Safe Harbor – Watercolor on Masa

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order,
confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace
for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

–Melody Beattie

WOW!  Good stuff!

Safe Harbor – Watercolor on Masa 3″ x 5″

Well, we have left Idaho behind and now we’re in Belize.  Li from WetCanvas had some great images to paint from in her WDE.  Li and her hubby recently spent 10 days exploring Belize.  The location is dear to my heart, because I was married on an island off the coast of Belize…   Ambergris Caye.    While Li enjoyed the ruins, the caves and the jungles, we loved the beaches and the quaint little town of San Pedro.  The people are amazing, no matter what your vacation plans are.  🙂

I think this one had masa written all over it!

Melody Beattie is the author of Codependent No More, published in 1987 by the Hazelden Foundation. The book was successful and influential within the self-help movement, selling over eight million copies and introducing the word codependent to the general public.[1]

Following the success of Codependent No More, Beattie authored over a dozen other books, including Beyond Codependency and The Language of Letting Go. Her most recent book is Make Miracles in Forty Days: Turning What You Have into What You Want, published in 2010. Several of her books have been published in other languages.

On, she says this…  “They call me a self-help writer, but I’m not an expert or a guru.  I don’t give medical, psychiatric, or legal advice. I research, and then combine personal experience with what the experts say.  Then I turn that into easy stories for people to watch or read. Sometimes I show people how others (and I) work through certain issues and I suggest options, but I don’t tell people what to do.  I tell them they can do it, instead (a practice referred to as empowerment or permissions therapy.)”

That whole page is very interesting.  Worth a quick read.  🙂

“Don’t look down.  Look up!  The steeper the climb,  the more important it is to laugh.”
–Melody Beattie


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 20:17:50

    Three by five!!!? Wow. This is great, Beth!


  2. Androgoth
    Sep 14, 2011 @ 12:22:40

    This is one of my favourites so far
    Beth, your artwork is simply divine 🙂
    Do have a most excellent rest of day
    and a truly wonderful evening also…

    Androgoth XXx


  3. debbyfriselladesigns
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 15:04:16

    I love the quote, the author and most of all…your painting! You have done a beautiful job on that masa paper. Still have not found any to play around with. Thank you for sharing!


    • Beth Parker
      Sep 13, 2011 @ 15:29:27

      Thanks, Debby! You really have to play with the masa. I am out of the prepared sheets, except for some small pieces, so I need to make another batch. It really is fun, for a change of pace. 🙂

      Here’s a link to some on Dick Blick.


  4. asmalltowndad
    Sep 13, 2011 @ 11:41:32

    I want to be there! Beautiful painting Beth


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