What Was I Thinking?

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant with the weak… because in your life you will have been all of these.”
— George Washington Carver

“What Was I Thinking?”

8″ x 10″ Acrylic on Yes! Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I know, I know….. Must be because I’m sick.  I spent more hours than I can count on this.  I spent 4 hours on the Banty, before I ever added the quilt.  Huh???

This second photo is a little truer to the color.  I added a half a dozen blue glazes to the quilt to try to knock it back.

I know…. “What was I thinking?”  😉

I fell off into a folk art mode.  I really must shake this cold.  It’s messing with my head.  hahaha  😀

George Washington Carver

  • Born: c. 1860
  • Birthplace: Diamond Grove, Missouri
  • Died: 5 January 1943
  • Best Known As: America’s great peanut innovator

George Washington Carver was a celebrated botanist and inventor at a time when it was still rare for African-Americans to reach those heights. The son of a Missouri slave, Carver grew up to attend Iowa State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in 1894 and a master’s in 1896. He then joined the faculty of Booker T. Washington‘s Tuskegee Institute. His attempts to find crop alternatives to cotton led him to the peanut; eventually he created more than 325 products from the humble legume, helping to create demand for the plant and establish it as a major American crop. Carver also worked with sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans, among other plants, and is often credited with changing the face of agriculture in the American south.

Carver’s exact birthdate is unknown; a Missouri census record from 1870 lists George Carver as 10 years old; a photo of that record can be found here… He was an accomplished artist who displayed paintings at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair… Carver is often credited with inventing peanut butter, but it seems others had created that product before Carver began his work with peanuts… He is no relation to President George Washington. According to the Wikipedia, Carver began to use the name George Washington Carver at Iowa State “to avoid confusion with another George Carver in his classes”… Carver was posthumously awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Iowa State in 1994… Another brilliant botanist of the same era was Luther Burbank.

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14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Helen Percy Lystra
    Mar 15, 2011 @ 11:12:16

    Your work is always so cheerful! Love it.

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  2. Artswebshow
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 19:47:44

    I hope he didn’t invent peanut butter because i’d like to arrest the culinary criminal who did. lol
    Did i just say that?

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  3. Mary Moore
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 18:25:29

    I love what you did with your rooster. He was great before but the quilt put the icing on the cake. I tried mine on a leaf and he just does not show up very well. I will have to try and think of something else for his background.

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    • Beth Parker
      Sep 13, 2010 @ 19:34:50

      Thanks, Mary! The reference photo didn’t really have any background to speak of, did it. I’m glad you like my quilt. Something you probably see a lot of in Amish country. 🙂

      Reply

  4. Karen
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 10:52:18

    It’s so fun and whimsical, Beth, I love it! I like the pieces that you add a bit more detail to (although it probably does make you crazy). Well done.
    K
    PS-sorry to hear that you are not feeling well, get well soon!

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  5. lesliepaints
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 09:39:38

    Absolutely sparkling fun! Look what you can come up with when given more time! Definitely folksy and definitely worth your time!

    Reply

  6. Helen Percy Lystra
    Sep 13, 2010 @ 09:14:31

    Love the rooster … can’t imagine painting the quilt but it turned out quite nice. Your work works for a folk art piece.

    Reply

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