Wonderful Old Fire Truck and Choosing Happiness

“Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact.”
– William James

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Wonderful Old Fire Truck – 4″ x4″ Watercolor & Sharpie

Monday, my work computer crawled off into a corner and died.  My computer guru thinks it needs a new motherboard and processor.  Since he built it custom for me, he knows it well…  like his own baby.  So he took custody of it and hopes to have it back under my roof on Monday.

This basically puts my sign shop on stand-by mode.  So, rather than cry or throw something… I painted this little dude.  Art calms me and gives me time to think and sort stuff out.  At 5:00, I usually lock the door and get down to some serious, uninterrupted work until about 6:30.  Yesterday at 5:00, I went next door to the nail salon and got a pedicure.  This is only the second one I’ve ever had and the massage chair is incredible!

I am practicing what I preach, so I can still be happy and have good days until my computer comes home to start making signs again.  I choose to be happy and that’s exactly what I’m going to do today.  🙂

I painted this from a photo from WetCanvas.   I just can’t remember who’s it was.  (that’s on my work computer)

About William James

American psychologist and philosopher William James, brother to author Henry James, wrote voluminously during his life, exploring a range of issues from a theory of emotion to a philosophy of history. He was born in New York in 1842 and wanted to be an artist, but his father disapproved. He obtained a medical degree but felt unsatisfied and depressed, leading to a crisis that he called his soul sickness. After this turning point, he began his fulfilling second career. He died in 1910.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cindy D
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 09:14:50

    Love the grill on this thing! Old-fashioned cars and trucks really are neat to look at. Really nice yellow/orange on the fender. Hooray for choosing to be happy! We can’t control events, but we choose our attitude.

    Your truck reminds me of the show “American Pickers” where two guys go around the country finding old stuff in barns from the early 20th century, and they often talk about how sad it is that everything is made of plastic now, because old cars and telephones and carpentry – it was art, and there was a lot of pride in American manufacturing. And now we have a throw away culture.


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 23, 2012 @ 05:11:52

      Thanks, Cindy! Yeah, it is sad about being a throw away culture. The old cars and trucks are really beautiful. They really were a work of art, weren’t they. I love painting rust, too. 🙂

      Those (American Pickers) guys really love finding old signs and old toys, too! Every year for Christmas, I try to find old style toys for gifts… nothing with a plug… for kids on my list. It has really meant a lot to them over the years. Mostly, they are made with only wood and/or metal. It’s best if they spark the child’s imagination to play. That is something young people are missing with all the new-fangled electronic gizmos.


  2. Linda Halcomb
    Mar 22, 2012 @ 05:02:06

    Applause! You are an inspiration…I love the fire truck. History on wheels!


  3. denise
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 11:55:36

    Been reading your wonderful bolg for a few weeks. It is up lifting and full on thinking facts. For us to think about that is. I keep coming back to one thought how do you use the sharpie and watercolour, I did not think the two worked together. But you do wonders with them both. . Can there be some process pics on how this is done. An interested follower.


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 21, 2012 @ 16:58:37

      Thank you so much, Denise! After I finish a watercolor painting, I just go over my original pencil lines with a fine tip Sharpie. It just seems to suit my style. I don’t always do it, but sometimes they just seem naked without it. 😀 Thanks for reading my blog.


  4. artblablablablog
    Mar 21, 2012 @ 10:29:05

    Which just goes to show, we are not in charge here. Embrace the challenges as they were all meant to be. Love the truck!


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