4 Paws Facing Southwest – Painting Stages

“Experience is not what happens to a man. It is what a man does with what happens to him.”

Aldous Huxley

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

4 Paws Facing Southwest –  5″ x 5″  – Painting Stages

I painted this little painting from the driveway of the cabin I stayed in during my 2011 Driggs, Idaho visit.  It’s 5″ x 5″ and I’ve included the progress shots of the stages.  First, I took a panel that I had painted earlier with black gesso.  I drew the lines on with chalk that I wanted to stay black.  Then, with Golden Fluid Acrylic, I painted the underpainting.  I come in and add color after that.  Layers and layers and layers of glazing (with Golden Fluid Acrylic) later, I end up with the finished painting.  These little acrylics are better in person.  🙂

About Aldous Huxley

Aldous Huxley, the cerebral English writer and social critic, is best known for his dystopian novel Brave New World, about a theoretically ideal society that stamps out individuality. He was born in Surrey on July 26, 1894. His teen years were difficult: His mother and sister died when he was 14 and a few years later, he became nearly blind. After early success with fiction, he switched to essays and screenplays, moving to California and becoming a kind of guru for the 60’s counterculture movement. He died on November 22, 1963.


Character Neighborhood – Line Drawing

“Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.”

Carl Bard

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Character Neighborhood – 4″ x 6″ Line Drawing

I just finished the ink on my newest painting.  I found this Kansas City neighborhood on Google street view and I fell in love with the character of the homes.  I imagine that they were quite fancy in their day.  I can’t wait to start painting this one!

Carl Bard (1907-1978) was a Scottish Theologian Religious Writer Broadcaster.   (I couldn’t find more on him than that.  There are too many Carl Bards, and I don’t want to get the wrong info.)

JJ’s – A Kansas City Icon – A Little Watercolor Painting

“There is no shortcut to life. To the end of our days, life is a lesson imperfectly learned.”

Harrison E. Salisbury

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JJ’s – A Kansas City Icon – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Ink

Tragically, JJ’s exploded and burned to the ground last week.  JJ’s was a much loved Kansas City icon for 28 years.   If you go to their website, you can see their heartfelt thanks to the outpouring of support from the community.  You can also find out how to donate to the fund that will help the employees and charitable groups that have responded to this tragedy.

This has to be one of my favorite Kansas City paintings.  It was important to me that I added the color and life that they brought to the plaza.

Harrison Evans Salisbury (November 14, 1908 – July 5, 1993), an American Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist (1955), was the first regular New York Times correspondent in Moscow after World War II.[1] He was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He graduated from Minneapolis North High School in 1925 and the University of Minnesota in 1930.  More…

West 57th and State Line Home

“No work is insignificant. All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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West 57th and State Line Home – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

I found this wonderful, stately home on Google street view.  I was drawn to the landscaping.  It was so fun to paint the cute little round bushes and the cool rock wall.  🙂

About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr., the revered civil- rights activist renowned for his stirring “I Have a Dream” speech, was arrested more than 20 times for his part in civil-disobedience actions. He was born on January 15, 1929. He believed in the power of nonviolent protest, and organized the Montgomery Bus Boycott to protest Jim Crow segregation laws. The protest was successful, leading to a change in the law and cementing King’s leadership in the emerging movement. He was assassinated on April 4, 1968.

Felt, Idaho – A Little Watercolor

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
Orison Swett Marden

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Felt, Idaho – A Little Watercolor

I know… it’s not new, but I’m behind on my painting.  My sign shop has been absolutely insane this winter.  I’ve been working six 11-12 hour days a week  for a while now.  On Sunday, the hubby has stuff for me to do.  That means I’m only getting my little hour every morning, between 5 and 6 am to paint.    I’m not complaining, though.  I am really fortunate to be so busy at work.

When I was in Driggs in 2011, a lady who owned a wonderful little bead shop suggested I go check out Felt.  I’m so glad I did!  I painted this from the side of the road.  I was thrilled to see a tractor out there in the fields!   I’m going back this year for more of Felt.

About Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden, the American writer who is considered the forerunner of motivational authors, wrote an average of two books a year from 1894 to 1924. He was born on a New England farm in 1850. During college, he worked in hotel management. He then used his seed money to buy a resort in Rhode Island. Wanting to inspire people as he himself had been inspired by British author Samuel Smiles, he began writing books like You Can, But Will You? and founded Success Magazine. He died in 1924.

View from 4 Paws Cabin – Driggs, Idaho

“When you have a great and difficult task, something perhaps almost impossible, if you only work a little at a time, every day a little, suddenly the work will finish itself.”
Isak Dinesen

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View from 4 Paws Cabin – Driggs, Idaho

This is the view from the beautiful little cabin I stayed at, in Driggs, Idaho two years ago.  I wish it was available this year, but it’s booked the whole month of August.

This is painted in watercolor on masa paper.  You wad this paper up, get it wet, then spread it out and drop watercolor into it.  After it dries, you attach it to watercolor paper with matte medium and let it dry again.  Then you do your painting on it.  Fun!

I learned about it from Leslie White.  You can see her “how to” post here.

About Isak Dinesen

Isak Dinesen was the pen name of Karen Blixen, the Danish author famously portrayed by Meryl Streep in the film of her best-selling memoir, Out of Africa. She was born near Copenhagen on April 17, 1885. In 1914, she and her new husband moved to Kenya to run a coffee plantation. She stayed on after divorcing her husband ten years later, living an unusually independent life. Her book of stories, Seven Gothic Tales, sold well, but Out of Africa made her a worldwide success. She died on September 7, 1962.

Mission Hills Watercolor – 4″ x 6″

“Be miserable or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.”
Wayne Dyer

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Mission Hills, Kansas Home – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I found this home while wandering around Google street view.  It was really fun to do!  I was hoping if I have a few homes in my Kansas City inventory, it might encourage commissions.  Oh and because it’s FUN!!  😀

This painting is done on a wonderful Kilimanjaro watercolor paper.  I bought a little sample pack and I love the way this paper loves watercolor.

WAYNE W. DYER, PH.D., is an internationally renowned author and speaker in the field of self-development. He’s the author of over 30 books, has created many audio programs and videos, and has appeared on thousands of television and radio shows.

His books Manifest Your Destiny, Wisdom of the Ages, There’s a Spiritual Solution to Every Problem, and the New York Times bestsellers 10 Secrets for Success and Inner Peace, The Power of Intention, Inspiration, Change Your Thoughts—Change Your Life, Excuses Begone, and now Wishes Fulfilled have all been featured as National Public Television specials.

Dyer holds a Doctorate in Educational Counseling from Wayne State University and was an associate professor at St. John’s University in New York.

Dr. Wayne Dyer is affectionately called the “father of motivation” by his fans. Despite his childhood spent in orphanages and foster homes, Dr. Dyer has overcome many obstacles to make his dreams come true. Today he spends much of his time showing others how to do the same.

When he’s not traveling the globe delivering his uplifting message, Wayne is writing from his home in Maui.

Pink Moose – 4″ x 6″ Postcard

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.  It turns what we have into enough, and more.  It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity.  It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.  Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.”

Melody Beattie

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Pink Moose – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink Postcard

This little postcard was a doodle, more than anything.  I painted the moose from a photo by Stalksthedawn at WetCanvas, then just doodled.  This is another one from Idaho in 2011.  I’m working on some more new paintings, but they are slow, since I haven’t had much time to paint.  Should have a new one for you in a day or two.

I LOVE today’s quote!  It’s my life mantra, so to speak.

Melody Beattie is one of America’s most beloved self-help authors and a household name in addiction and recovery circles.  Her international bestselling book, Codependent No More, introduced the world to the term “codependency” in 1986.  Millions of readers have trusted Melody’s words of wisdom and guidance because she knows firsthand what they’re going through. In her lifetime, she has survived abandonment, kidnapping, sexual abuse, drug and alcohol addiction, divorce, and the death of a child. “Beattie understands being overboard, which helps her throw bestselling lifelines to those still adrift,” said Time MagazineMore…

Park College Power Plant – a little 4″ x 6″ Painting

“The tragedy in life doesn’t lie in not reaching your goal. The tragedy lies in having no goal to reach.”
Benjamin Mays

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Park College Power Plant – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

This was fun!!!  I looked all over Parkville, trying to get a good view of the college, with Google street view, but there are just too many trees.  I did find this little gem though.  I’m wondering if it’s a restaurant.  The hubby noticed there were no beer lights, so it’s unlikely it’s a bar.

About Benjamin Mays

African-American minister Benjamin Mays laid the foundation for the civil rights movement with his books and speeches and as a mentor to Martin Luther King. He was born on August 1, 1894 in South Carolina to tenant farmer parents. His study, The Negro’s Church, co-written with Joseph Nicholson, was a groundbreaking look at the black religious experience. Mays served as president of Morehouse College from 1940 to 1967. His work emphasized the inherent dignity in all people. He died on March 28, 1984.


Idaho Fence – Acrylic on Small Canvas

“Never let life’s hardships disturb you…no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.”
– Nichiren Daishonin

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Idaho Fence – Acrylic on Small 4″ x 6″ Canvas

There is some really beautiful country between Blackfoot and Driggs, Idaho.  Gentle rolling hills of various shades of gold take my breath away.   I am visiting some paintings from the archives while I am working too much to get very many other paintings done.

I am working on a painting of Park College Power Plant, in Parkville, MO, which I think looks like maybe it’s a bar.  Hard to say, since I found it on Google Street View.  🙂

About Nichiren Daishonin

Thirteenth century Japanese monk Nichiren Daishonin is known as the founder of the branch of Buddhism that bears his name. Born Zennichi-maro in a fishing village in 1222, he changed his name when he founded “True Buddhism,” a return to the non-discriminatory basis of the religion. His huge following and his dire predictions made him unpopular with rulers; according to legend, he was about to be killed when a freak astronomical phenomenon blinded the executioner and saved Daishonin’s life. He died on October 13, 1282.


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