“Most people are so busy knocking themselves out trying to do everything they think they should do, they never get around to do what they want to do.”

– Kathleen Winsor

The Fluffy Cardinal

4″ x 4″ Watercolor

Kathleen Winsor is so right! I knocked myself out for thirty years, doing what I thought I should do. In the last two and a half years, since I picked up my paint brushes again, I feel a whole new bounce in my step and I have a merrier outlook on life! Funny how that works out!

About Kathleen Winsor
American author Kathleen Winsor is best known for the racy historical novel, Forever Amber, which made a huge splash when it was first published in 1944, selling 100,000 copies the first week. It was banned in 14 states for its sexual content. The ensuing debate contributed to the loosening of restrictions that allowed works by D. H. Lawrence and Henry Miller to be published in the US. Winsor wrote a number of other novels, none as successful. She was born in 1919 and died in 2003.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. dissengallery
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 08:56:36

    I love him, reminds me of the “fluffy” blue jay I saw in my yard the other day…though I was not so kind as you, I thought he was just plain tubby! I have some corn out there he was eating, building his winter layers I guess… Ha, thanks for sharing Beth.


  2. lesliepaints
    Nov 10, 2009 @ 16:37:04

    I totally agree with this quote.I even know people who believe that the more busy they are, the happier. I hear them complaining and watch as they are late to functions. I think they are so busy it keeps their mind off their other worries and they call that happy.
    I am still impressed with what some of you get on a 4″x4″ format. Nice cardinal!


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 10, 2009 @ 16:53:47

      Thanks, Leslie! I agree with that quote, too. I am trying so hard to eliminate all of the non-essentials from my life. I am enjoying my 50’s so much that I want to leave time to paint the roses. *grin*


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