Before the Tourists

“You have to take it as it happens, but you should make it happen the way you want to take it.”
Old German Proverb

Before the Tourists

9″ x 12″ Watercolor on Strathmore 140 lb. coldpress

As you know,  this is a huge painting for me!  The references had a bizzilion beach chairs and a fence.  I decided to see what it looked like before the tourists came.  He he he

Speaking of tourists… this weekend is our annual Bucket Run on Lake Eufaula.  The sailboats come to play!  I hope to be out there somewhere with my camera.  There is just something about sailboats!  I’m sure it’s a lot more work than they make it seem.  It’s so calming to watch them floating on the lake, like they don’t have a care in the world.

The festivities begin Friday night May 21st with registration starting at 8 pm and continuing until? They’ll have live music by Bluefish, a wine tasting hosted by Sailing Horse Winery and lots of sailboats. The race for the bucket kicks off at 10 am on Saturday the 22nd. Saturday night they’ll feed pizza and wings to all the crews at Evergreen Marina .On Sunday the 23rd the line opens once again at 10 am for the run back to Eufaula Cove. Awards will be handed out at 4 pm at Gators!  For more info click here.

German proverbs represent one of the finest cultures in Europe. They have a very practical approach and the humor present in some of them gives them a bit of a sweeter taste so to speak. However the sharp realism in some of them is pretty blunt and will not pet anyone, embodying somehow the German direct way of speaking. Nonetheless the German proverbs will pitch your thinking and make you consider some new views.

As an old German proverb says “A country can be judged by the quality of its proverbs”; when it comes to Germany there is plenty to say. Given to the fact that over 40 million Americans are of German ancestry, it is obvious how due to their emigration in the United States of America their words of wisdom inheritance was translated into English, therefore, some of these proverbs may seem familiar.

Spoken directly or with humor, the German proverbs are a great source of thought provoking ideas; see more in the article here.


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    May 22, 2010 @ 23:56:27

    Do they have an off season! I think a wind came along and just blew everything off to the left just out of site.:) Peaceful is what I think.


  2. CarolKing
    May 22, 2010 @ 11:34:42

    Hi Beth, Another beautiful painting and I like your description of the original reference. I remember once in St. Croix I was enjoying some quiet time on the beach when all of a sudden a Disney Cruise excursion dumped tons of people on my quiet beach.

    I had to leave!

    The Bucket Run sounds like fun and I expect to see some wonderful sailboat paintings on your blog shortly.


    • Beth Parker
      May 23, 2010 @ 09:59:31

      Thanks, Carol! I had an experience like that in the Ozarks once. We were settled in on a grassy slope, sipping our wine and having cheese, when one of those little trucks with 10 carloads – like a train – stopped there and let all the people off on the other side of our little slope. They literally swarmed over the top of the hill and went everywhere!!! It was awful and we ran away, too! 🙂


  3. Joan T
    May 22, 2010 @ 10:40:56

    This is the way I like my tropical beaches…without the crowds. Lovely job!!! Enjoy the races!!


  4. lindahalcombfineart
    May 22, 2010 @ 06:45:50

    Peaceful. Like earlier morning in the islands…my favorite time of day.


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