Something’s Off at the Kayak Tour Place – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

“The natural flights of the human mind are not from pleasure to pleasure, but from hope to hope.”
Samuel Johnson

“A truly powerful force in the universe is that of optimism. Optimism lies at the root of our mental and physical health. Feelings of hope can stimulate the body’s immune system and inspire recovery from a critical illness.
Optimism expresses itself in the persistence and resilience of living things. A child learning to walk repeatedly falls down and picks himself up until he stands erect. A decade after the eruption of Mt. St. Helens destroyed the local ecology, life reestablished itself on this volcano with amazing abundance and rapidity. And despite its hostile environment, a sole dandelion miraculously pushes itself up through a crack in the concrete. That dandelion is optimistic that it can and will survive.In the long run, the forces of love and life always triumph over those of fear and death. No matter how challenging the obstacles or difficult the tests, there is always cause for optimism.”

Douglas Bloch

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Kayak Tours – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Ink

Oh My!  Something seems to be lurking in the jungle here.    I started this painting with the Iguana.  It came from a photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas, from the Reference Image Library.  I couldn’t paint the feet, so I decided to use another of her photos to hide them.  These photos were taken when Li and her hubby were on the Tortuguero River in Costa Rica.

Samuel Johnson (18 September 1709 [O.S. 7 September] – 13 December 1784), often referred to as Dr Johnson, was an English writer who made lasting contributions to English literature as a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer.  Johnson was a devout Anglican and committed Tory, and has been described as “arguably the most distinguished man of letters in English history”.  He is also the subject of “the most famous single work of biographical art in the whole of literature”: James Boswell’s Life of Samuel JohnsonMore…

Douglas Bloch, M.A., is an author, teacher and mental health coach who writes and speaks on the topics of psychology, healing and spirituality. He earned his B.A. in Psychology from New York University and an M.A. in Counseling from the University of Oregon. He is the author of ten books, including , Healing From Depression: 12 Weeks to a Better MoodWords That Heal the Blues: Affirmations and Meditations for Living Optimally With Mood Disorders, and The Power of Positive Talk: Words to Help Every Child Succeed.   More…

A former radio talk show host and popular public speaker, Douglas has given lectures and workshops around the country to  businesses, schools, church groups, recovery centers and national psychology conferences. Douglas currently leads healing from depression and anxiety support groups in the Portland area. He also offers a mental health newsletter on his web site,



10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Li
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 17:28:27

    How did I miss that during the WDE???? It’s fantastical Beth! All iguanas should look so fashionable! Love!


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 20, 2013 @ 07:21:30

      Thanks, Li! The iguana wasn’t even in your WDE. I got it from the RIL. 🙂 I haven’t actually posted it over at WetCanvas yet. Maybe I’ll get it up today. Busy girl these days.


  2. lesliepaints
    Mar 19, 2013 @ 09:55:28

    Color, color, color! Very fun, too!


  3. Carol King
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:52:17

    Oh My! I laughed out loud when I scrolled down and saw the iguana in the background. Great idea of combining two photos. I have optimism that I will some day figure out the Wet Canvas website.


    • Beth Parker
      Mar 19, 2013 @ 07:11:21

      Thanks, Carol! I love it when that happens. (You laughing out loud) WetCanvas is great when it’s working. It’s so huge that they often have issues that are really frustrating.


  4. afternoonartist
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 18:04:30



  5. Cindy D.
    Mar 18, 2013 @ 09:13:49

    Haha! That’s hilarious! Wonderful way to avoid the feet. Lovely scales. Oh, and I love the clotheslines! This is a terrific pairing of your creatures and buildings. 🙂


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