Shy Panda Hides Behind the Big Pink Elephant

“Learning to live from conscious intention rather from habit energy and past condition is the path of awakening.”
Fred Eppsteiner

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Shy Panda Hides Behind the Big Pink Elephant – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Ink

Shy is the word of the week for Illustration Friday.   The photo references came from two photos by Connie VanWisssen at WetCanvas.  Connie lives in the Netherlands, but her friend Wilma took the panda photo in Tibet and her brother Stef took the elephant photo in Uganda.

WetCanvas is a wonderful art community to be a part of.   I have been hanging out there since the summer of 2007, when I started painting again for the first time in 30 years.   They gave me a ton of encouragement and I have made some great friends.

Fred Eppsteiner is the Dharma Teacher of the Florida Community of Mindfulness with students in FL and NC. A practicing Buddhist for over 40 years, and a psychotherapist for more than 30 years, Fred has trained extensively in both Zen and Vajrayana/Dzogchen lineages. He received Dharma Transmission from Thich Nhat Hanh in 1994 and is the editor of two books: The Path of Compassion and Interbeing. For more information on Fred and the FCM, access 



8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. afternoonartist
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 21:04:58

    Love love love this, Beth.


  2. joantav
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 14:36:10

    Once again I’m way behind…but at least I have the hurricane to blame this time. I love your work. It just makes me smile. Keep it up!!!


  3. Cindy D
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 09:04:41

    Wow! Super adorable! Every kid’s room needs this! They can pretend the elephant is their powerful protector. Oh my gosh, that big panda nose is too cute. Beautiful elephant, too! Now sure, they don’t run into each other so much in the wild, but in our magic wonderlands they do! 😀


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 05, 2012 @ 09:50:43

      Awww, Thanks so much, Cindy! I know what you mean about our magic world. I plucked a critter from Tibet and one from Uganda and magically made them friends. Isn’t art wonderful? 😀


  4. just4crafters
    Nov 05, 2012 @ 08:37:59

    I think you captured the the meaning of “shy” perfectly with this painting. I love the pink elephant!!! ~Sophia


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