Even a Sock Monkey Likes a Cool Dip to Refresh

“Long live impermanence! Without it a flower would never blossom, a baby would never be able to walk or become a teenager and grow into adulthood.”
–Thich Nhat Hahn

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Even a Sock Monkey Likes a Cool Dip to Refresh – 4″ x 6″ Ink

Busy weekend and no time to fill in with watercolor.  I painted this from an photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas.  Li lives in the Bahamas and there were children playing on a floating toy in the ocean.  Somehow my brain went to “refresh” for Illustration Friday and of course… sock monkeys.  😀

Thich Nhat Hahn

The Most Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây)  founded the Unified Buddhist Church (Eglise Bouddhique Unifieé) in France in 1969, during the Vietnam war. Thich Nhat Hanh is a Vietnamese Buddhist monk, a poet, a scholar, and a peace activist. His life long efforts to generate peace and reconciliation moved Martin Luther King, Jr. to nominate him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967. He founded the Van Hanh Buddhist University in Saigon and the School for Youths of Social Services in Vietnam. When not travelling the world to teach “The Art of Mindful Living”, he teaches, writes, and gardens in Plum Village, France, a Buddhist monastery for monks and nuns and a mindfulness practice center for lay people.  Source


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 12:24:25

    I can hardly wait to see this painted. Sock monkeys are awesome!


  2. lindahalcombfineart
    Jul 04, 2012 @ 06:41:53

    What fun! I’d swim with a monkey…


  3. Cindy D
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 12:10:07

    The sock monkeys are so hilarious. It’s neat that you’ve got so many paintings with them now. The colored version should be really fun. I can just see that lifeboat in exceptionally bright colors! I would think kids might have a lot of fun coloring it in, too. (And hooray for Thich Nhat Hahn!)


  4. Carol King
    Jul 02, 2012 @ 09:10:55

    Tell those sock monkeys to move over, I’m jumping in! Can’t wait to see what it looks like with some color. You always surprise with bright, vibrant, unexpected colors.


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