Obi the Ceramic Dog – 7″ x 10″ Inktense and Sharpie

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.”
– Colette

How fun is that?  My hubby would say… just look cool doing it.  😀

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Obi the Ceramic Dog – 7″ x 10″ Inktense and Sharpie

This is a portrait of our dog Obi, who just happens to be ceramic.  We named him Obi because he obediently sits at the window and watches the lake all day.   He is around 3 feet tall and we got him at our favorite little store in Van Buren, Arkansas, Little Bit of Mexico.  We have bought a lot of ceramic pots and metal art there.  It’s just a wonderful place to shop and the proprietors, Dave and Barb Little, are terrific, too.

The last time we went there, we were in my hubby’s little retro T-Bird.  Nothing we bought would fit in the car so Barb and Dave delivered it to us in Eufaula the next day.  Seriously, if you want a great little road trip, head to Van Buren and tell Barb and Dave we sent you.

Derwent Inktense pencils are so fun to do art with.  Check out that link.  They can be purchased anywhere you buy your fine art supplies.  (I am not being compensated for this, I just love the pencils.)

About Colette

Colette was the pen name of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, the French author acclaimed for her intimate, lyrical novels, including Chéri and The Vagabond. Born in Burgundy in 1873, she moved to Paris in 1893 when she married Henri “Willy” Gauthier-Villars, who locked her in a room and demanded that she write. After their divorce, she became a music-hall performer and continued to write. During World War I, she converted her second husband’s estate into a hospital for the wounded. She died in 1954.


8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Phyllis Dobbs
    Jun 10, 2012 @ 08:11:29

    I love Obi! And I wish I were close enough to A Little Bit of Mexico to visit.


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 11, 2012 @ 07:22:15

      Thanks, Phyllis! Little Bit of Mexico is an amazing treat for the senses and the owners are fun! They go to Mexico and venture into the less traveled places and import from the artisans directly. Really cool stuff! 🙂


  2. Carol King
    Jun 07, 2012 @ 07:08:35

    I can tell Obi is a very good dog. Wouldn’t it be fun if dogs came with flowers all over them. I know my dog would benefit from a flower or two on her coat.


  3. Vickie
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 12:33:18

    How cool…we lived in Van Buren many years ago and loved shopping the downtown area. As I clicked on that link it took me back to some fun shopping days. We bought our hand crafted dining room furniture in a store in downtown Van Buren, and we still have it. Are you going to Atlanta in July? Unfortunately, I don’t think I will be going.


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 07, 2012 @ 07:19:21

      Thanks, Vickie! No, I don’t think Atlanta is in my July future. Maybe January. I’ve been painting, but not Photoshopping into collections. I really need to do more of the work before I can go back. At least I am not still flying. That helps, but the sign shop is crazy busy. Stay in touch, my friend!


  4. Cindy D
    Jun 06, 2012 @ 10:50:06

    Great quote! I don’t mind doing foolish things, myself. Dogs of course, are the best, and this one is great! The vibrantly colored patterns are terrific. (The tongue is just a little weird.) Also holy cow, 7×10, that’s practically huge for one of your weekly posts! 😉


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