei Peshkov, known as Maxim Gorky, was so esteemed that his birthplace, Nizhny Novgorod, was renamed Gorky in his honor. He was born in 1868. His parents died when he was young, and he left his home at age 12. He was arrested in the late 1880′s as a revolutionary. His writing, including his best-known novel, The Mother, portrayed a decadent society and immense poverty. He became disillusioned after the Russian Revolution, feeling Lenin’s Communism was little better. He died in 1936.
“Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
Pink Swans – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC
This little ATC went to Ai in Bangkok, Thailand
I am hoping to take Sunday and Monday off, to paint and do some honey-do stuff. I am so ready to get the paint and brushes out!
About Alexander Graham Bell
Scottish-Canadian inventor Alexander Graham Bell is credited with inventing the telephone; he also invented the metal detector, which he created hurriedly in an attempt to find the bullet that killed President James Garfield. He was born in 1847 in Edinburgh. He began as an elocutionist but began learning about acoustics to find a way to help his deaf mother. Other inventions include the telegraph and the phonograph. He also developed techniques to teach speech to the deaf. He died in 1922.
“A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work.”
– John Lubbock
I Smell Birdseed! – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC
“I’m Sigbert the Squirrel. The thing I like best about spring is BIRD SEED! I smell BIRD SEED!! Where’s the BIRD SEED? Sorry about all the shouting.”
This little ATC went to Sue in Australia.
About John Lubbock
John Lubbock, the multifaceted British banker, statesman, and scientist, was responsible for the institution of England’s monthly Bank Holidays, sometimes referred to as St. Lubbock Days. He was born in 1834 in England. Growing up, he learned science from his father’s friend Charles Darwin. He coined the terms Paleolithic and Neolithic to denote the different Stone Ages, and he wrote the well-regarded books Prehistoric Times and Ants, Bees, and Wasps. He died in 1913.
“Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
– St. Francis of Assisi
Wiggle Your Butt! – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor
I brought my husband home from the hospital Friday afternoon, after 2 full weeks! YAY!! When he was napping, I went to WetCanvas to see what was on the WDE to paint and I found these happy tourists in Paris. I knew it was the reference for me, since I was so happy. Of course, the hubby needed me 37 times during the painting of this, but I still enjoyed it very much.
I am so pleased with his recovery since he has been home. He is able to stay by himself and I can attack the huge backlog of Memorial Day orders awaiting me at the sign shop. Whoo Hoo!!
My heart goes out to all the victims of the terrible tornado that destroyed Joplin, Mo last night.
About St. Francis of Assisi
St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology in Catholicism, was born Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone into a wealthy Italian merchant family in 1181. As a youth, he was known for carousing. After a series of illnesses, one of which occurred while a prisoner of war, he had a spiritual awakening. God came to him in a vision and told him to build up his crumbling church. Taking the dream literally, he began rebuilding a local chapel. He took a vow of poverty and began traveling, preaching, and working to help the sick and the poor. A group formed around him, becoming the Franciscan order. He died in 1226.
“If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you’ll never enjoy the sunshine.”
– Morris West
Scarlett McCaws – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC
“We’re Sam and Steve, the Scarlet McCaws. The thing we like best about spring is all the fresh gossip! I don’t know if you realize this, but guys gossip way more than the ladies do.”
This little Spring swap ATC went to Jean in Palo Alto, CA.
I have missed painting and blogging over the last couple weeks. My husband is still in the hospital (today makes 2 weeks) but he is getting stronger and I keep hoping to bring him home soon. He is still battling pneumonia in one lung and some infection. I appreciate all the prayers and good thoughts going our way.
About Morris West
Morris West, the popular Australian writer best known for religious thrillers including The Shoes of the Fisherman and The Devil’s Advocate, spent 12 years in a Christian Brothers monastery but left before taking his final vows. He was born in Melbourne in 1916. He wrote his first book while serving in the South Pacific during World War II. After the war, he held such varied jobs as a radio soap-opera writer and Vatican correspondent for London’s Daily Mail. He died in 1999.
“Everything you are against weakens you. Everything you are for empowers you.”
– Dr. Wayne Dyer
Quick Sketch – Watercolor 4″ x 6″
I did this little watercolor while my husband napped in the hospital. I should be able to bring him home today or tomorrow. This is day 10 for him. He’s certainly anxious to get out of there.
About Dr. Wayne Dyer
Dr. Wayne Dyer, called the father of motivation by his fans, is a clinical psychologist and author of such best sellers as Your Erroneous Zones and The Power of Intention. He was born in 1940 in Detroit and grew up in orphanages and foster homes. After four years in the Navy, he received his doctorate from the University of Michigan. His spiritually based message focuses on self-reliance and ways to change the tenor of one’s thoughts. He has appeared on the Today Show, The Tonight Show, and Oprah. He now lives in Maui.
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life; define yourself.”
– Harvey Fierstein
I love that quote!
Razz – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC
This little ATC went to Peggy in LaVerne, CA.
I’m nearing the end of my little birds of spring series. I hope I get to paint this weekend, but it’s not looking good so far. Please bear with my while I’m traveling back and forth to Tulsa. I appreciate all my blogger friends!
About Harvey Fierstein
Harvey Fierstein, the raspy-voiced American actor, playwright, and gay activist, is best known for his semiautobiographical play, Torch Song Trilogy, which garnered Tony Awards for writing and acting. He was born in Brooklyn in 1954. His onstage debut as a female impersonator at age 16 led to a role in a 1971 Andy Warhol play. He adapted the French show La Cage aux Folles into a Broadway musical and, later, the movie The Birdcage. He has appeared in such varied movies as Independence Day and Mrs. Doubtfire.
“Only a man who knows what it is like to be defeated can reach down to the bottom of his soul and come up with the extra ounce of power it takes to win when the match is even.”
– Muhammad Ali
Petulia the Pelican – 2.5″ x 4.5″ Watercolor ATC
“I’m Petulia the pelican. The thing I like about spring is my flowerdy hat! It gets raggedy during the winter, so I spruce it up in the spring with all new flowers. I do like the beach, but I love my flowerdy hat!”
This little ATC went to Shirley in Canada.
I didn’t do any new art last weekend, so you’re stuck with old ones this week.
My husband fell and fractured some ribs and punctured a lung on Friday. I have been spending most of my time at the hospital in Tulsa, which is an hour and a half away. I’m driving back and forth and until he gets out, I’m only spending 4 hours (on weekdays) a day at the sign shop. He’s going to be okay. I’m thankful it wasn’t more serious.
About Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali, the American boxing legend known for his saucy rhyming boasts as much as his quick fists, was a three-time heavyweight champion. He was born Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. in Louisville in 1942. His bike was stolen when he was 12, and a cop suggested he take up boxing. Though he became known as the greatest fighter of the twentieth century, with 56 wins and only five defeats, the sport took its toll in pugilism-induced Parkinson’s disease. Since retiring from boxing, Ali has dedicated himself to civic and humanitarian issues. He was called on to negotiate the release of hostages in Iraq in 1991, and in 2005 he was awarded with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.