Easter Ducks

Unless our desire for human compassion is stronger than our desire to be right, to be secure or to belong, love will elude us.
–Marsha Sinetar

Knowing we are loved is what most of us crave. For brief moments we feel it; then it eludes us once again. Why does it slip through our fingers so quickly? One way of attracting the love we desire is to be willing to love others. What we give to others comes back to us. Unfortunately, we may give judgment, impatience, or anger far more often than we give love.

We can learn to give compassion. First we need to make the decision to be compassionate. Then we need to act as if we’re comfortable doing this. When we have practiced it a while, we’ll discover that giving love and receiving the love we crave is within our grasp.

I will feel loved when I give love away. I don’t need to be right today. I need to be loved.

Karen Casey
A Woman’s Spirit

Easter Ducks

4″ x 6″ Watercolor on Canson 140 lb Watercolor Postcard

I wanted to do something Eastery today, for those of you celebrating the holiday.  I painted this from a reference photo by bgmet over at morguefile.com.   I was inspired by Carol King to leave a little white around the ducks.  She did a wonderful painting of Tulips and Cranberries on her blog and talked about leaving some white.  I may not have accomplished the beauty that Carol did, but I appreciated the reminder.  Go check it out here.

For another wonderful example of  leaving a little white is Leslie White’s poppies.  When I clicked on this painting to see it closer, I loved the white Leslie left.  If I keep hanging out with all of these great artists, stuff is bound to rub off on me.  Thanks, my friends!  🙂

I couldn’t find an actual biography for Ms. Sinetar, but discovered that she is an author of some amazing books.  You can find out more at her website.  About Marsha Sinetar.

About Karen Casey

Millions of people around the world spend a few moments in quiet reflection with Karen Casey every day. Karen is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning, the first daily meditation book written expressly for women in recovery from addiction. Published in 1981, Each Day a New Beginning has sold more than three million copies and has been translated into ten different languages. Over the years, readers around the world have come to regard Karen as a trusted companion on the recovery journey. Among her other best-selling inspirational books are Keepers of the Wisdom, A Woman’s Spirit, Fearless Relationships, and A Life of My Own. In her newest book, Serenity (Hazelden, 2007), Karen shares favorite passages that gently convey simple lessons for living with greater peace, hope, and trust. Karen enjoys golfing and riding her Harley with her husband. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Naples, Florida.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ambiguousartistry
    Apr 04, 2010 @ 07:43:46

    Awwww such cute ducks, I like how they’re all different colours.
    Happy Easter 🙂


  2. Alex Zonis
    Apr 03, 2010 @ 14:57:35

    Your husband took over the laundry??!!! I was going to comment on the ducks, but this news was too distracting… you lucky duck!

    Which brings me back to the ducks. So cheerful and perfect for Easter. They make me smile :).


    • Beth Parker
      Apr 04, 2010 @ 09:08:12

      The very first time I did our laundry, 10 years ago, I kinda messed it up. Not real bad, I just let it get wrinkly and such. He hasn’t let me touch it since! I may be blond, but I am certainly not dumb. 🙂 I don’t have to vacuum either. *BIG grin*

      Thanks for the comment on my ducks, Alex! 🙂


  3. Alina
    Apr 02, 2010 @ 14:23:10

    They are so sweet! 🙂
    I like it a lot!
    Beautiful painting! 😉

    Take care!!! 🙂


  4. CarolKing
    Apr 02, 2010 @ 10:37:34

    Beth, love your colorful Easter ducks and really appreciate the shout-out. Also liked today’s quote.

    Happy Easter to you and thank you for being an inspiration to me too!


  5. lesliepaints
    Apr 02, 2010 @ 08:45:00

    Love the post about compassion. Your ducks are gorgeous! The fact that you made them multi-colored does not surprise me. 🙂 This time, I really appreciate it as it brings back memories of how my son loved rubber ducky on sesame street and now has a collection of multicolored ones for his girls.
    Thank-you for referencing me, Beth!


    • Beth Parker
      Apr 02, 2010 @ 09:07:58

      Thanks, Leslie. I was happy to reference your beautiful work. I am learning so much from you.

      When I started my sign business in 1992, I branded myself by wearing overalls all the time. (In the summer they were overall shorts.) One Easter, I died a bunch of white painter’s overalls different colors. It was so much fun and made me happy, whenever I wore my new pink, yellow, purple, blue, green or orange duds. 🙂

      Life is what you make it, I say.


      • lesliepaints
        Apr 02, 2010 @ 15:13:18

        Do you still wear the colored overalls? Just so they know you are the sign painter? I can see ones with big multi-colored splotches! 🙂

      • Beth Parker
        Apr 02, 2010 @ 17:34:03

        Nah, when my husband started doing all of the laundry, he didn’t like the clanking noise the buckles made, so I quit wearing them. Small sacrifice to never have to do laundry. **BIG grin** 🙂 I miss them tho, they were fun!

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