The Quilted Dog ATC

“Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul.”
— Samuel Ullman

This has been one of my favorite quotes for ages.  Being an enthusiastic woman with her share of wrinkles…. it just makes me feel good!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012


The Quilted Dog – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Sharpie ATC

It’s been a while since I have painted one of my quilted critters.  This was fun and it’s tiny.  After working on brown and white signs a lot lately, it was way fun to play with color yesterday.  I did five little ATCs to share with you this week.

The reference photo by Susan (surob) at WetCanvas was of a black dog.  🙂

Samuel Ullman

For years, Samuel Ullman (1840-1924) and his prose poem “Youth” have been known and admired by the Japanese. However, both the man and his work are largely unknown in the United States, even in Birmingham where he spent the last forty years of his life in service to the community.

The Samuel Ullman Museum was created to advance Ullman’s vision by examining his civic, educational, and religious ideas and endeavors. The museum is a facility of the University of Alabama at Birmingham and exists through the efforts and contributions of citizens and corporations in Japan and the United States. The Samuel Ullman Museum provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the life of the poet and to be inspired by his work



Samuel Ullman

 Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

 Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite, for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of sixty more than a boy of twenty. Nobody grows old merely by a number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

 Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust.

 Whether sixty or sixteen, there is in every human being’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing child-like appetite of what’s next, and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station; so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the infinite, so long are you young.

 When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at twenty, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at eighty.

LOVE it!!


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 08:01:20

    This may be one of my favorite quilted dogs! I adore his eyes.


  2. Cindy D.
    Jan 31, 2012 @ 07:20:07

    Great dog! Love the big snout and great patterns and colors. What a neat effect! I may have to wander through your blog to see if you posted any of the other quilted critters you hinted at.

    Lovely poem, too, particularly how youth is “a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination”. I couldn’t agree more. 🙂


    • Beth Parker
      Jan 31, 2012 @ 07:41:46

      Thanks, Cindy! I love doing decorated critters. To see more, check out the art licensing page on my website. I have some over there. Have fun! I love that poem, too. What a smart way to think. 🙂


      • Cindy D
        Jan 31, 2012 @ 14:28:33

        Oh! Haha, it’s all coming clear now. I’ve been to your website, but I didn’t know how to leave a comment over there. I think you posted on my blog at some point and I followed the link back to that page and finally left a comment in my own thread (it may have happened twice, in fact). Have you considered adding a “Blog” link to your page (for absent-minded types like me)? (So sorry for not putting this together before. Sometimes I wonder where my head is.)

      • Beth Parker
        Jan 31, 2012 @ 15:41:36

        I never thought of that, Cindy. Thanks for bringing it up. I’ll go do it right now. I learn something every day. I need to go over there and update it with new art, too. I just need more hours in my days. he he

  3. just4crafters
    Jan 30, 2012 @ 08:24:38

    Hi Beth! Very nice quilted image!!! Love all of the bright colors! It came out great!!! ~Sophia


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