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

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

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.



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Carol King
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 15:48:57

    Great lighthouse and congrats on your 800 posts. I am trying to hit 200! 🙂


  2. 7theaven
    Feb 22, 2012 @ 08:18:30

    ur paintings are good!

    800 WOW

    I’m like 38 😀


  3. just4crafters
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:52:04

    Congratulations Beth!!!! 800 blog posts and paintings – Wow!!!! That’s just fantastic!!! I love this painting of the lighthouse. The colors are gorgeous!! ~Sophia


  4. Cindy D.
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 16:46:26

    Holy cow! 800? I’m such a novice! Haha.

    Another adorable tiny painting! (I think I called them ACEOs in a few comments, but I have noticed they are a bit bigger. But still little!) I particularly like the sky and clouds in this one. And that bright green grass. Oh, and I like that ragged edge effect. Very nice!


    • Beth Parker
      Feb 21, 2012 @ 17:01:07

      Thanks, Cindy! Most of my paintings are pretty small. I’m working on 3 acrylics that are 6″ x 12″ x 1.5″ and that’s pretty big for me. he he I love doing little paintings and it makes it easier to do more in the little bit of time I have to paint. 🙂


  5. asmalltowndad
    Feb 21, 2012 @ 10:27:48

    Wow Beth, you kick serious booty! I think that I have only posted 200 and it seems like I’m posting a lot, but now you put me in my place of shame. Congrats on 800, and I can’t wait to see the next 800! Must get busy painting… 800… wow!


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