Stack of Cups

“Attempt easy tasks as if they were difficult, and difficult as if they were easy; in the one case that confidence may not fall asleep, in the other that it may not be dismayed.”
– Baltasar Gracián y Morales

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2011

Stack of Cups – 6″ x 9″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

I hosted the WDE at WetCanvas last weekend.  It was so much fun!  The two weekends per year that I host, the hubby leaves me alone to do all the art I want.  That is pure joy for me.  This is a stack of my office coffee cups.  I had a great time with this one.  There is still time to play.  Just go to:  All Media Art Events forum.

About Baltasar Gracián y Morales

Baltasar Gracián y Morales, the Jesuit scholar and moralist author, was the leading Spanish proponent of conceptism (conceptismo), a method of expressing ideas through puns, epigrams, and other verbal devices. He was born in 1601 in Aragon. The Jesuit leadership frowned on his oratorical style, which included reading a letter from Hell to his congregation. His best known books include The Art of Worldly Wisdom and The Hero, which repudiated Machiavelli. He died in 1658.


Puerto Rico

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
– Amelia Earhart

Puerto Rico – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor Pencil and Gouache on Black Art Spectrum Colourfix

This was really fun!  I drew the whole thing with watercolor pencils, then came back in with gouache to finish it.   I cropped this from an image by Tonyjazz at WetCanvas.

The masa paper I ordered came in yesterday.  I can’t wait to play with it!  🙂

About Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart, who was born in 1897 in Kansas, became the first person to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean and gained renown as a woman in a field dominated by men. Earhart worked as a nurse’s aide during World War I and learned to fly after moving to Los Angeles in 1919. She first became famous as one of a crew of three to fly across the Atlantic in 1928, but her best-known flight was her last. As she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane disappeared over the Pacific Ocean and was never found.

Port Wine

“Sometimes when we are generous in small, barely detectable ways it can change someone else’s life forever.”
– Margaret Cho

Port Wine – 8″ x 10″ Watercolor and Gouache on White Art Spectrum Colourfix

Art Spectrum Colourfix is a fine tooth sanded paper, designed for pastels.  I love doing watercolor on it.  This painting was challenging and fun!  It is from my WDE at WetCanvas and the image is a photo by Agnesdale.  It’s another great photo I found in the Reference Image Library at WetCanvas.

About Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho, the outspoken Korean-American comedian and actor, made television history as the first Asian-American with her own TV series, All American Girl. She was born in 1968 in San Francisco and has mined her life for extremely successful one-woman shows, including I’m the One That I Want and Notorious C.H.O., both of which spawned albums, movie versions, and books. When not touring with her comedy, Cho works now in Hollywood as both an actress and a director.

Clyde – Frog Painting

“How simple it is to see that
all the worry in the world cannot
control the future.  How simple it is
to see that we can only be happy now.
And there never is a time
when it is not now.”

–Gerald Jampolsky

Clyde – Frog Painting

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix ATC

Doesn’t he just make you wanna giggle?  😀

I’m hosting the Weekend Drawing Event (WDE) over at WetCanvas.  Come have a peek.  The photos are all from the Reference Image Library, and there are some beauties!  Even if you don’t play, have fun on your own, painting from the refs.

Jerry Jampolsky Gerald Jampolsky, M.D. is a psychiatrist, formerly on the faculty of the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.  He is the founder of the Center for Attitudinal Healing in Sausalito, California, and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.  Jerry Jampolsky’s writings have been largely inspired by A Course in Miracles. He currently lectures and writes with his wife, psychologist Diane Cirincione.  More….

Betsy – Frog Painting

“Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forward.”

Betsy – Frog Painting

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix ATC

Don’t ask me how I came up with the names for these frogs.  I guess I just got to know a personality, while I was painting them.  Doesn’t she look like a Betsy?  🙂

I love today’s quote.  It came from my little book by Mac Anderson, Charging the Human Battery – 50 Ways to Motivate Yourself.

Søren Aabye Kierkegaard was born in Copenhagen on May 5, 1813. Both of his parents were of Jutlandish descent. His father, Michael Pedersen Kierkegaard, was raised a shepherd boy. He experienced what is now considered to have been an event seminal for both father and son, considering the influence of the former on the latter. Michael experienced great suffering and loneliness while alone on the heath. One day, while still a child, he cursed God for his hardships. Notwithstanding this, his situation much improved when he turned twelve years of age, at which time he was sent to live with his uncle in Copenhagen. Michael succeeded as a businessman, a hosier. He did so well that he was able to retire when he was only forty years old. He lived quite comfortably until the age of eighty-two, and died in 1838.

Kierkegaard’s mother, Anne, was Michael Kierkegaard’s second wife and gave birth to all of his seven children. Her entrance into the household had been as a servant girl. While Kierkegaard wrote much in his journals about his father, he rarely wrote of his mother. She died in 1834 when Kierkegaard was twenty-one.

Masters Study – Pablo Picasso, Autoportrait 1899-1900

Today I am posting a little extra.  This comes from my little book, Time for Joy, by Ruth Fishel (daily affirmations) and the stuff she says after the quote is really good.  So I am going to type it all in here for you, one little finger peck at a time.

“Whatever we see as our “self” must have a place in our own hearts and consciousness before we can become individualized as personalities.”
Marsha Sinetar

“The way we see ourselves begins with our earliest memories.  It comes from the messages we received from those around us.  If we see ourselves in any negative way, we are letting these messages from others run our lives in a negative way.
It takes time to identify those voices and know that they are not ours.  We need to take that time to know that no matter what and who we are, we are just where we need to be to grow and mature.
Once we can allow ourselves this respect, we can develop as individuals.  Today is a wonderful day for this.”

“Today I am discovering who I am.  Today I am becoming my person, worthy of developing all of me.  Today I am beginning to know that I am okay the way I am.”
Ruth Fishel

Isn’t that cool!

Masters Study – Pablo Picasso, Autoportrait 1899-1900

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

I remember every brush stroke I did on this, like it was yesterday.  Again, something that looked easy was very difficult.  I loved every minute of it, right down to that little “YO”.  🙂

A link to the original painting by Pablo Picasso is escaping me again.  I can’t find this painting, so I’ll do a little photoshop thing, to show you both.

I am going back to my post with Ferdinand Loyen du Puigaudeau to do the same, so you can see the original.  You can find it here.  Mine is awful, when you see them side by side.  I was so new to painting and it was really difficult, especially 2.5″ x 3.5″.  🙂

Marsha Sinetar, Ph.D., is an organizational psychologist, mediator, and writer who for the past several years has been increasingly immersed in the study of self-actualizing adults.

Marsha Sinetar’s life and works are about helping adults move toward wholeness. She lectures, teaches, and writes about how the entirety of what you do in live, including your work, should contribute to your happiness, joy and fulfillment.

I have probably given you Ruth Fishel’s bio many times, since I quote often from her book, so I’ll give you a link to her Facebook page in stead.

Masters Study – Vincent Van Gogh

“Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”
– Christina Rossetti

Masters Study – Vincent Van Gogh

2.5″ x 3.5″  ATC – Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

When I first started painting, again after a 30 year absence,  I joined an ATC exchange on WetCanvas where we studied the Masters.  I learned so much in this swap, because I have no formal art training.  I understood why they were the Masters while I was studying their paintings.   I did these in early 2008.  Since I haven’t been able to paint much in the last few days, I thought I would share some of these ATCs.  The original Van Gogh painting is here.

I had a great lesson with my new flight instructor yesterday.  I have renewed hopes for actually getting my private pilot’s license.  YAY! 😀

About Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti, the Victorian era English poet, is known for the melancholy themes in such poems as “Goblin Market” and “When I Am Dead.” She was born in 1830 in London to Italian-born parents. Her father was poet Gabriele Rossetti and her brother was the painter/poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She rejected two marriage proposals because, although she loved both men, neither shared her religious devotion. According to her brother, she wrote effortlessly and rapidly. She died in 1894.

Sweet Faced Cat

“It is necessary to try to surpass oneself always; this occupation ought to last as long as life.”

– Queen Christina

Sweet Faced Cat

4″ x 4″ Watercolor Pencil on Art Spectrum Colourfix Paper

YAY!  Finally, after much trial and error, I am able to post my blog, using my regular Firefox browser.  I must have installed and uninstalled and fooled around with every flash player and Java app known to man.  Something finally worked!  Whoooo Hooooo!!  😀

Computers can be the worst time eaters, especially when they are malfunctioning!   I am going to take another day off from mine, if I can resist that huge magnetic pull it has to my curious mind.  😉

This little cat is an older painting, but I thought I’d hang with the cat theme, since I didn’t paint many things over the weekend.  Oh, I take that back.  I painted all four of the outside doors of our house and the trim around them.  I painted the bases of 8 columns on the front porch, too.    It was a honey do weekend.  “Honey, do you know how to use a bigger paint brush?”

About Queen Christina

Queen Christina of Sweden was the most famous woman of her time, outshining Queen Elizabeth of England. She was born in Stockholm in 1626 during a rare astrological conjunction. Her father insisted that she be raised as a boy and changed the law so she could become his heir. She became the reigning queen at age five. She helped end the Thirty Years War but abdicated her throne in 1654, converting to Catholicism and moving to Rome, where she became a patron of the arts. She died in 1689.

Gouache Forest

“Man’s main task in life is to give birth to himself, to become what he potentially is.”
– Erich Fromm


Gouache Forest

5.5″ x 10″ Gouache on Art Spectrum Colourfix

I really love this odd little painting.  It’s another older one.  I was having fun playing with light and shadow, with a limited pallet, letting the colourfix play a big role.  Little did I know back then, that I would be developing this style into a fun way to find my voice.  How fun is that?

About Erich Fromm

Erich Fromm, the humanist German psychoanalyst and author, is best known for his book, The Art of Loving, which describes love as care, responsibility, respect, and knowledge. Born in Germany in 1900, he emigrated to the United States in 1934, fleeing Hitler’s regime. He taught at a number of universities in the U.S. and Mexico and wrote eight books delineating his view of human nature. He believed that modern society makes us feel isolated and long to reach out to others. He died in 1980.

Freddie Frog

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”
– Michelangelo Buonarroti

Freddy Frog

2.5″ x 3.5″ Gouache and Spackle on Art Spectrum Colourfix

The weird thing about this little frog…. his bumps stuck out, but when I scanned it, they look like they sucked in.  Don’t ask me… I don’t have a clue.  🙂

I drew the frog on the ATC, then put some plain old wall spackle on him and the trees with a small pallet knife.  After it dried, I painted him with gouache.  I am pretty sure it doesn’t have any archival qualities, but it was fun!  I’m sure there are some archival products out there that you could use under acrylic.  Try it, you’ll like it!

About Michelangelo Buonarroti

Michelangelo Buonarotti, the Renaissance sculptor and painter, is considered one of the world’s greatest artists. He was born in Tuscany in 1475. He apprenticed to a painter at age 13, infuriating his father, who considered art menial work. By age 25, he had sculpted one of his finest works, the Pietà, in St. Peter’s. Working alone, he took four years to paint more than 400 figures on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. He also designed St. Peter’s dome and is perhaps best known for his iconic statue of David. He died in 1564.

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