“All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.”
– Joseph Jourbert


5″ x 7″ Acrylic on Ampersand Clayboard

This one just makes me happy when I look at it.  There’s just something about sunflowers.

Did you know there was a National Sunflower Association?

This photo was printed from their gallery.  It is okay to post this, as long as I tell you where I found the photo.

Can you imagine how breathtaking it would be to happen upon this wonderful field of sunflowers?  Wow!  🙂

Joubert, Joseph (1754-1824). Author of pensées, maxims, and some remarkable letters. He was early in contact with Diderot, and later a friend of Chateaubriand, Bonald, Fontanes, Chênedollé, and other major figures of the age. Suffering from poor health, he led a retired life, except for serving under Napoleon in the education ministry.

Much admired for the concise, accurate, at times witty quality of his writing, he refused to compose any work of length, preferring the private ‘carnet’, in which he combines a classical quest for concision with an introspective, analytical bent. He writes in the La Rochefoucauld tradition, but with a more tolerant, even Epicurean view of mankind; his critical judgements on writers are often remarkable for their acuity. A collection of his Pensées was published by Chateaubriand in 1838, followed by the fuller Pensées, maximes, essais et correspondance, published by P. de Raynal in 1842.

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Joan T
    Jul 28, 2010 @ 03:09:41

    Great work Beth! I love the sunflowers and the bears on skates. Come visit my blog. I have uploaded paintings a few times. Ciao!


  2. CarolKing
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 20:39:53

    A beautiful sunflower. Sometimes they scare me when they’re not cut. They are so tall and seem like they follow you with their large center eye!


  3. lindahalcombfineart
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 17:53:46

    Wow, Beth! I didn’t realize how out of touch I’ve been. I’ve missed some really stunning pieces on you blog. The sunflower is gorgeous and I love the cat! I need to go slowly down your blog so I can enjoy your diversity and creativity. And your sense of humor. Great work!


    • Beth Parker
      Jul 27, 2010 @ 18:11:23

      Thank you, Linda! You’ve been busy with grandkids, right? I’ve been busy with my acrylics. I’m having the time of my life with these newest paintings. Thanks for taking the time to comment. 🙂


  4. lesliepaints
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 10:00:37

    The quote today is cool. I think more than gardeners make their worlds beautiful so the quote can extend to anyone in any walk of life. Like your art. You are making a part of the world beautiful. Love the swirl in the sunflowere you painted. Thank-you for the view of a field of sunflowers!


    • Beth Parker
      Jul 27, 2010 @ 10:06:33

      Thanks so much, Leslie! You are so right about people creating their own beauty in the world. To me, watching an old couple dance a waltz, like they have danced it together a million times, is beautiful.

      I have no patience for gardening. It’s fun in the spring, but all the work in the heat of summer is not for me. I stay inside and garden with my paintbrush. Way more fun! 🙂


  5. asmalltowndad
    Jul 27, 2010 @ 08:00:59

    The sunflower is one of my wife’s favorites. There are some patches on highways here that the state has planted acres of them, it looks so cool when in bloom. Cool painting!


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