Happy New (I mean Moo) Year!

“If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time.”
Marcel Proust

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Happy New (I mean Moo) Year! – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Ink

New is the word this week for Illustration Friday.   Well, here I go again… pretending I know how to draw a cow!  Can you tell they are drunk?  Someone filled their trough with champagne!   😀

Have a very Happy New Year!  I’m excited about all the wonderful possibilities in 2013 and I’m getting a running start.  I love this life!

About Marcel Proust

French writer Marcel Proust is renowned for his book In Search of Lost Time (formerly translated as Remembrance of Things Past), an autobiographical novel that Somerset Maugham called the greatest fiction to date. He was born near Paris in 1871. He had a severe asthma attack at age nine that nearly killed him; he remained in poor health much of his life. His bedroom was lined with cork for soundproofing; he wrote his novel at night and slept during the day. It took him 13 years to write the 3,200 page opus. He died in 1922.

Kansas City Skyline

“Man can only become what he is able to consciously imagine.”
Dane Rudhyar

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Kansas City Skyline – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

If you find it a little curious that I would switch from painting Eufaula, Oklahoma to painting Kansas City…  I have a reason.  I was asked to be part of a show in Kansas City in April.  They don’t even start jurying until later next month, but I’m in!   I am one of 30 artists who will be in the show.  I am excited!  My art has shown in different places around the country, but I didn’t go with it.  This is a wonderful opportunity and you can look forward to seeing more paintings like this over the next few months.

I’m having a great time painting these buildings!  I wonder what is in the fancier tops of some of the buildings.  I am imagining swanky penthouses.  The photo reference for this painting was contributed to the cause by my longtime friend, Jim “Botee” Meyer.  We have been friends since I was about 18 years old and I was living in Kansas City.  Don’t try to do the math… it’ll hurt your head!  😀

About Dane Rudhyar

Dane Rudhyar was a respected modernist composer as well as a pioneering modern psychological astrologer. He was born in Paris in 1895 as Daniel Chennevière and immigrated to the United States in the early 1900’s. His music utilizes dissonant harmony; he claimed to be inspired by the cadence of speech. His work influenced a group of composers known as the ultramodernists. He also wrote a number of astrology books, including the seminal Astrology of Personality. He died in 1985.


Foresee Ready Mix

“When we create something, we always create first in a thought form. If we are basically positive in attitude, expecting and envisioning pleasure, satisfaction and happiness, we will attract and create people, situations and events which conform to our positive expectations.”
Shaki Gawain

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Foresee Ready Mix – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

Kathy at Foresee commissioned this painting.  I had so much fun doing those big tanks.  I got quite a bit of painting done over the holiday.  I took off Sunday through Tuesday, then got snowed (iced) in on Wednesday.  Some of you know that my very steep driveway is 600 feet long.  Well it was a sheet of ice.  We did finally get out on Wednesday afternoon at 4:00 pm, and came in to town to get the mail.

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas, if that is a day you celebrate.

The Glow from Within

“I think in terms of the day’s resolutions, not the year’s.”

– Henry Moore

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

The Glow from Within – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Ink

Glow is the word this week for Illustration Friday.

 “Never underestimate the glow from within.”Beth Parker

With people, and tired old buildings… don’t judge the outside too quickly.  You could be missing something wonderful on the inside.  I painted this from a photo by Painter65 at WetCanvas.

Merry Christmas!

About Henry Moore

British sculptor Henry Moore is known for his voluptuous abstract figures. He was born in 1898 to a poor mining family. After Moore served in World War I, he became the first student of sculpture at Leeds School of Art; a sculpture studio was set up specifically for him. As he studied primitive arts, his own work became more abstract. He established The Henry Moore Foundation in 1977 to promote public appreciation of art. He died in 1986. His work can be seen in public spaces all over the world.

Christmas Ornaments by Beth

“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is sane who does not know how to be insane on proper occasions.”
– Henry Ward Beecher

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Christmas Ornaments by Beth

I was in an ornament exchange for the second year, over at Blu Penny.  I think there are 60 of us, divided into groups of 4.  You mail handmade ornaments to the other 3 people in your group and they each send you one.   My group was “The Fruitcakes”.  Our $10 entry fee benefited the Make a Wish Foundation.

To make these, I took a plastic ornament and covered the whole thing with little fabric squares, using Mod Podge.   I added 2 more coats of Mod Podge.  Then the leaves on the top were created by cutting apart a little plastic poinsetta and painting the leaves with spray paint.  I attached a bunch of little charms and bells to the ends and then hot glued the leaves onto the ornament.  Whaaa-Laaa!  🙂

About Henry Ward Beecher

The liberal American minister Henry Ward Beecher was a great orator, an advocate of women’s suffrage, and a staunch abolitionist. He raised funds before the Civil War to buy rifles to fight against slavery; these guns became known as “Beecher’s Bibles.” He was born in 1813 in Connecticut; among his eight siblings was Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of Uncle Tom’s Cabin. His immense popularity waned only slightly after he was accused of adultery; the trial ended in a hung jury, and he was ultimately acquitted. He died in 1887.

Nicole’s Unique Gifts & Meme’s Place

“Live with intention.  Walk to the edge.  Listen hard.  Practice wellness.  Play with abandon.  Laugh.  Choose with no regret.  Appreciate your friends.  Continue to learn.  Do what you love.  Live as if this is all there is.”

Mary Anne Radmacher

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Nicole’s Unique Gifts & Meme’s Place – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

This business is right next door to Our Favorite Place.  Kim & Tracy Franklin have that store packed to the gills with all kinds of cool stuff.

Wow!  We are having some strange pre-Christmas weather.  There’s blizzards to the north and dust storms to the south.  Here in Oklahoma, it’s just a little windy.  We are so lucky…. so far.

Mary Anne Radmacher is a writer and an artist. She conducts workshops on living a full, creative, balanced life, teaches Internet writing seminars, and works with individual clients. She has been writing since she was a child, and she uses her writing to explore symbols and find meaning. She is the author of Lean Forward into Your Life (Conari Press, 2007), and Live Boldly (Conari Press, 2008). She lives with her husband near Seattle, Washington. Visit her online at www.maryanneradmacher.com or www.maryanneradmacher.net. “

Houston Homan High School.. or uh… Middle School

“No man can think clearly when his fists are clenched.”
– George Jean Nathan

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Houston Homan High School.. or uh… Middle School – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

Houston Homan was dedicated in 1923. This four story structure was the second high school building located on the south end of main street at 111 Forest Street. Houston Homan was located west of and adjacent to Jackson Lee High School. Highway expansion required the demolition of the beautiful 3 1/2 story Jackson Lee Building.  (Hmmmm… three and a half?  What do we do with the half story?)

Houston Homan served the high school students of our district until the current high school was completed in 1967. The Houston Homan building then became Eufaula’s Middle School. In 2007, the middle school students began attending Eufaula’s new middle school building located west of town. The Houston Homan building is currently empty.

About George Jean Nathan

George Jean Nathan, the acerbic American drama critic, was renowned for what he called destructive theater criticism, which helped shape a more serious theatrical community and paved the way for modern critics. He was born in 1882 in Indiana. He and H.L. Mencken coedited the magazines Smart Set and The American Mercury. Although he found little to like in the theater, he became a fierce champion of the playwrights he did appreciate, including Eugene O’Neill and Sean O’Casey. He died in 1958.

Sno-Cone Business in the Snow

“The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”
Mitch Albom

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Sno-Cone Business in the Snow – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Snow is the word this week for Illustration Friday.   As I painted this, I realized why most Sno-Cone businesses are little buildings on wheels.  he he he  Life is fun, isn’t it?  I can’t imagine my life without art….. and pink paint.  😀

MITCH ALBOM is an internationally renowned and best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, playwright, radio and television broadcaster and musician. His books have collectively sold over 33 million copies worldwide; have been published in forty-one territories and in forty-two languages around the world; and have been made into Emmy Award-winning and critically-acclaimed television movies.  More at mitchalbom.com.


Fabric and Mod Podge Boat

“Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.”
Baltasar Gracián y Morales

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Fabric and Mod Podge Boat

I bought this little wooden boat (with oars) at Hobby Lobby. I used Mod Podge to apply fabric squares all over it.  I used orange acrylic paint to do the edges and the oar handles.  It was fun!  It looks like it belongs in Bethville, doesn’t it?  😀

About Baltasar Gracián y Morales

Baltasar Gracián y Morales, the Jesuit scholar and moralist author, was the leading Spanish proponent of conceptism (conceptismo), a method of expressing ideas through puns, epigrams, and other verbal devices. He was born in 1601 in Aragon. The Jesuit leadership frowned on his oratorical style, which included reading a letter from Hell to his congregation. His best known books include The Art of Worldly Wisdom and The Hero, which repudiated Machiavelli. He died in 1658.

Lake Eufaula Bed & Breakfast

“Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.”
–Richard L. Evans

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Lake Eufaula Bed & Breakfast – 5″ x 7″  Watercolor & Ink

Last night was our annual “Girls Night Out” Christmas party at Reba & Wayne Thompson’s  Lake Eufaula Bed & Breakfast.  This is a painting of the back of their B&B, facing the beach.  It is so beautiful and Reba decorates it to the hilt for Christmas.  We always have a great time there.  Last night there were 20 of us ladies and we ate and laughed and did the Secret Santa gift thing, which is always a hoot.  Thanks, Reba & Wayne!  (Wayne has the difficult task of helping us all park and then get out, after someone always blocks someone in.)  This little painting was my hostess gift to Reba.

Richard L. Evans (1906-1971)  is best known for his inspirational messages given in the long-running weekly radio program “Music and the Spoken Word” with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. As a General Authority of the Mormon Church, he was one of their most senior leaders.  More…

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