Cuckoo Clock Number 9 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Action without study is fatal. Study without action is futile.”
Mary Ritter Beard

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Cuckoo Clock Number 9 – A Watercolor Sketch

This is very fun, I think, with the bird sitting on the dash.  Notice I didn’t let him drive.  He is only a passenger.

About Mary Ritter Beard

The American historian and suffragette Mary Ritter Beard was best known for the acclaimed two-volume work, The Rise of American Civilization, which she cowrote with her husband, Charles Beard. She was born in Indiana on August 5, 1876. She became a spokeswoman for the importance of women’s history with her books, On Understanding Women and Women as Force in History. She and her husband were controversial, dynamic figures who helped frame the way we view American history. She died on August 14, 1958.

Cuckoo Clock Number 8 – A Watercolor Sketch

Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruit – and man is his own gardener.
John Leonard

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Cuckoo Clock Number 8 – A Watercolor Sketch

This is the one I submitted for the class gallery.  The image I submitted is a cell phone case design.

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It was fun!

Cuckoo Clock Number 7 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Think it more satisfactory to live richly than die rich.”
Sir Thomas Browne

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Cuckoo Clock Number 7 – A Watercolor Sketch

This one is a Cuckoo Clock Starship.  That little bird looks ready to fly!  If you want to see over 400 cuckoo clocks turned into cell phone cases….  check out the MATS Bootcamp gallery here.

About Sir Thomas Browne

The erudite English doctor Sir Thomas Browne, who wrote a number of books on science and religion, was known for his baroque prose style and his controversial opinions. He was born on October 19, 1605 in London and settled in Norwich to practice medicine. He wrote his most famous book, Religio Medici (The Religion of a Physician), an intellectual autobiography, in 1635. A friend published it in 1642 without his permission, embarrassing him, but the book’s popularity encouraged him to write more. He died on October 19, 1682.

Cuckoo Clock Number 6 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.”
William C. Durant

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Cuckoo Clock Number 6 – A Watercolor Sketch

I wasn’t too fond of this one until I added the color.  I love the colors!

About William C. Durant

William C. Durant, founder of General Motors, consolidated much of the fledgling American auto industry under one roof. He was born on December 8, 1861 in Boston and grew up in Flint, Michigan. His innovative business model was to buy out vendors and acquire competitors. Forced to resign from GM due to this management style, he founded a new company with his race-car driver, Louis Chevrolet. He later regained control of GM but lost everything in the Great Depression. He died on March 18, 1947.

Cuckoo Clock Number 5 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.”
Virginia Satir

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Cuckoo Clock Number 5 – A Watercolor Sketch

This one is my Cuckoo at the Theater version.  I know… it’s very weird here in Bethville.  🙂

About Virginia Satir

American psychotherapist Virginia Satir played a central role in shaping family therapy. She was born in Wisconsin on June 26, 1916. While working as a teacher, she became deeply involved in the lives of her students and their parents. This led to graduate school and a career change. She took on the mission of inspiring therapists to work with families. She cofounded the Mental Health Research Institute in California, where she held the first-ever family-therapy training program. She died on September 10, 1988.

Cuckoo Clock Number 4 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Simplicity is not the process of “dumbing down”; nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, when we embrace simplicity our lives, and bake it into our businesses, true genius is at work as the efforts to make the complex simple is an example of superior thinking.”

Gary Ryan Blair

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Cuckoo Clock Number 4 – A Watercolor Sketch

Fun to do, but not one of my favorites. I do like the bird, though. Looks like she’s gossiping with the bird on the other side of the street.  🙂

Gary Ryan Blair helps business owners, corporate executives and sales professionals manage their time, set their priorities, and stay focused so they can achieve their goals, grow their business, enjoy more success and greater freedom.

Cuckoo Clock Number 3 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Excellence begins as a decision – one where you look at your life, business, and relationships and decide that everything you touch is going to better, that the example you set is going to be inspiring, that the performance bar is going to be raised higher, and that the legacy you leave will be memorable and long-lasting.”
Gary Ryan Blair

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Cuckoo Clock Number 3 – A Watercolor Sketch

I like the bird standing outside of the designated bird window.  A bit of a rebel, don’t you think?

Gary Ryan Blair helps business owners, corporate executives and sales professionals manage their time, set their priorities, and stay focused so they can achieve their goals, grow their business, enjoy more success and greater freedom.

Cuckoo Clock Number 2 – A Watercolor Sketch

“Striving for perfection is the greatest stopper there is.… It’s your excuse to yourself for not doing anything. Instead, strive for excellence, doing your best.”
Sir Laurence Olivier

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Cuckoo Clock Number 2 – A Watercolor Sketch

I like this one.  It just makes me happy.  🙂

I love that quote today.  If I were to strive for perfection, I’d never be able to do little things like this.  The joy is in the creation, just for the sake of my love for art.

About Sir Laurence Olivier

The brilliant English actor Laurence Olivier, known for roles in such films as The Entertainer, Rebecca, and Wuthering Heights, was central in founding Britain’s National Theater, and was artistic director there for ten years. He was born on May 22, 1907 in Surrey. Not a Method actor, he used external attributes to create a character. He craved performance and was depressed between jobs. He was the first actor to direct his own Oscar-winning performance, in Hamlet. He died on July 11, 1989.

Cuckoo Clock Number One – A Watercolor Sketch

“The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking.”
–Eckhart Tolle

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Cuckoo Clock Number One – A Watercolor Sketch

Yesterday I mentioned that I was going to share some cuckoo clocks I sketched for a class I’m taking.  I’m sharing them on my blog just for for kicks and giggles.

Keep in mind… these are rough sketches to come up with creative little cuckoo clock ideas.  I only picked one to post to the class gallery.  This was NOT the one.  🙂

Eckhart is a spiritual teacher and author who was born in Germany and educated at the Universities of London and Cambridge. At the age of 29, a profound inner transformation radically changed the course of his life. The next few years were devoted to understanding, integrating and deepening that transformation, which marked the beginning of an intense inward journey. Later, he began to work in London with individuals and small groups as a counselor and spiritual teacher. Since 1995 he has lived in Vancouver, Canada. Eckhart Tolle is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Power of Now (translated into 33 languages) and the highly acclaimed follow-up A New Earth, which are widely regarded as two of the most influential spiritual books of our time.   http://www.eckharttolletv.com/about/eckhart/

Another Eufaula Building Portrait

“Forgiveness is the economy of the heart.…forgiveness saves the expense of anger, the cost of hatred, the waste of spirits.”

– Hannah More

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Hunn Funeral Home – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor & Ink

It’s been quite a while since I posted anything on my blog.  I seem to be doing a lot of art for my licensing portfolio and that’s stuff you just don’t show until it’s time.  So many issues with copyright and so on.

I am taking a MATS Bootcamp class for the next few months and I have decided to share some of that fun with you.  Starting tomorrow, I’ll be sharing a bunch of cuckoo clocks I came up with for the class.  They are mostly creative experiments and will never see the light of day, beyond this blog.  Some will be developed further.  We’ll see.  Until then….

Thanks for checking in.  🙂

About Hannah More

English writer and philanthropist Hannah More, one of the most influential women of her time, is seen as a proto-feminist because she argued for true education for women. She was born near Bristol on February 2, 1745. When her long engagement to a local landowner ended badly, he gave her a yearly stipend in apology, which allowed her the freedom to move to London and write plays. She later shifted to philanthropic work and writing popular religious tracts. She died on September 7, 1833.