A Scolding from Mom

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
– George Eliot

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

A Scolding from Mom – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Another oldie today.  I hope to get some new ones painted over the weekend.  I think I did this one in like 2008.  I can tell.  😀

About George Eliot

George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, the Victorian author known for her psychologically astute novels set in small English towns. She was born on a farm in England in 1819 and wrote several acclaimed novels, including Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner. She lived with George Henry Lewes for several years, which was considered highly scandalous at the time. She died in 1880.

I smell Bird Seed!

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
– Albert Einstein

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

I smell Bird Seed!  ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ans Sharpie

I didn’t have anything new to show you today, so I grabbled a little squirrel from an ATC swap I was in a while back.

I’ve already been out putting graphics on a Semi.  It’s smouldering hot, so any outside jobs have to be done before 8:30 am.  I have done one outside job every morning this week.  Next week promises to be just as hot.

My heart goes out to the people in Colorado, Utah and Florida.  Fires and floods are so awful!  There are fires in Utah that are getting very close to Delta, the town I went to high school in.  They have already evacuated the nearby town of Oak City.   We used to camp out in the Oak City canyon when I was young.  I hope everybody will be okay.  I still have very good friends there and they are pretty scared.  I also lived in Denver and Alamosa, Colorado when I was a kid, so the fires are all around my old neck of the woods.  Be safe out there!

About Albert Einstein

The brilliant physicist Albert Einstein became an international icon for his groundbreaking theory of relativity. He was born in Germany in 1879 and began his seminal work while at the Swiss Patent Office. He later fled the Nazi regime, moving to the United States to teach at Princeton. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize. He declined Israel’s invitation to become its president, saying he lacked the necessary people skills. He died in 1955.

An Old Rock Home in Canada – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
– Amelia Earhart

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

An Old Rock Home in Canada – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I painted this one from a photo by Bonnie (Artastic) on WetCanvas.  It’s really fun to do houses this way.  I use no rulers or any method of scaling.  I just wing it and start drawing.  I’m really enjoying anything architectural these days.  The rocks are dabbed on randomly with an itty bitty flat brush.  Fun!

About Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, who was born in 1897 in Kansas, became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean and gained renown as a woman in a field dominated by men. Earhart worked as a nurse’s aide during World War I and learned to fly after moving to Los Angeles in 1919. She first became famous as one of a crew of three to fly across the Atlantic in 1928, but her best-known flight was her last. As she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and was never found.

I’m tickled that I flew solo across three counties last year.  he he

Weird Space – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

“We are, each of us, angels with only one wing, and we can only fly embracing each other.”
– Luciano Decrescenzo

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Weird Space – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

This is my painting of the dance floor at the historic Bell Barn from Indian Head, Sask. (as viewed from above), posted by Bonnie (Artastic) at WetCanvas.  There is not enough space here to tell you everything that is wrong with this, but it is kinda trippy to look at.  Don’t try to walk immediately after viewing this…. you may be a little dizzy.  😀

About Luciano Decrescenzo

Luciano Decrescenzo, the Italian writer, filmmaker, and intellectual, has published 28 books on subjects ranging from Greek philosophy to his own childhood in Naples. He was born in 1928 and worked as an engineer for IBM for several years before turning to philosophy and writing. He has also directed, written, and starred in a number of Italian language films and received honorary Athenian citizenship in 1994.


Wide Open Space – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”
– Margaret Cho

I love that quote!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Wide Open Space – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

There’s something about wide open spaces.  I love farms and rolling meadows.  This was painted from a photo by Bonnie (Artastic) at WetCanvas.  The sunset really was that color in the photo.  Space is the word for Illustration Friday and I chose this image as this week’s entry.

I have already installed graphics on a travel trailer this morning.  Today’s forecast is for 111 F and I swear, it’s well on it’s way.  I’m getting too old for these extreme temperatures.  I know…. whine, whine, whine.  🙂

About Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, the outspoken Korean-American comedian and actor, made television history as the first Asian-American with her own TV series, All American Girl. She was born in 1968 in San Francisco and has mined her life for extremely successful one-woman shows, including I’m the One That I Want and Notorious C.H.O., both of which spawned albums, movie versions, and books. When not touring with her comedy, Cho works now in Hollywood as both an actress and a director.


Eufaula 2011 Art Walk Poster – 11″ x 14 Watercolor

“Face your deficiencies and acknowledge them; but do not let them master you. Let them teach you patience, sweetness, insight.”
– Helen Keller

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Eufaula 2011 Art Walk Poster – 11″ x 14 Watercolor

This is the painting that started the sock monkey craze we have going in Eufaula.  See the red building on the far corner, next to the aqua awning?  That’s Steel Daffodils.  I am currently working on the kinda orangy colored building with no awning.  Now it’s gray with black awnings and it’s Our Favorite Place, the new gallery in town.   If you turn left at Steel Daffodils, the next one I’m doing is State Farm, on the right side of the street.   If you turn right at Steel Daffodils, you’ll see my sign shop on the right.  Yes, there will also be a Signs by Beth painting and who knows who else will jump on the bandwagon.    Fun!

About Helen Keller

American author and activist Helen Keller was born in Alabama in 1880; she became blind and deaf after a childhood fever. When Helen was seven, her teacher, Annie Sullivan, coaxed her out of her sullen, angry shell and taught her to communicate. From then on, Keller took on the world. She graduated from Radcliffe, traveled the world visiting sweatshops and speaking out for the powerless, helped to found the ACLU, and wrote 11 books. She died in 1968.


Steel Daffodils Practice Sock Monkey

“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.”
– Julia Alvarez

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Steel Daffodils Practice Sock Monkey

I painted this little dude while trying to see if I could paint a sock monkey with his legs crossed.  Ya gotta love sock monkeys.  They are just the purest form of a childhood toy, that’s okay to keep (or make, or buy) as an adult.  I made a sock monkey for my hubby when we were first together.  I was shocked that he grew up poor and didn’t know what a sock monkey was.  I had one.  My mom was great that way!   She taught me to sew very young and by the time I was in junior high, I was making my own school clothes.  I still love to sew, but I have very little time for it these days.

About Julia Alvarez

Dominican-American author Julia Alvarez is best known for her novels, How the García Girls Lost Their Accents, about sisters adjusting to life in the US, and In the Time of the Butterflies, the tragic life story of the anti-Trujillo activists, the Mirabal sisters. Born in New York in 1950, she was raised in the Dominican Republic until she was ten, when her family fled the country. She and her husband live in Vermont and run a sustainable coffee farm/literacy center in the Dominican Republic.


Steel Daffodils – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Sharpie

“The game of life is not so much in holding a good hand as playing a poor hand well.”
–H. T. Leslie

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Steel Daffodils – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Sharpie

This is another sock monkey Eufaula building portrait.  Steel Daffodils is owned by Tammy & Helen, two of the sweetest ladies you ever want to meet.  It’s a wonderful store!  Our little sock monkey is enjoying one of their wonderful coffees.  🙂

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

I couldn’t find anything at all on H.T. Leslie.  This quote came from the book, Our Best Days.  A daily meditation book for adolescents, Our Best Days offers support on issues such as responsibility, family members, peer pressure, and relationships.

Hong Kong Shoreline – A Little Watercolor

“Rate the task above the prize; will not the mind be raised? Fight thine own faults, not the faults of others; will not evil be mended?”
– Confucius

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Hong Kong Shoreline – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

The photo reference was from Joel at WetCanvas.  This little painting is going to be on it’s way to Joel in the Philippines later today.    It’s really fun when we make online art friendships.  I have several paintings in my house and office  from other countries, thanks to my friends at WetCanvas.  Quite often, we just do a trade.

About Confucius

The ancient Chinese social philosopher Confucius founded the ethically based philosophical system which became known as Confucianism. Legend says that he was born in 551 B.C. to a 70-year-old father and a 15-year-old mother. At age 50, frustrated with politics, he left his job as Justice Minister and began a 12-year journey around China. Returning home, he taught a growing number of disciples “The Way” and wrote a set of books called the Five Classics. He died in 479 B.C.


Secret? A little birdie told me.

What is defeat?. . . Nothing but the first step to something better.
–Wendell Phillips

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Secret? A little birdie told me.
6″ x 6″ Watercolor, Inktense and Sharpie

Secret is the word for Illustration Friday.   The painting is from three separate photo references from Jlloren at WetCanvas.  I had so much fun doing this!  I was in the zone and loving every minute.

Wendell Phillips was born in Boston on 29th November, 1811. Educated at the Harvard Law School, he open a law office in Boston in 1834.

Phillips was converted to the abolition of slavery cause when he heard William Lloyd Garrison speak at the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society in 1835. Phillips was particularly impressed by the bravery of these people and during the meeting a white mob attempted to lynch Garrison. Phillips was so outraged by what he saw that he decided to give up law and devote himself to obtaining the freedom of all slaves.  More….


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