Down on the Boardwalk

Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.
–Faith Baldwin

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Down on the Boardwalk – 6″ x 12″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas (part of the new Bethville Series)

Funny story…  I was working on these paintings last weekend when we decided to run into town for a bit of breakfast.  We ate at I Smell Bacon, where it’s so crowded that you are often sharing a table with people you’ve never met.  Of course, my hubby has never known a stranger, so we were visiting away when he suddenly showed the people the green paint on my thumb and assured them that I can’t grow a single thing.  He he  Isn’t he cute.  🙂

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Faith Baldwin, (born Oct. 1, 1893, New Rochelle, N.Y., U.S.—died March 18, 1978, Norwalk, Conn.), American author, one of the most successful writers of light fiction in the 20th century, whose works targeted an audience of middle-class women.

Faith Baldwin attended private academies and finishing schools, and in 1914–16 she lived in Dresden, Germany. She married Hugh H. Cuthrell in 1920, and the next year she published her first novel, Mavis of Green Hill. Although she often claimed she did not care for authorship, her steady stream of books belies that claim; over the next 56 years she published more than 85 books, more than 60 of them novels with such titles as Those Difficult Years (1925), The Office Wife (1930), Babs and Mary Lou (1931), District Nurse (1932), Manhattan Nights (1937), and He Married a Doctor (1944). Her last completed novel, Adam’s Eden, appeared in 1977.

Typically, a Faith Baldwin book presents a highly simplified version of life among the wealthy. No matter what the difficulties, honour and goodness triumph, and hero and heroine are united. Evil, depravity, poverty, and sex found no place in her work, which she explicitly intended for the housewife and the working girl. The popularity of her writing was enormous. In 1936, in the midst of the Great Depression, she published five novels in magazine serial form and three earlier serials in volume form and saw four of her works made into motion pictures, for an income that year in excess of $315,000. She also wrote innumerable stories, articles, and newspaper columns, no less ephemeral than the novels.  Source:

Wow… 85 novels!  I’m impressed!

Cottage Inn at Bethville

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
– William C. Durant

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Cottage Inn at Bethville – 6″ x 12″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

The sun came out for a few minutes this morning, so I was able to photograph my newest paintings.  I had so much fun doing these.  There are many layers of paint and glaze, but the fun came in when I got to add the shadows and highlights.  That’s when they really came to life.  I can’t wait to start the next three.  They’ll be 12″ x 24″.  😀

About William C. Durant

William C. Durant, founder of General Motors, consolidated much of the fledgling American auto industry under one roof. He was born in 1861 in Boston and grew up in Flint, Michigan. His innovative business model was to buy out vendors and acquire competitors. Forced to resign from GM due to this management style, he founded a new company with his race-car driver, Louis Chevrolet. He later regained control of GM but lost everything in the Great Depression. He died in 1947.


Another Sneak Peek at Bethville

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
– Virginia Satir

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Sneak Peek – 6″ x 12″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

I finished the first three paintings in the Bethville series over the weekend.  It’s really cloudy outside or I’d get a better photo.  This is taken on saw horses in my sign shop lobby.   Maybe by Wednesday, I’ll have the full view for you.  🙂

Did you watch the Academy Awards last night?  I watched about an hour of it and my favorite part was seeing Octavia Spencer win an Oscar for Best Actress in a Supporting Role.  She cried!  It was so sweet that I was almost crying with her.    I really need to watch The Help.  I still haven’t seen it.  Have you?

About Virginia Satir

American psychotherapist Virginia Satir played a central role in shaping family therapy. She was born in Wisconsin in 1916. While working as a teacher, she became deeply involved in the lives of her students and their parents. This led to graduate school and a career change. She took on the mission of inspiring therapists to work with families. She cofounded the Mental Health Research Institute in California, where she held the first-ever family-therapy training program. She died in 1988.

Blurry Sneak Peek at Underpainting

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
– Orison Swett Marden

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Blurry Sneak Peek at Underpainting

Sorry about the blur.  I’m at work and the paintings are at home, so I can’t just go snap another one.  🙂   This Bethville series is going to be so much fun!  I can’t wait to do some more painting!

About Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden, the American writer who is considered the forerunner of motivational authors, wrote an average of two books a year from 1894 to 1924. He was born on a New England farm in 1850. During college, he worked in hotel management. He then used his seed money to buy a resort in Rhode Island. Wanting to inspire people as he himself had been inspired by British author Samuel Smiles, he began writing books like You Can, But Will You? and founded Success Magazine. He died in 1924.


Underpainting Sneak Peek

“The quickest way to change your attitude toward pain is to accept the fact that everything that happens to us has been designed for our spiritual growth.”
–M. Scott Peck

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Underpainting Sneak Peek – 12″ x 6″ x 1.5″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

Okay… so I told you about the new Bethville acrylic series I am working on.  I finally got the underpainting started on the first 3 canvases.  I am so excited.  I think they are going to turn out so cute.  As you can see, I paint all around the edges, so that they require no framing.  I start with a black gessoed canvas, so they will need a lot of layers of paint and glaze before they are finished.  I wish I had more time to paint.  🙂

M. Scott Peck

Dr. Peck was born on May 22, 1936 in New York City, the younger of two sons to David Warner Peck, a prominent lawyer and jurist, and his wife Elizabeth Saville. He married Lily Ho in 1959, and they had three children.

Dr. Peck received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1958, and his M.D. degree from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in 1963. From 1963 until 1972, he served in the United States Army, resigning from the position of Assistant Chief Psychiatry and Neurology Consultant to the Surgeon General of the Army with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster. From 1972 to 1983, Dr. Peck was engaged in the private practice of psychiatry in Litchfield County, Connecticut.   Source and more info:

Guard Duty

“When the Japanese mend broken objects,
they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks
with gold. They believe that when something’s
suffered damage and has a history it
becomes more beautiful.”

–Barbara Bloom

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Guard Duty – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie on Indian Village Handmade Paper Postcard

This painting was done by combining two images that jlloren posted at WetCanvas.  This is what Joel said about the Church… “The Philippines was a Spanish colony for over 300 years until the end of the 19th century when the Americans took over. Their biggest influence is Catholicism. You will find old churches like this all over the country. This one is Paete Church in Laguna.”  The dog was napping in the warm sand in it’s photo.  This way, the dog doesn’t have to have a bath when he gets home.  🙂

Barbara Bloom is an American writer and TV programming executive. She earned a bachelor of science degree in theater from Skidmore College.

She joined ABC Daytime in 1992 and was Vice President, Director, Daytime Programming, West Coast from 1994-2000 where she worked closely with Mary Burch and Rebecca Lane.

Bloom joined CBS Daytime in 2003, replacing Lucy Johnson. When Bloom left CBS in February, 2011, she held the position of Senior Vice President, Daytime, CBS Entertainment and worked under Nina Tassler. During her eight years at CBS, Bloom oversaw Drew Carey’s assumption of the role of host on The Price is Right as well as the resurrection of Let’s Make a Deal. She also oversaw the introduction of CBS’ first daytime talk show, The Talk.

On January 18, 2011, it was announced that announced Bloom would leave CBS Daytime when her contract expired in at the end of the month.   Nina Tassler, the President of CBS Entertainment, released the following statement: “Barbara artfully led CBS through several key transitions in her eight years here. All of these efforts have positioned CBS very well for the future.”  Source:  Wikipedia

Lighthouse and Blog Post Number 800!

“Hope is the thing with feathers
that perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”

–Emily Dickinson

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Lighthouse – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor – Blog Post Number 800!

Can you believe it?  800 blog posts?  Wow!  And each one came with a painting.   Interesting.   Where did all that time go?

This little postcard was from another reference from jlloren at WetCanvas.  This is what Joel had to say about the photo… “The northern most province of the Philippines is Batanes. Here is their light house courtesy of my friend, Irah.”

I almost didn’t use a sharpie on this one, but ended up doing part of it.  🙂

Emily Dickinson

While Dickinson was extremely prolific as a poet and regularly enclosed poems in letters to friends, she was not publicly recognized during her lifetime. The first volume of her work was published posthumously in 1890 and the last in 1955. She died in Amherst in 1886.

Upon her death, Dickinson’s family discovered 40 handbound volumes of nearly 1800 of her poems, or “fascicles” as they are sometimes called. These booklets were made by folding and sewing five or six sheets of stationery paper and copying what seem to be final versions of poems in an order that many critics believe to be more than chronological. The handwritten poems show a variety of dash-like marks of various sizes and directions (some are even vertical). The poems were initially unbound and published according to the aesthetics of her many early editors, removing her unusual and varied dashes and replacing them with traditional punctuation. The current standard version replaces her dashes with a standard “n-dash,” which is a closer typographical approximation of her writing. Furthermore, the original order of the works was not restored until 1981, when Ralph W. Franklin used the physical evidence of the paper itself to restore her order, relying on smudge marks, needle punctures and other clues to reassemble the packets. Since then, many critics have argued for thematic unity in these small collections, believing the ordering of the poems to be more than chronological or convenient. The Manuscript Books of Emily Dickinson (Belknap Press, 1981) remains the only volume that keeps the order intact.



Beach Frolicking

“Forgiveness is the economy of the heart.…forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.”
– Hannah More

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Beach Frolicking – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor on Indian Village Handmade Paper Postcard

I didn’t have a lot of time to paint over the weekend, so I opted for some quick little watercolor postcards.  I spent most of my painting time working on some new acrylic  work in the Bethville series.  I’m really excited.  They are so fun!!  I’ll give you a peek toward the end of the week.

I painted this one from a reference photo by jlloren at WetCanvas.  A beautiful beach sunset courtesy of Joel’s  photographer  friend,  Bobby Wong.

About Hannah More

English writer and philanthropist Hannah More, one of the most influential women of her time, is seen as a proto-feminist because she argued for true education for women. She was born near Bristol in 1745. When her long engagement to a local landowner ended badly, he gave her a yearly stipend in apology, which allowed her the freedom to move to London and write plays. She later shifted to philanthropic work and writing popular religious tracts. She died in 1833.


Valentine’s Dessert 5

“When we let go of our battles and open our hearts to things as they are, then we come to rest in the present moment. This is the beginning and end of spiritual practice.”
–Jack Kornfield

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Valentine’s Dessert 5 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Watercolor

Just when you thought you were too full for any more dessert…. I spring the best one on ya!  he he   This is my favorite of all the desserts.  Are you dying to see the original tray of pastries I painted these from?  Let me see….  Oh, here it is.

Photo by Mo at WetCanvas - Betty's Tea Room in York, UK

Okay… now here are my versions….

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How fun is that?  And to answer the question that must be swimming around in your head….  My only chemical influences are coffee and pure joy!  😀

Jack Kornfield is one of the leading Buddhist teachers in America. A practitioner for over 40 years, he is one of the key teachers to introduce mindfulness and vipassana meditation to the West. His approach emphasizes compassion, lovingkindness and the profound path of mindful presence, all offered in simple, accessible ways in his books, CD’s, classes and retreats.  Source: www.

Valentine’s Dessert 4

“Most would not think of work as a prize. That is often due to the concept we have of work.

 Work can be that of an artist, the work of creation. Such work is not the response to a whistle or the boring activity that follows a punched time card. Creative work is the fullest human expression of being alive. It comes from the inside out and has no boss other than an inner demand to create a thing of beauty that previously did not exist.

 The primary task of human beings is to creatively work at making our lives a remarkable thing of beauty. Whether we be butcher, baker, or candlestick maker there is always the opportunity to make a truly creative effort of a life’s work by pounding out our dents and polishing that which is already beautiful. When we understand that life is the medium and we are the canvas, our efforts to improve become an exciting challenge rather than a boring task.”

–Earnie Larsen & Carol Larsen Hegarty

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Valentine’s Dessert 4 – 4.5″ x 4.5″ Watercolor

Yes, it’s another dessert.  How fun is that?  All the fun of looking without being attempted to divulge.  This was painted from that same tray of desserts by Mo at WetCanvas.

About the Authors

Earnie Larsen is the author of Stage II Recovery and Stage II Relationships, and coauthor with his sister Carol Hegarty of Days of Healing, Days of Joy.    Sorry, but that is all I could find.  While I was searching though, I ended up buying one of their books from  “Believing in Myself – Daily Meditations for Healing and Building Self Esteem”.  There should be some great quotes in there for the blog!  🙂


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