Eufaula Post Office Color Version

“When we are grateful for the good we already have, we attract more good into our life…”
Margaret Stortz

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Eufaula Post Office – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

Just now, I went on the internet to find some information on our post office and my post came up that I did with the ink drawing of this.  he he  I love that my blog is ranking high enough to be the 7th item on page one of the search.   I had to stop looking because I was finding too much interesting stuff to read and I have to get back to work.  🙂

I couldn’t find anything on Margaret Stortz that I was sure was about the person who said this.  I got it from my neat little Simple Truths book:  Stress is a Choice, by David Zerfoss.


Paint Delivery to Bethville

“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through.  Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it.  This is a kind of death.”
Anais Nin

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Paint Delivery to Bethville – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Ink

I drew this picture  while I was at the car dealership, waiting for them to replace my defective headlights.  The truck was (very) loosely drawn from a Publisher’s Clearing House ad for a little metal truck.    Then I painted it last night.   Color is just so much fun!!

(Yes… I send those PCH entries in, so my future is set.)

Anaïs Nin (February 21, 1903 – January 14, 1977) was a French-born author who became famous for her published journals, which span more than 60 years, beginning when she was 11 years old and ending shortly before her death. Nin is also famous for her erotica, which not only proves sensual, but also acts as a study of sexuality in its perfection and flaws.  More…

No matter what I do…. the word Paint just wants to stay up there by itself.  he he

Chipmunks at Home

The most wasted day is that in which we have not laughed.

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Chipmunks at Home – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

I know!  Brown?  This little chipmunk house must not be in Bethville!  😀

I painted this from a photo by Sharrm at WetCanvas.

Chamfort was born Sébastien-Roch Nicolas, Clermont-Ferrand, Puy-de-Dôme on April 6th,1741, according to a baptismal certificate from Saint-Genès parish in Clermont-Ferrand, to a grocer named Nicolas. On June 22nd, a second birth certificate gives him the name « Sébastien Roch » from «unknown parents ». A journey to Paris resulted in the boy’s obtaining a bursary at the Collège des Grassins (a secondary school). He worked hard, although one of his most contemptuous epigrams reads: Ce que j’ai appris je ne le sais plus; le peu que je sais encore, je l’ai deviné (“What I learned I no longer know; the little I still know, I guessed”). When the principal of the College promised Chamfort a benefice, he replied that he could not accept because he preferred honour to honours, j’aime l’honneur et non les honneurs. About this time he assumed the name of Chamfort.  More…

Who Wouldn’t Love a Pink Llama Baby?

“A lot of people have gone farther than they thought they could because someone else thought they could.”
Zig Ziglar

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Who Wouldn’t Love a Pink Llama Baby?  –  4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

I painted this from a reference photo that Sharrm posted at WetCanvas.   The photo was contributed by santos6969 to the WetCanvas Reference Image Library (RIL).   There are currently  10,261,667  photos in the RIL.  If you need inspiration, have a look at all that lovely eye candy.  🙂

Zig Ziglar, Americas leading Motivator, & his Team is leading the way for entreprenuers & small Businesses to Succeed Globally.

“The Master of Motivation” Zig Ziglar has been described as “One of America’s Icons,” “the salesman’s salesman” and “A legacy that will forever impact our history.” Helping people to achieve long-term balanced success based on his philosophy of character, attitude and skills, he has impacted more than a quarter billion people and continues to make a difference in the lives of those who act on his philosophy.  More here.

Crooked Little Road

“To keep your character intact you cannot stoop to filthy acts. It makes it easier to stoop the next time.”
– Katharine Hepburn

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Crooked Little Road – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Ink

The word of the week on Illustration Friday is Crooked.    The little MG is from a photo reference by Sharrm at WetCanvas.  Wouldn’t that be fun?  Hop in your classic MG and hit the paved country roads?  I don’t think it’d be as fun on gravel.   You’d have to drive entirely too slow!   🙂

I love Katharine Hepburn! One Christmas day, when I was single, I rented everything I could find with her in it and had me a Hepburn marathon!! African Queen is one of my all time favorite movies!

About Katharine Hepburn

Gutsy American actress Katharine Hepburn was ranked the greatest actress of all time by the American Film Institute for her roles in films such as The African Queen and The Philadelphia Story. She was born in 1907 in Connecticut. Early in her film career, RKO took away her overalls, demanding she dress like a screen icon, prompting her to walk through the studio in her underwear. Her romance with Spencer Tracy led to their delightful verbal sparring in films like Adam’s Rib and Woman of the Year. She died in 2003.


Another White House Painting…. Not!

“Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.”
Lois McMaster Bujold

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Another White House Painting…. Not!  –  4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I did this Sunday when I just felt like doodling.   You know how that is, right?  Sometimes we just wanna play for no reason at all.  🙂

Enjoy your last full day of summer.   It’s still in the 90’s here in Oklahoma, but we have some 80’s sprinkled in here and there and the nights are cooling down.  I love fall and I’m looking forward to some crisp days.

About Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold, the award-winning American science fiction and fantasy writer, is best known for her “Vorkosigan Saga” space opera, a series of novels and short stories which blend action with strong character development. She was born in 1949 in Ohio and began writing seriously in her thirties. When her best friend began publishing novels, Bujold thought, “If she can do it, I can too.” She has won the prestigious Hugo Award four times. She lives in Minneapolis and has two children.

McIntosh County Courthouse

“Luck? I don’t know anything about luck. I’ve never banked on it and I’m afraid of people who do. Luck to me is something else: hard work — and realizing what is opportunity and what isn’t.”
– Lucille Ball

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

McIntosh County Courthouse – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor

I didn’t add the sock monkey to this painting because it is for sale and a Judge or Court Clerk may want the painting for their office, but may not feel so warm and fuzzy about the sock monkey.  All the individual “business” paintings are sold before I paint them.  I guess you could say they are commissioned.  I’m painting the Post Office, City Hall, Posey Park, the Library, etc., just so that the black and whites can be in the coloring book I’m working on.   Here’s a link to the black and white version of this one.

About Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball, the beloved redheaded comedian, was born in 1911 in New York. She enrolled in drama school — where she was told she had no acting talent, so she became a model. That career led to her discovery by Hollywood. Ball and her bandleader husband, Desi Arnaz, pitched a sitcom to CBS, which refused it, but they went on the road with it as a vaudeville act. The act — about a ditzy housewife and her bandleader husband — was a success, as was the ensuing TV show, I Love Lucy. The show made TV history when Lucy’s sitcom character was pregnant on the air. She died in 1989.


This Doggie Looks Possessed!

“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

This Doggie Looks Possessed! – 4″ x 5″ Watercolor

I painted this from a photo reference by JustJean at WetCanvas.  This is her friend’s dog, Gigit.  She kinda scares me!  😀

About Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the multitalented and prolific German author and scientist, is best known for the play Faust, which has been adapted into operas, films, and novels. He was born in 1749 in Frankfurt. An unhappy love affair inspired his first play; his similarly themed novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther, created the prototype of the romantic hero. He also invented the color wheel concept of light and made important discoveries in plant and human biology. He died in 1832.

Scarecrows in Love

“Courage is the human virtue that counts most — courage to act on limited knowledge and insufficient evidence. That’s all any of us have.”
– Robert Frost

Yeah!  I like that!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Scarecrows in Love – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Ink

Yesterday was my 10th wedding anniversary with my amazing husband.  So I may have been feeling a little sentimental when I was painting these scarecrows.  In the photo by JustJean at WetCanvas, they were not so close together or lovie-dovie looking.  🙂

About Robert Frost

Robert Frost, the influential American poet known for his rural settings, uncluttered language, and meditative themes, wrote the poems, “A Road Not Taken” and “Mending Walls,” among many others. He was born in San Francisco in 1874 and moved to Massachusetts at age 11. He ran a farm for ten years, selling it to move to England and become a full-time poet. After achieving his goal, he moved back to New Hampshire. His ambition was to write “a few poems it will be hard to get rid of.” He died in 1963.

She Burst Out Laughing!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

She Burst Out Laughing! – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Ink

When Alice the Alpaca looked in the mirror at her new hair-do, she burst out laughing!  Burst is the word this week for Illustration Friday.  I have painted this alpaca before, but that was before she went to the beauty parlor.  😀

Jim Rohn

Born to an Idaho farming family in the mid-1900s, Jim was ingrained with a work ethic that has served him well throughout his life. At 25, he met his mentor Earl Shoaff. And over the next six years he made his first fortune, yet didn’t get into speaking until he moved to Beverly Hills, California, when a friend at the Rotary Club asked him to tell his success story, which Rohn titled “Idaho Farm Boy Makes It to Beverly Hills.”

His speech went over so well that he received more invitations to share it, and better yet, they started paying him for it. In the beginning, he spoke in front of college and high-school classes and at service clubs, before moving on to seminars in 1963, which launched him into the personal-development business. From then on, Jim Rohn became a trailblazer in the self help and personal development industry, impacting the lives of millions through his life-changing material.

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