ArtLicensingShow.com is having a party!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

I am very excited!  Today at 2:00 eastern, Cherish Flieder’s six years of work will have a virtual ribbon cutting.  The ArtLicensingShow.com is her brilliant creation.  I am thrilled to be a founding member.  This wonderful site is a safe place for licensing artists to show their designs to art directors who license art.  It is a virtual trade show where the art directors can wander up and down the aisles and see art that is available to them.  The artists are able to reach out to prospective clients, as well.  This site has a lot of working parts and is so well thought out and executed.  To be a part of it is amazing!

“Believe” is my word of the year.  It is the inspiration for everything I am working on, because I do believe that with enough hard work, anything is possible.  I am grateful for this opportunity!  If you are an art director, and you are a member of the site, click here to see my profile.  If you aren’t a member yet (it’s free to art directors who license art) simply contact Cherish at redcarpet@artlicensingshow.com.

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2015

“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.”
Marie Curie

What do I do with a box of fish?

Hi my friends!

Yes, it’s been a very long time since I have published a blog post.  My brain was trying to wrap itself around the need to be out there with my art and the need to keep some of it hidden away to keep it safe.

I have been doing a lot of painting for the Art Licensing business and I’ve been keeping much of that art under wraps a bit.

One November day, I decided to put all of that aside and paint for pure joy.  For me.  In acrylic.  On wood.

Next thing I know, I am out in my work shop (here at Signs by Beth) cutting fish out of wood.  My Jig saw was so comfortable in my hand!  I was having a ball.

Loving my Jig Saw

Loving my Jig Saw

Well, the first 4 fish I finished sold within 4 hours after taking them to the gallery (Our Favorite Place) and posting them on Facebook.  So I started painting more fish.

You can probably guess where this is going.  No more fish sold.  Christmas is over.  I now have a lovely box of fish.

Box of Fish sm

I have been getting creative, when I have time.  Here’s one that I painted the back side with my 2015 “Intention” word.  It’s hanging in the sign shop.

Believe 1 sm

If you want to share any ideas, like Betty at Our Favorite Place, who suggested a mobile with little fish dangling below, I would welcome your ideas.  I have thought of putting hooks at the bottom for keys or pegs for hanging stuff.

Let’s have some fun with this.  I’ll share more photos, too.  If you are a blog subscriber and I make something with your idea and it sells, I’ll send a free surprise gift.

Thanks for reading my blog!  If you want to subscribe, just click the sign me up button on the right.  I just saw that I have 999 people following me.  Can we make it a cool 1000?

-Beth

Cuckoo Clock Number 16 – A Watercolor Sketch

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Cuckoo Clock Number 16 – A Watercolor Sketch

Another favorite.  I like my Captain Bird.  :)

Sadly, this brings me to the end of my cuckoo clock sketches.  Since Jell-O molds is the theme for the March lesson, you will see less of these sketches.  I’m trying, but I have been getting a slow start on the Jell-O molds.  Stay tuned.  Maybe my inspiration will come in the morning, since I do most of my painting between 5-6 am.

About Eleanor Roosevelt

Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was a powerful political figure in her own right, crusading tirelessly for humanist causes. She was born in New York on October 11, 1884 and was orphaned young. After Franklin was struck by polio, she acted as his eyes and ears. She was central to the creation of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which she considered her crowning achievement, and wrote numerous essays, including a long-running column called “My Day.” She died on November 7, 1962.

Cuckoo Clock Number 15 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.”
Marva Collins

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Cuckoo Clock Number 15 – A Watercolor Sketch

Another one of my favorites.  I’m almost done.  Tomorrow is the last cuckoo clock.

About Marva Collins

American educator Marva Collins pioneered progressive education for disadvantaged children. She was born in Alabama on August 31, 1936 and in her 20’s moved to Chicago, where she founded a school for children who were at risk. After one year, every child tested at least five grades higher. Many public schools have successfully implemented her methods. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America and she received the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004. She believes every child is a winner until someone convinces him or her too thoroughly otherwise.

Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap

The Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap is a global swap of stitched postcard love, where people all across the world make a postcard-sized piece of art using any materials they like. The only rules are that it needs to include some kind of stitching, and it needs to fit with that quarter’s swap theme.  The theme this quarter is “Create”.

Create - Logo

Create - Stitched Postcard

My Postcard – 4″ x 6″ Mixed Media

I used Indian Village handmade paper for the back.  I stitched some miscellaneous lace and fabric on with embroidery floss.  The “Create” and the stars are cut out of a watercolor painting from my stash.  It is embellished with a found butterfly and a little Believe charm.  It is winging it’s way to Laura in New Mexico today.

Note… I just discovered the stray thread at the top.  Oh well.  We’ve all seen those before.  :)

edit:  I picked up Laura’s middle name of Taylor when I wrote this.  I just caught my error.

Cuckoo Clock Number 14 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.”
Helen Keller

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2014

Cuckoo Clock Number 14 – A Watercolor Sketch

I hope you can see the crown on the bird’s head.  When I resize these for the internet, it is harder to see some of the details.  This one was fun!

About Helen Keller

American author and activist Helen Keller was born in Alabama on June 27, 1880; she became blind and deaf after a childhood fever. When she was 7, Ann Sullivan famously coaxed her out of her sullen, angry shell and taught her to communicate. From then on, Keller took on the world. She graduated from Radcliffe, traveled the world visiting sweatshops and speaking out for the powerless, helped found the ACLU, and wrote eleven books. She died on June 1, 1968.

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