Masters Study – American Flamingo 1838 by John James Audubon

“I always have enough time to thank people for their help and kindness, no matter how small their act was.”
–Richard Carlson, Ph.D. (The Don’t Sweat Affirmations)

Masters Study – American Flamingo 1838 by John James Audubon

2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

A link to the original Audubon painting is here.  This is the last one of the Masters Study series.  I wonder what I’ll do next?  he he

My life has been a whirlwind lately.  I haven’t had time to get around to the blogs and visit, but I will.  I promise.  Soon.  🙂

The Don’t Sweat Affirmations

100 affirmations that reinforce the don’t sweat philosophy of life: that not letting the little things get to you is a great way to reduce stress overall. These peaceful, beautifully written affirmations are simple statements that hold a big impact. Readers who repeat only several affirmations a day will find their lives becoming more calm and less frantic immediately.

About the Author

Best-selling author Richard Carlson, Ph.D., creator of the popular Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff series and the just published Don’t Get Scrooged, died suddenly of cardiac arrest enroute to New York on December 13. Carlson, 45, published his first book in 1985 and went on to publish more than 20 books that remain popular in English and in translation in 130 languages and 35 countries. Richard Carlson grew up in Piedmont, CA. He received his undergraduate degree from Pepperdine University and his Ph.D. in psychology from Sierra University. He was in private practice as a psychotherapist when he started to publish books about psychological and spiritual health. As his books started to attract a large audience, he began writing full time so he could teach more people how to live with presence and ease by cultivating gratitude and generosity. Dr. Carlson was a large supporter of and participant in the National Center for Family Literacy and at the time of his death he was working on a project with them called for “A Penny a Book” from publishers, authors and literary agents to promote literacy. Dr. Carlson is survived by his wife and life partner of 25 years, Kris Carlson, his co-author on Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff in Love and the author of Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Women, his loving daughters Jasmine and Kenna, sisters, Kathleen Carlson Mowris of Olympic Village, CA and Anna L. Carlson of La Selva Beach, CA, and his parents, Barbara and Don Carlson of Orinda, CA. A private memorial service will be held next week. Donations in lieu of flowers can be made in Richard’s honor to local food banks, Challenge Day, Girls Inc. or Children Inc.


10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Nov 25, 2010 @ 12:32:11

    I have always liked this painting of the flamingo by Audubon. It must be one of the most published. Good study, Beth, and I still don’t know how you and other artists, who paint small, achieve what you do on this tiny format…..


  2. Carol King
    Nov 25, 2010 @ 12:09:49

    You did a fantastic job on this, Beth. I was just looking at this drawing yesterday. (really.)


  3. lindahalcombfineart
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 18:20:28

    I always enjoy Audubon’s quirky postures. They say it is because he worked with dead birds that he tried to pose using string and other support mechanisms. Anyway I’ll leave the digression. I have thoroughly enjoyed your Masters series. These little paintings were not simple or quick to do. I admire your commitment and talent!


  4. Joan T
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 12:26:35

    Super job on this!!! Love the color. You did really well with the Masters Challenge.


  5. asmalltowndad
    Nov 23, 2010 @ 11:09:38

    Audubon park is located just 4 miles south of my house. They have beautiful paintings and studies done by Audubon and is a great park for plein air. Very cool Beth!

    Where were you in the all natural challenge? I guessing no one had interest in it. Oh well, maybe next time.


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 23, 2010 @ 11:58:42

      Thanks, Ryan! What All Natural Challenge? I’m sorry, but I have been so busy that I haven’t been to all the blogs lately. I’ve painted at WetCanvas every weekend for three years and I haven’t been there in a month. I need to be twins!


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