Curious Cat

“When you get the choice to sit it out or dance…
I hope you dance… I hope you dance.”
Lee Ann Womack

Curious Cat

5″ x 7″ Gouache on Black Ampersand Clay Board

This painting was so much fun to do!  I started with the black clay board and used wet juicy brush loads of paint.  There are a lot of layers, in order to achieve the opacity over the black.    I wanted to leave a lot of the black and keep it pretty loose.  I had a great time!

Today is the day that I send out my very first monthly newsletter.  Why would I do that, you ask?  Well, I have owned my sign shop for 18 years.  I want some additional challenges in my life.  (Some good challenges are things I can do from a chair in my later years.)   Since nothing happens overnight, I am laying some of the ground work for some ideas I have.  To keep happy, I think we must constantly take a look at our lives and make room for revisions and opportunities.   Thank you for reading my blog and hopefully my newsletter.  I appreciate the friends I have made out there so very much!  🙂

Lee Ann Womack (born August 19, 1966 in Jacksonville, Texas) is a country music artist whom may best be known for her 2000 crossover hit, I Hope You Dance.

Her 1997 self-titled debut album brought her onto the country music scene as a herald of a more traditional country music sound, in a genre that had begun to sound more pop-oriented with the likes of LeAnn Rimes, Faith Hill and Shania Twain topping the charts. The hits from that first album were “Never Again, Again”, “The Fool” and “You’ve Got To Talk To Me.”

Her second album, 1998’s Some Things I Know brought us “A Little Past Little Rock”, “(Now You See Me) Now You Don’t”, and “I’ll Think Of A Reason Later”, while her third and possibly most successful album to date, 2000’s I Hope You Dance featured, along with the award-winning aforementioned title cut (which Sons of the Desert supplied the backing vocals) also featured the hits “Why They Call It Falling” and “Does My Ring Burn Your Ringer” as well as covers of the 1980 Rodney Crowell hit “Ashes By Now”, and the Don Williams’ 1970s classic, “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good.”

Womack’s fourth album, Something Worth Leaving Behind, released in 2002, was seen by many as an attempt by her to cross-over to the very pop-sound that she was the antithesis of five years earlier. The title cut was the only track on the album to reach the Top 40.

Her most recent album, 2005’s There’s More Where That Came From features her current single, “I May Hate Myself In The Morning,” and is popularly viewed by many as a return to the traditional sound that brought her success in her earlier career.

Womack has two daughters; Aubrie (with ex-husband Jason Sellers) and Anna Lise (with current husband Frank Liddell). Both daughters appeared in the video for “I Hope You Dance”.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Tammy Smith
    Jul 08, 2010 @ 10:23:26

    Thank you so much for the newsletter!!!! It really hits my heart,….and, maybe I’ll start becoming myself again. You are truly an inspiration…and “the curious cat” Oh my, I must have it…..


    • Beth Parker
      Jul 08, 2010 @ 10:35:31

      Awww, Tammy, I am so happy to hear that! I like when I can bring a smile or some positive mojo. If you like, I’ll add you to my good morning emails. You can get the good feeling every weekday! ((Hugs)) As for the cat, if you are really wanting it, it is on my website for sale. You really made my day, Tammy! Thanks!


  2. lesliepaints
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 10:16:43

    #1 I love this song of Lee Ann Womack’s. If I remember correctly it was written to her daughter. It is a great message for everyone…. You are so brave. I tried gouache and had a difficult time with it. Your painting is so cool on black clayboard. I wish you every success with your newslatter!


  3. Maureen
    Jul 07, 2010 @ 10:07:42

    Love this puddy-tat Beth – and the ‘Hope you dance’ sentiment behind i; the Curious Cat ready to Dance 🙂

    Thanks for the uplifting Newsletter too – good read and your personality shines through ……


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