Turkey Trot

“Persons with comparatively moderate powers will accomplish much, if they apply themselves wholly and indefatigably to one thing at a time.”
Samuel Smiles

Turkey Trot

4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I thought I’d continue in my pink theme for the week.  I had fun painting this little postcard.  I used the same photo to paint these turkeys as I used to paint the ones I posted earlier.  The last painting was done in 2008.  The reference is from RubyRedDog2 at WetCanvas.

I have been successful at getting more work done by staying off the internet the last two days.  My computer must be mad at me though, because it is crawling at a snail’s pace today.

Samuel Smile

Name: Samuel Smiles
Birth Date: December 23, 1812
Death Date: April 16, 1904
Nationality: British
Gender: Male

Dictionary of Literary Biography on Samuel Smiles

Asa Briggs, the twentieth-century social critic and historian who has devoted the most attention to Samuel Smiles, sums up Smiles’s general significance best: “Every society has its propagandists who try to persuade their fellow-citizens to develop a special kind of social character which will best serve the needs of the day. In mid-Victorian England one of the most important propagandists was Samuel Smiles, described by the editor of the Autobiography as ‘the authorized and pious chronicler of the men who founded the industrial greatness of England.’… Where Carlyle meditated on the abbot Samson, Smiles told his stories–true stories of men like Josiah Wedgwood, William Lee, James Brindley, and George Stephenson. He saw that the everyday work of applied science had its romance, and he found his heroes among the engineers, the inventors, and the enterprisers.” In addition to his contributions to industrial biography, he is remembered for the “gospel of work” that he propounded in Self-Help (1859), a guidebook to success and “getting on” that attained worldwide popularity in the Victorian period.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Oct 03, 2010 @ 19:41:50

    Those turkeys sure have clocked some miles. They are now in the country and still walking strong! Love the pink.


  2. Rick Daddario
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 08:47:38

    i like this Beth. i’m never quite sure whether i should say something when a work reminds me of something else or not. on one hand, it’s what happens and it’s usually work that i like or think is good – or that is quite notable at least. on the other hand i’d probably rather my work was so different that in most cases it is simply me. …that said… yeah, one of my first thoughts on this took me to the Beatles Yellow Submarine movie/video. some how it has that feel for me. …and yeah, i like that work too. pink on. cool.


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 01, 2010 @ 09:46:53

      Thank you, Rick. I am actually quite happy when my art reminds people of happy memories or memorable things. It’s not laying flat on the paper, but dancing in their heads. 🙂


  3. lesliepaints
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 08:43:53

    These turkeys have sure taken a trek from a few days ago when they were enjoying big city life! Brings to mind a children’s book illustration that could fit a series titled Tilly and Tom Turkeys’ Adventures. You are good at manipulating color and backgrounds, Beth, and have the imagination to storytell through images. I think that is an admirable skill. FUN!!! UPBEAT!!!


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 01, 2010 @ 09:48:47

      Wow! Thanks so much, Leslie! I am just not good at photo realism, so why not have a little fun, right? I go on some kind of little adventure with almost every painting. 🙂


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