Sweet Baby Boy

“Hold your child’s hand every chance you get.  The time will come all too soon when he or she won’t let you.”

H. Jackson Brown Jr.
from: The Complete – Life’s Little Instruction Book

Sweet Baby Boy

5″ x 7″ Watercolor

This is my attempt to paint my little grand-nephew, Gage.  I have never met this little sweetie, because he lives in Washington state.  He was born right after I left there last fall.  I messed his little hands up, so I kinda like this version….

Jackson Brown originally wrote Life’s Little Instruction book as a gift for his son who was leaving home to begin his freshman year in college. Brown says, “I read years ago that it was not the responsibility of parents to pave the road for their children but to provide a road map, and I wanted to provide him with what I had learned about living a happy and rewarding life.” Life’s Little Instruction Book is a guidebook that gently points the way to happiness and fulfillment. The observations are direct, simple, and as practical as an umbrella.

“Most of us already know how to live a successful and purposeful life,” says Brown. “We know we should be more understanding and thoughtful, more responsible, courageous and appreciative. It’s just that we sometimes need reminding.” Life’s Little Instruction Book is that reminder and the perfect gift for students, relatives, or a friend who needs encouragement at any time of the year. A New York Times #1 bestseller for 50 weeks, it is translated into 33 languages and continues to inspire readers throughout the world. This title is available in three separate volumes or in one book collection, The Complete Life’s Little Instruction Book.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. CarolKing
    May 29, 2010 @ 22:22:12

    Congratulations on your beautiful grand-nephew. He’s lucky to have a special great aunt like you!

    I like your painting of him very much. People are hard, so good for you for giving it a go.

    I really liked the quote and the link. Thanks, I might have to get that book.


  2. Joan T
    May 29, 2010 @ 09:03:55

    What a cutie!!! You did a great job on him. Go with the crop…then you don’t have to worry about his hands. Baby hands are hard…they are so pudgie!


  3. Ji
    May 28, 2010 @ 19:29:23

    amazingly beautiful!


  4. lindahalcombfineart
    May 28, 2010 @ 17:53:00

    This is beautiful. The eyes are so full of calm and happiness. What a cute and very secure baby.


    • Beth Parker
      May 28, 2010 @ 18:06:20

      Thanks, Linda! Gage was so wanted!! They tried for 5 years to get pregnant. His momma relished every second of her pregnancy and is such a good mom, now that he’s here. It shows in his little face, doesn’t it.


  5. lesliepaints
    May 28, 2010 @ 08:45:59

    You are going to town on the figures, Beth. I like the portrait, also. It is not because of the hands. I think the eyes are so prominent, that they get lost in all that space of the entire figure. In fact, the way you do eyes is very engaging.


    • Beth Parker
      May 28, 2010 @ 09:12:09

      Thanks so much, Leslie! I have been trying to look at the form and shadow. I am self taught, so what I don’t know is A LOT, so when something kinda clicks in my head, I enjoy trying to figure it out. I think that’s why his hands look so funny. They were just forms in my head and I maybe rushed it a little. This painting only took 45 minutes. 🙂


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