House of Bones or Maybe a Fairy Princess Castle

“A child’s world is fresh, innocent, new, full of wonder and excitement. It is unfortunate that for many of us that vision for what is awe inspiring is dimmed as we grow older. If I had influence over the good fairy who blesses all children, I would ask her gift to each child in the world be this: a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last through all the years of their life.”
— Rachel Carson

copyright Beth Parker Art 2011House of Bones – 5.5″ x 8.5″ Watercolor

Phulgel from WetCanvas posted this photo and she said… “This is called Casa Batllo and is called the house of bones. It is a Gaudi house and represents a dragon being slayed by sir George.   The piece like a chimney is the hilt of his sword. The roof is made of the bumps of his spine and the tiles are his scales. The balconies are the skulls of his victims and the bottom row of windows is supposed to be his mouth. The entire house is covered in mosaic stones.”

I had a great time painting this and to me, it looks like a fairy princess could live inside.  No dragons, swords or bones.  Just fairy a princess and maybe a handsome prince.  😀

Rachel Louise Carson – May 27, 1907  –  April 14, 1964

Rachel Carson, writer, scientist, and ecologist, grew up simply in the rural river town of Springdale, Pennsylvania. Her mother bequeathed to her a life-long love of nature and the living world that Rachel expressed first as a writer and later as a student of marine biology. Carson graduated from Pennsylvania College for Women (now Chatham College) in 1929, studied at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory, and received her MA in zoology from Johns Hopkins University in 1932.

She was hired by the U.S. Bureau of Fisheries to write radio scripts during the Depression and supplemented her income writing feature articles on natural history for the Baltimore Sun. She began a fifteen-year career in the federal service as a scientist and editor in 1936 and rose to become Editor-in-Chief of all publications for the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

More:  http://www.rachelcarson.org/

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth Parker
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:48:39

    Thanks, Leslie! Yes… a princess castle seems nicer than bones and such. 🙂

    Reply

  2. lesliepaints
    Dec 22, 2011 @ 12:30:06

    My Granddaughterswould agree with you, Beth. A castle fit for a princess.
    Excellent choice of quotes and cool story about the bones and the dragon……

    Reply

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