Eufaula City Hall Building Portrait

“Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”
Charles Dickens

Great advice!!

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Eufaula City Hall – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Ink

It’s amazing what I learn when I paint these buildings.  This one was pure joy.  Although I initially dreaded doing all those rocks, it ended up being my favorite part.  🙂

Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He had a poor head for finances, and in 1824 found himself imprisoned for debt. His wife and children, with the exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren’s Blacking Factory, joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. When the family finances were put at least partly to rights and his father was released, the twelve-year-old Dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was further wounded by his mother’s insistence that he continue to work at the factory. His father, however, rescued him from that fate, and between 1824 and 1827 Dickens was a day pupil at a school in London. At fifteen, he found employment as an office boy at an attorney’s, while he studied shorthand at night. His brief stint at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life — he spoke of it only to his wife and to his closest friend, John Forster — but the dark secret became a source both of creative energy and of the preoccupation with the themes of alienation and betrayal which would emerge, most notably, in David Copperfield and in Great Expectations.  More…



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Oct 03, 2012 @ 12:46:19

    The style you impart in these landscapes with buildings is tantalizing. Have you grouped them as one folder on your computer so you can see your signature style? Awesome, Beth!


    • Beth Parker
      Oct 03, 2012 @ 14:55:41

      Thanks, Leslie! I am developing the black and white ink drawings into a coloring book project. My hope is to use it for community wide marketing. It is fun to see all of them together. 🙂


  2. afternoonartist
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 20:44:42

    I love the rocks. Worth all the effort you put into them. And the flags are fab. What color of blue did you use for the sky?


  3. lindahalcombfineart
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 17:36:58

    Great detail! Very well done and so much diversity. The rocks make the painting exciting. Wonderful!


  4. Carol King
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 09:38:30

    What a lovely city hall you have. The trees and clouds make me happy and I like the flags flapping in the breeze.


  5. Cindy D
    Oct 02, 2012 @ 07:36:46

    The rocks are so great! I love this building. The flags add a nice touch, too. Very neat!


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