You Made Me Smile

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, but only saps today of its strength.”
– A. J. Cronin

Boy… isn’t that the truth!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

You Made Me Smile – 3″ x 5″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I painted this for my friend, Donna Pearce, who is retiring from her job as the editor of our local newspaper, The Indian Journal, at the end of the month.  We had a surprise party for her last night at the VFW and this was the card in her gift bag from me.  Donna is a very wonderful person.  She works so hard and never complains.  She has generously given her valuable time to the community, wherever she was needed.  We served on the Eufaula Area Arts Council board together.  Donna sings, writes, paints, and smiles all the time.  I am proud to call her my friend and I will miss her constant presence all over town.  Enjoy your retirement, Donna!

This card was painted from a reference photo by Lin (oldrockchick) at WetCanvas.

About A. J. Cronin

Archibald Joseph Cronin, the Scottish novelist who wrote as A. J. Cronin, had a full career as a doctor before turning to fiction. He was born in 1896, worked as a Royal Navy surgeon during World War I, and later was appointed Medical Inspector of Mines in Wales. Some of his most famous books are The Citadel, The Keys of the Kingdom, and Pocketful of Rye. His works were known to reflect both his religious beliefs as a Roman Catholic and his medical training. He died in 1981.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. asmalltowndad
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 11:53:44

    I can’t wait until you can design a card for my retirement, hopefully earlier than later, because I have so many hobbies and fun stuff to do. But until then, keep me in mind for a future old man on a ocean charter fishing retirement card!

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  2. Beth Parker
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:37:03

    Thanks so much, Joan! This card was actually an attempt to stay all in the red family, too. It was HARD not to add some yellows or blues. he he he 😀

    The monochrome was a challenge from Lin and I had a ball doing that horse!

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  3. Joan T
    Jan 20, 2012 @ 10:29:54

    How lucky for her to get one of your designs!!! This is so full of energy…the color helps too! I like the horse below…very different for you to go monochromatic.

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