Squirrel Eats the Pigeon’s Lunch

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”
– Orison Swett Marden

Squirrel Eats the Pigeon’s Lunch

4″ x 6″ Watercolor on Indian Village handmade paper

I loved this reference photo.  There really was a pigeon in it, watching the squirrel eat.  Of course, they we both kinda gray, so I had a little fun with them.  The background was a big tree trunk, so I sent them on an adventure in the country.  Isn’t art fun?  We can do anything our little hearts desire….. and get away with it!  😀

I just wanted to show you a little bit of history.  This Tastee Freez has been open in Eufaula, since 1956.  I just lettered the windows this morning and it got me wondering about the history, so  I called City Hall to get the date it opened.  Of course, in a couple weeks it will open up as Just ‘Wingin” It, but I am proud that nobody has had the nerve to remove the nostalgic Tastee Freez sign.  Our little town wouldn’t be the same without it.

About Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden, the American writer who is considered the forerunner of motivational authors, wrote an average of two books a year from 1894 to 1924. He was born on a New England farm in 1850. During college, he worked in hotel management. He then used his seed money to buy a resort in Rhode Island. Wanting to inspire people as he himself had been inspired by British author Samuel Smiles, he began writing books like You Can, But Will You? and founded Success Magazine. He died in 1924.

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joan T
    Jun 17, 2010 @ 09:07:49

    I love your colorful squirrel!!! How great that the Tasty Freeze building has been there for so long…and “progress” hasn’t torn it down to build a parking lot. I love finding those nostalgic spots when I travel.


  2. lindahalcombfineart
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 17:19:02

    I think that chubby little booger ate more than one of that pigeon’s meals! Fun, fun, fun! You know Pink Squirrel sounds like a great name for ice cream. Lets see strawberry with crushed raspberries and red M&M’s or a watermelon sorbet with crushed redhots or a…


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 17, 2010 @ 06:43:22

      Thanks, Linda! I’m glad you like my squirrel! I have a friend that said there is a drink with about 16,837 calories, named the Pink Squirrel. he he 😀


  3. asmalltowndad
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 11:57:04

    I’m thinking that I just spoked to you about that jacket with the sleeves in the back… and now your seeing pink squirrels, hmmmm you’re worrying me!
    Seriously, very fun, cool painting.
    Nothing better than home-made or soft serve ice cream, it’s making me hungry right now!


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 16, 2010 @ 13:10:43

      Hmmmm, what did I do with that funny looking jacket? Lots of buckles, right? 🙂 When a restaurant client is already open, I can usually give them the starving puppy dog look and get a little ice cream or something, but that place is totally empty. There is one little part of the sign I held back until after the soft serve machine arrives. he he he Nothing like planning ahead. 🙂


  4. lesliepaints
    Jun 16, 2010 @ 09:36:35

    Oh, how fun! If I looked outside in my backyard and saw a pink squirrel I’d sit mesmerised watching it, all because it was a different color. I did watch one a couple days ago and he was very entertaining. He would stop and look around and listen every few moments. I’d be a nervous wreck if I had to do that all day!
    You mean “NO” ice cream? they are selling chicken wings? What a neat job to travel around doing these signs and lettering.


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 16, 2010 @ 10:27:23

      Thanks, Leslie! Oh, yeah, I’d be a nervous wreck, too. 🙂

      Just ‘Wingin’ It going to serve ice cream. If they didn’t, someone would probably run them outta town! They do have a tradition to uphold, after all. 🙂 They’ll have 12 different kinds of chicken wings, plus the usual burgers and stuff. I hope they do well.


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