Attitudes and Limitation

“To a large extent, the way we think determines who we are and what happens to us.

We cannot harbor poisonous thoughts without their effects visibly showing in our lives. If we dwell on our inadequacy and ineffectiveness, for example, circumstances will prove us correct because we will invite self-defeating events to us.

On the other hand, replacing destructive thoughts with hope-filled, optimistic ones brings peaceful and confidence-producing circumstances to us. We will radiate competence and joy.”

Liane Cordes, from The Reflecting Pond.


1.5″ x 2.5″ Watercolor ATC

I like the window, which appears to be in a yacht.  When I added the little sailboat, it just completed the whole “Dreamer” thing.  Just a peaceful little scene.  🙂

The Reflecting Pond is a collection of meditations that takes one subject at a time and covers it in depth. Whether we have a concern about self-acceptance, fear, friendship, or love, there is a chapter full of understanding thoughts. Used as an extra dose of support on specific issues, this book will help us think through day-to-day living problems.

I couldn’t find any biographical information on Liane Cordes, but I sure like that positive message!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 23:22:19

    Love the composition. And the title of this post. How wonderful to look out that porthole and see the yacht. It’s like you painted a porthole to another world.


  2. lindahalcombfineart
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 17:38:17

    Rich texture and color. Really nice!


  3. lesliepaints
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 11:10:38

    Your sailboat matches your plane! Do you have a red vehicle, Beth? I like the composition of this. These window pictures would be great as an extra page on your blog. Another idea that comes to mind is something I viewed on Myrna Wavknov’s Blog: http://myrnawacknov.blogspot.com/2010/03/work-in-progress.html Take a look. She glued small self portraits on a larger format and drew another one on top.
    You Rock!


    • Beth Parker
      Apr 29, 2010 @ 11:47:02

      Thanks, Leslie! I never thought of another page. Interesting. I love Myrna’s collage! Her blog is inspiring! Oh, and I drive a white jeep wrangler and a white company pickup. No red vehicle for me! I’ve been thinking about a bicycle. Red would be cool for a bicycle. he he 🙂


  4. Joan T
    Apr 29, 2010 @ 10:28:00

    I love the colors in this! I also like composition of the round porthole in vertical rectangle. Nice!!!


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