A Little Piece of Bethville

“I hope you will discover and enjoy the benefits that aging can bring; wisdom, depth of character, the smoothing out of what is rough and harsh, the evaporation of what is inconsequential, and the concentration of true worth.”
— Andrew Weil, M.D.

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

A Little Piece of Bethville I – Watercolor

Here’s another glimpse of one of my Bethville paintings.  🙂

As 2011 draws to a close, I would like to thank those of you who read this little blog and take the time to “like” or comment.   I really enjoy sharing my little artistic endeavors.  Here’s wishing you a very safe New Year’s Eve and A Wonderful 2012!!    See you on the other side!  😀

Andrew Thomas Weil (born June 8, 1942) is an American author and physician, who established the field of integrative medicine which attempts to integrate alternative and conventional medicine. Weil is the author of several best-selling books and operates a website and monthly newsletter promoting general health and healthy aging. He is the founder and program director of the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (formerly the Program in Integrative Medicine), which he started in 1994 at the University of Arizona.   He is frequently criticized for his promotion of alternative medicine,  drug use and the potential conflicts of interest this raises in relation to his business dealings.  More at Wikipedia


Small Peek at Bethville – Watercolor

The courage to be is the courage to accept oneself, in spite of being unacceptable.”
– Paul Tillich

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Small Peek at Bethville – Watercolor

Here is another small peek at one of the proofs for my new Bethville Series.  With the holidays and all the activity, I have not been able to work on the larger acrylic paintings.  I am looking forward to some quieter time to work on them.   The holidays are wearing me out.   I’m sure it’s just the stress I put on myself.   One more party and they are officially over.   Yay!   🙂

About Paul Tillich

Paul Tillich, the German-American theologian and existential philosopher, was best known for his books The Courage to Be and Dynamics of Faith. He was born in 1886 in the German town of Starzeddel, now part of Poland. An ordained Lutheran minister, he taught theology for two decades until he was fired for his opposition to the Nazis. He immigrated to the US, where he taught at various universities. He sought to reconcile the human condition and faith, reason and belief. He died in 1965.


Thank You Notes

“Whether you’re up or you’re down, whether you’re confident or unsure, listen to your heart.  For your heart knows why you’re here.”
–Ralph Marston

Thank You Notes

I am a big fan of thank you notes.  They let the person who gave you a gift know how much their thoughtfulness meant to you.  I hope this is one tradition that never dies.

I decided to make some homemade thank you notes again this year.  I started without a plan.  I had a sheet of watercolor paper, some watercolor paint and some sharpies.  It was really fun to just doodle away.  Here’s a sampling of my fun.

Thank YOU for reading my blog and commenting when you have time.  It means a lot!  🙂

Ralph Marston is author and publisher of The Daily Motivator, one of the web’s most popular and enduring destinations for original positive motivation and inspiration. Since 1996, Ralph has published a new, original, positive message every Monday through Saturday without missing a single publication day (the archive of more than 5,000 messages is available on The Daily Motivator website).

In the fall of 2001 Ralph first created the beloved “Right Now” video presentation which has given a sense of peace and hope to millions with its simple, profound message. Since then, he has created several more similar presentations, all available for free from The Daily Motivator website.

Ralph is the author of three books, and his words of wisdom have been quoted countless times on thousands of websites, in books, magazines, newspapers and other publications.

Afternoon at the Park

“To a happy person, the formula for happiness is quite simple:  Regardless of what happened early this morning, last week, or last year – or what may happen later this evening, tomorrow, or three years from now – now is where happiness lies.”
–Richard Carlson

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

Afternoon at the Park – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I know her legs are missing.   he he  This was a quick little watercolor postcard and try as I might, I could not figure out how to do her feet.  So… let’s just say she is sitting cross-legged, with her feet up on the bench.  🙂

The reference photo was by mbeckett at WetCanvas.

Richard Carlson Ph.D. (May 16, 1961 – December 13, 2006) was an American author, psychotherapist, and motivational speaker, who rose to fame with the success of his book, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…and it’s all Small Stuff (1997), which became one of the fastest-selling books of all time and made publishing history as USA Todays bestselling book for two consecutive years.  It also spent over 101 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller list, and was published in 135 countries, and translated into Latvian, Polish, Icelandic, Serbian and 26 other languages;  thereafter Carlson went on to write 20 books.

Source:  Wikipedia


Negative Painting or A Bird in a Tree

“Take some time today to smile at the person you see in the mirror.
If you see lines or wrinkles…
Just smile.
If you see a few gray hairs or all gray hair or no hair at all…
Just smile.
If you see a face with worry or pain…
Just smile.
If you see some of your mother’s or father’s face…
Just smile.
Let your heart soften.
Send love and compassion to the you in the mirror
I love you!”

— Ruth Fishel from her new book, Wrinkles Don’t Hurt

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

Bird on Masa – 5″ x 7.5″ Watercolor

I did this bird by doing negative painting with Daniel Smith metallic watercolors on a sheet of masa I had prepared months ago.  Here are some of the stages…

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

I enjoyed this a lot.  With all the craziness surrounding the holidays, it was wonderful to just concentrate on a little painting for 3 hours.

I hope you’re having wonderful times and you are staying safe.  🙂

Click on the images to enlarge them.

Ruth Fishel, MEd, is a prolific author, national retreat and workshop leader and meditation teacher. Her inspirational and spiritual books have sold over 800,000 copies.

I love Ruth’s books and quote from them often.  Go see more about her at http://www.ruthfishel.com/

Victor Emporium – Victor, Idaho

“Walking meditation is meditation while walking…  When we practice this way, we feel deeply at ease, and our steps are those of the most secure person on earth.  All our sorrows and anxieties drop away, and peace and joy fill our hearts.  Anyone can do it.  It takes only a little time, a little mindfulness, and the wish to be happy.”
— Thich Nhat Hahn

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Victor Emporium – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor

I read about Victor on the Internet before I went to Idaho.  I just had to stop there on my way from Driggs, ID to Jackson Hole, WY for my flight back home.  It was a beautiful day and I sat at that table and ate my huckleberry ice cream cone.   It was the perfect end to a great vacation.

I hope everyone has a wonderful holiday, no matter how you choose to celebrate it!  🙂

Thích Nhất Hạnh :  born October 11, 1926) is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, teacher, author, poet and peace activist who now lives in France. Born Nguyễn Xuân Bảo, Thích Nhất Hạnh joined a Zen (Vietnamese: Thiền) monastery at the age of 16, and studied Buddhism as a novitiate. Upon his ordination as a monk in 1949, he assumed the Dharma name Thích Nhất Hạnh. Thích is an honorary family name used by all Vietnamese monks and nuns, meaning that they are part of the Shakya (Shakyamuni Buddha) clan.  He is often considered the most influential living figure in the lineage of Lâm Tế (Vietnamese Rinzai) Thiền, and perhaps also in Zen Buddhism as a whole.  Source:  Wikipedia


Have You Seen The Yellow Bears at Yellowstone?

“The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
— Elisabeth Kuber-Ross

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

Yellow Bears – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I painted this from a photo I took in August, when I went to Yellowstone Bear World near Rexburg, Idaho.  I had a great time there.  I took this when I was in the drive thru park.  I also spent time in the petting zoo and I fed the baby bears.  It was a great adventure that I found was NOT just for kids.  😀

I just realized that I painted the Yellowstone bears yellow.  It is pure coincidence, not cleverness on my part.  he he

Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, M.D. (July 8, 1926 – August 24, 2004) was a Swiss American psychiatrist, a pioneer in Near-death studies and the author of the groundbreaking book On Death and Dying (1969), where she first discussed what is now known as the Kübler-Ross model.

She is a 2007 inductee into the American National Women’s Hall of Fame.   She was the recipient of twenty honorary degrees and by July 1982 had taught, in her estimation, 125,000 students in death and dying courses in colleges, seminaries, medical schools, hospitals, and social-work institutions.  In 1970, she delivered the The Ingersoll Lectures on Human Immortality at Harvard University, on the theme, On Death and Dying.

See the foundation here.

Ducklings on Masa

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.”
– George Jean Nathan

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Ducklings on Masa – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor

No… these ducklings are not high on tamales.  (In case you were wondering from the title)  😀  They were painted on some masa paper I prepared a few months ago.  I was working on different papers from my stash over the weekend.  I had a great time playing with my paints.

In this stress filled time of year, I can find complete calm within the walls of my studio.  Nothing bad can penetrate that space.  It just can’t get in.  I hope you have a place where you can go to escape from the stress, if even for just a moment, during the hectic holidays.

This was painted from my own photo of a brand new family of ducklings at the marina at Jellystone, here in Eufaula.  They were so sweet!

About George Jean Nathan

George Jean Nathan, the acerbic American drama critic, was renowned for what he called destructive theater criticism, which helped shape a more serious theatrical community and paved the way for modern critics. He was born in 1882 in Indiana. He and H.L. Mencken coedited the magazines Smart Set and The American Mercury. Although he found little to like in the theater, he became a fierce champion of the playwrights he did appreciate, including Eugene O’Neill and Sean O’Casey. He died in 1958.


Idaho to Washington for Two

“May everyone have the food they need, the happiness they seek, and may they attain relief from the suffering of a dissatisfied mind.”
–Sasha T. Loring

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

Idaho to Washington for Two – 6″ x 7.5″ Watercolor & Sharpie
This is my little sister and her husband, packed up and ready to leave Blackfoot, Idaho, where we had gathered to spend time with my mom and brother in August.   They rode their Harley trike from Oak Harbor, WA to Idaho and back.  They love spending time on their Harley and it’s keeping them young.  My brother-in-law is covered in tattoos, but I didn’t know how to paint the those.  🙂
Sasha Loring, M.Ed., LCSW has taught meditation for over 30 years, and has created mindfulness programs for Duke Integrative Medicine including co-creating the Mindfulness Training for Professionals Program and the Changing from Within mindful eating program.  She created the Wisdom Path for Changing Your Relationship with Food, and is co-author of The Mindfulness Manual for Bariatric Surgery (a program that has been taught through eMindful internet education).  She has also developed programs for and taught at Duke Diet and Fitness Center.  She has been interviewed for the Wall Street Journal, Body and Soul Magazine, and for the eMindful internet education website.
Sasha Loring has led many mindfulness retreats and workshops on topics such as Mindful Eating, The Healing Power of Mindfulness, Mindfulness and Compassion, and Mindfulness and Stress Reduction.  Use the contact page of this website if you are interested in discussing a workshop presentation for your organization.

Stack of Cups

“Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.”
– Baltasar Gracián y Morales

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

Stack of Cups – 6″ x 9″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

I hosted the WDE at WetCanvas last weekend.  It was so much fun!  The two weekends per year that I host, the hubby leaves me alone to do all the art I want.  That is pure joy for me.  This is a stack of my office coffee cups.  I had a great time with this one.  There is still time to play.  Just go to:  All Media Art Events forum.

About Baltasar Gracián y Morales

Baltasar Gracián y Morales, the Jesuit scholar and moralist author, was the leading Spanish proponent of conceptism (conceptismo), a method of expressing ideas through puns, epigrams, and other verbal devices. He was born in 1601 in Aragon. The Jesuit leadership frowned on his oratorical style, which included reading a letter from Hell to his congregation. His best known books include The Art of Worldly Wisdom and The Hero, which repudiated Machiavelli. He died in 1658.


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