Cross Roads Coffee Shop – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

“It is common sense to take a method and try it. If it fails, admit it frankly and try another. But above all, try something.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Cross Roads Coffee Shop – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

This is a cute little coffee shop I found on Google Street View.  The part that is really weird about it is that there was a huge sign that said coffee on the side of the building.  I didn’t realize I forgot to add it until I was nearly done painting this….. and I am a sign lady!!  I have owned my sign shop for 21 years!!  I forgot the sign?   What’s up with that????  😀

About Franklin D. Roosevelt

Four-term American president Franklin Delano Roosevelt, known as FDR, pulled America out of the Great Depression and led the country during World War II. He was born in New York in 1882. His political career halted when a bout of polio paralyzed him from the waist down, but after learning to walk with leg braces, he became governor of New York and then president. His New Deal initiatives included Social Security, jobs programs, and collective bargaining. He died in 1945.

 

Hammerpress – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you.  Never excuse yourself.  Never pity yourself.  Be a hard master to yourself – and be lenient to everybody else.”

–Henry Ward Beecher

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Hammerpress – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

This business belongs to my friends Bryan & Janiece’s son, Brady.  He has grown a very successful business there in Kansas City.  The poster art he does is wonderful!!  I found his building using Google street view.   Go check out the Hammerpress website.  It’s real eye candy.

Henry Ward Beecher (June 24, 1813 – March 8, 1887) was a prominent Congregationalist clergyman, social reformer, abolitionist, and speaker in the mid to late 19th century. An 1875 adultery trial in which he was accused of having an affair with a married woman was one of the most notorious American trials of the 19th century.  More…

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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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.

 

Bahama House Revamp

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Bahama House Revamp – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

It’s not that I didn’t like the house as it appeared in the photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas.  I did.  It was white (of course) and had green shutters, Christmas lights, and a lot of stuff in the yard.  First, I took down the lights and cleaned up the yard.  Then (and this is where I seem to have veered of the Bahamian path) I decided to play with my Yarka St. Petersburg Watercolors.   The set I have is very Cape Cod colored, if that makes any sense.  So the colors kinda went awry, but it was still very fun!!    Oh, the grass is not painted from that set, so it has a different hue.  🙂

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Emerson was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 1803, son of Ruth Haskins and the Rev. William Emerson, a Unitarian minister. He was named after his mother’s brother Ralph and the father’s great-grandmother Rebecca Waldo. Ralph Waldo was the second of five sons who survived into adulthood; the others were William, Edward, Robert Bulkeley, and Charles. Three other children—Phebe, John Clarke, and Mary Caroline–died in childhood.

The young Ralph Waldo Emerson’s father died from stomach cancer on May 12, 1811, less than two weeks before Emerson’s eighth birthday. Emerson was raised by his mother, with the help of the other women in the family; his aunt Mary Moody Emerson in particular had a profound effect on Emerson. She lived with the family off and on, and maintained a constant correspondence with Emerson until her death in 1863.  More…

Happy 4th of July!

“Old people don’t get crabby. Crabby people get old.”
Steve Otto

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Happy 4th of July!

This is a 2.5″ x 3.5″ watercolor ATC that I did for an ATC exchange.  Have a safe and wonderful holiday!

Steve Otto

There are too many Steve Otto profiles on the web to pin down which one wrote this quote.  I like it though!

 

A Scolding from Mom

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been.”
– George Eliot

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A Scolding from Mom – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Another oldie today.  I hope to get some new ones painted over the weekend.  I think I did this one in like 2008.  I can tell.  😀

About George Eliot

George Eliot was the pen name of Mary Ann Evans, the Victorian author known for her psychologically astute novels set in small English towns. She was born on a farm in England in 1819 and wrote several acclaimed novels, including Middlemarch, The Mill on the Floss, and Silas Marner. She lived with George Henry Lewes for several years, which was considered highly scandalous at the time. She died in 1880.

I smell Bird Seed!

“The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.”
– Albert Einstein

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I smell Bird Seed!  ATC – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ans Sharpie

I didn’t have anything new to show you today, so I grabbled a little squirrel from an ATC swap I was in a while back.

I’ve already been out putting graphics on a Semi.  It’s smouldering hot, so any outside jobs have to be done before 8:30 am.  I have done one outside job every morning this week.  Next week promises to be just as hot.

My heart goes out to the people in Colorado, Utah and Florida.  Fires and floods are so awful!  There are fires in Utah that are getting very close to Delta, the town I went to high school in.  They have already evacuated the nearby town of Oak City.   We used to camp out in the Oak City canyon when I was young.  I hope everybody will be okay.  I still have very good friends there and they are pretty scared.  I also lived in Denver and Alamosa, Colorado when I was a kid, so the fires are all around my old neck of the woods.  Be safe out there!

About Albert Einstein

The brilliant physicist Albert Einstein became an international icon for his groundbreaking theory of relativity. He was born in Germany in 1879 and began his seminal work while at the Swiss Patent Office. He later fled the Nazi regime, moving to the United States to teach at Princeton. In 1921, he won the Nobel Prize. He declined Israel’s invitation to become its president, saying he lacked the necessary people skills. He died in 1955.

Another Vested Bird – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

“Yesterday is ashes.  Tomorrow is green wood.  Only today does the fire burn brightly.”
Eskimo saying

Another Vested Bird – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

Here’s a little bird ATC I painted for an exchange.  Have a great weekend!

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Birds on a Wire – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor and Sharpie ATC

“Freedom lies in being bold.”
– Robert Frost

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Birds on a Wire – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor and Sharpie ATC

I painted this little ATC from another WetCanvas photo.  I love those big old electric thingies!  So fun!

Work computer is still down, so this is another watercolor done while passing time at the sign shop.  It’s amazing that one computer can stop everything.  When Publishers Clearing House brings my millions…. I’m going to buy a clone to the current computer and have it there on stand-by.  🙂

About Robert Frost

Robert Frost, the influential American poet known for his rural settings, uncluttered language, and meditative themes, wrote the poems, “A Road Not Taken” and “Mending Walls,” among many others. He was born in San Francisco in 1874 and moved to Massachusetts at age 11. He ran a farm for ten years, selling it to move to England and become a full-time poet. After achieving his goal, he moved back to New Hampshire. His ambition was to write “a few poems it will be hard to get rid of.” He died in 1963.

Pink and Blue Tennies – Watercolor ATCs

“The Constitution doesn’t guarantee happiness, only the pursuit of it. You have to catch up to it yourself.”
–Author Unknown

Both little pair of shoes were painted from the same photo of a pair of black tennis shoes.  Both shoe paintings are 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC size watercolors.

Without an author’s bio, this post just seems so short.  🙂

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