Silly Little Orange Alpaca


“Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.”
– Truman Capote


Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013


Silly Little Orange Alpaca – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor


Mary Y. over at WetCanvas posted the cutest little Alpaca youngster on her WDE a couple weeks ago.  I painted this from her photo.  In fact, the Halloween Cat was also from her WDE.  Of course it was a white cat.  I’m sure Mary won’t mind her white critters becoming orange.  She knows what happens at Bethville.  😀


About Truman Capote

The flamboyant American author Truman Capote is best known for his book In Cold Blood, the true story of the murder of a wealthy Kansas family. Written in a literary style, it spawned the creative nonfiction genre. Born in New Orleans in 1924 and raised by relatives in Alabama, Capote moved to New York when he was nine to live with his mother. He was a larger-than-life personality, known for his colorful attire, his lisping voice, and his outrageous statements. He died in 1984.

Herb the Alpaca – Are you Smiling Yet?

“What soap is to the body, laughter is to the soul.”

–Yiddish Proverb

“Need a good cleanse on the inside?  Find a funny friend.  Have dinner with someone who makes you laugh out loud.  See a movie that makes you laugh ’til you cry.  You need a bath!  On the inside.”

Vickie Hitzges, Author of Attitude is Everything

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Herb the Alpaca – Are you Smiling Yet?

I painted this alpaca some time ago.  I call him Herb, because he looks like a Herb and a used car salesman.   (He also looks like he may have really bad breath!)  Would you buy a used car from this alpaca?  I don’t think so.  But I hope he brightened up your morning.  🙂

The painting went to some folks who raise alpacas.

This morning, the clock and my daylight lamp in the studio both quit at the same time.  What are the chances of that happening.  Rather than see it as an omen that my day is going to be crummy, I see it as an opportunity to avoid things with electricity and batteries today.  I think I’ll get a lot done and have a really amazing day.  I hope you do, too!

Vicki Hitzges

Motivational Speaker, Former Television Host, & Corporate Publicist

Vicki Hitzges’s energy and humor encourage audiences to relax, laugh, and listen.  Vicki Hitzges is recognized as a CSP, Certified Speaking Professional, a title designated to less than 7% of the speakers who belong to the International Federation for Professional Speakers.  Vicki Hitzges polished her communication skills hosting television news and talk shows at Dallas TV affiliates for Fox, CBS, ABC, and the NBC affiliate in Corpus Christi, Texas, where she won a National Press Club Headliner Award for outstanding reporting ability.  Vicki Hitzges is represented for lectures by Leading Authorities, Inc., based in Washington, D.C.  More….

She Burst Out Laughing!

“If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.”
Jim Rohn

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She Burst Out Laughing! – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Ink

When Alice the Alpaca looked in the mirror at her new hair-do, she burst out laughing!  Burst is the word this week for Illustration Friday.  I have painted this alpaca before, but that was before she went to the beauty parlor.  😀

Jim Rohn

Born to an Idaho farming family in the mid-1900s, Jim was ingrained with a work ethic that has served him well throughout his life. At 25, he met his mentor Earl Shoaff. And over the next six years he made his first fortune, yet didn’t get into speaking until he moved to Beverly Hills, California, when a friend at the Rotary Club asked him to tell his success story, which Rohn titled “Idaho Farm Boy Makes It to Beverly Hills.”

His speech went over so well that he received more invitations to share it, and better yet, they started paying him for it. In the beginning, he spoke in front of college and high-school classes and at service clubs, before moving on to seminars in 1963, which launched him into the personal-development business. From then on, Jim Rohn became a trailblazer in the self help and personal development industry, impacting the lives of millions through his life-changing material.

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Am I a Llama or an Alpaca? – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever.”

– Isak Dinesen

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Am I a Llama or an Alpaca?  – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I can’t tell the difference between Llamas and Alpacas.  I’m guessing alpaca, but I really don’t know.

Our Favorite Place is having their Grand Opening tomorrow (Saturday, June 2).  I’m so excited!  They have only been open a few weeks and they have already sold one of my paintings!  Yay!  Here’s a link to what’s happening at the Grand Opening.  I’ll be there from the ribbon cutting (at 9:55 am) until around noon.  Many of the artists and Made in Oklahoma product people will be there.   If you’re within driving distance of Eufaula, OK, it’ll be worth a visit.  Hope to see you there!

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 in 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 in 1962.

Alpaca Party – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

“Our real blessings often appear to us in the shape of pains, losses and disappointments, but let us have patience and we soon shall see them in their proper figures.”
– Joseph Addison

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Alpaca Party – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

While we’re on the subject of alpacas…. what shade of lipstick goes best on a pink and yellow alpaca?  Bright red, of course!  Nothing is off limits in art.  I can always find my inner goof-ball!  I have a very stressful, busy work life and art helps me not to take myself too seriously!  🙂

About Joseph Addison

English politician and writer Joseph Addison is remembered as a cofounder, along with his friend Richard Steele, of The Spectator, one of the first magazines to cover literature and manners. He was born in 1672 in Wiltshire. He spent four years traveling in Europe, studying politics and writing poetry, and became a Commissioner of Appeals on his return to England. His shyness made public office difficult. His most famous work is the play Cato, a tragedy about ancient Rome. He died in 1719.


Hey, It is a Purple Alpaca! 4″ x 6″ Watercolor

“True silence is the rest of the mind; it is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.”
– William Penn

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Hey, It is a Purple Alpaca!   4″ x 6″ Watercolor

No really…. I do not take drugs.   I don’t even drink.   I just have a vivid imagination.  I painted this from a photo by Crias at WetCanvas.  Yes, the teeth really looked like that.  🙂

About William Penn

William Penn is remembered as the founder of Pennsylvania; the democratic government he set up became the model for the United States Constitution. He was born in 1644 in England. After he was arrested several times for preaching Quaker ideals, he decided to found a settlement in America. He drew up the “Great Treaty” with the Delaware Indians to ensure they were paid fairly for their land and toured Europe marketing the new colony. He died in 1718.


Marv, the Alpaca Wool Salesman

“Dreams come true. Without that possibility, nature would not incite us to have them.”
– John Updike

Marv, the Alpaca Wool Salesman

4″ x 7.5″ Watercolor

Marv is the greatest alpaca wool salesman for miles!  He does have a little proplem with poor dental habits, so suffers from a little bad breath.  There are rumors floating about that he wears a toupee, too!  🙂

My friend Mary,  in Ohio, has kids who raise alpacas, so Marv has gone to live with them.  Maybe they can help him with his bad breath problem.

The reference photo was from Crystalline174 at WetCanvas.  This painting was inspired by the alpaca’s teeth.  I know…. I’m weird!  *big grin*

Does he remind anyone of Herb on the old television series WKRP in Cincinnati?  🙂

About John Updike

John Updike, the Pulitzer Prize–winning American novelist known for his careful craftsmanship and small-town settings, has published more than 60 books to date. He was born in 1932 in Pennsylvania. As a child he suffered from stammering and was encouraged by his mother to write. After college, he joined The New Yorker as a regular contributor. He is best known for his series of novels about a fictional alter ego, including Rabbit, Run and Rabbit at Rest. He lives in Massachusetts.