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….



6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Jun 26, 2012 @ 10:03:47

    The colors in this piece are great! I like the creativity and quirkiness of it, Beth! 🙂


  2. Carol King
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 13:06:10

    They weren’t kidding when they called the stuff Inktense! How do you use it? I think they are pencils, right? Do you color and then use water or do you just color? This painting is amazingly vivid.

    Great quote today too.


    • Beth Parker
      Jun 19, 2012 @ 07:35:26

      Thanks, Carol! Inktense are so fun! It’s a watercolor pencil that becomes permanent after it dries. The heavier you apply the pencil, the more intense the color is. I love them!


  3. Cindy D
    Jun 18, 2012 @ 11:37:09

    Crazy! Love the patterns and colors. So much fun. It’s got a circus quality and a mysterious quality. Cool!


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