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

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

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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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

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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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

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.

 

Crafty Red Shoe – 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC

“I think the whole thing that keeps life whole is not the actions of the great, but the little things, even to smile or be kind at a particular moment. Do not think lightly of these little gestures – It is their multiplication from all over the world that creates heaven on earth.”

Howard Thurman

Shoe 2-5 x 3-5 72 res

Crafty Red Shoe – 2.5″ x 3.5″ ATC

I used a combination of watercolor & Ink on this one.  Some of the ink is Pigma Brush Pens.  The image I painted this from was provided by SkattyKat over at WetCanvas.

Are you ready for Christmas?  I am almost ready.  Just a few last minute things to do and I can kick back and enjoy the next 2 weeks.

Happy 83rd Birthday, Mom!  😀

Howard Thurman

When Howard Thurman spoke, he filled the entire room with compassion, truth, keen intellect, and joy. To be in his presence was to experience the drama of life itself — with all its attending conflicts — and to be carried beyond these realities to the Reality of a gracious God whose will is life and wholeness.

Howard Thurman was a graduate from Morehouse College and from Colgate-Rochester Theological Seminary. He then became a special student of philosophy in residence at Haverford College with Rufus Jones, the noted Quaker philosopher and mystic. After serving on the faculty of Howard University as Professor of Theology and Dean of Rankin Chapel (1932-44), he moved to San Francisco to help found the intercultural and interdenominational Church for the Fellowship of All Peoples. In 1953 he became Dean of Marsh Chapel at Boston University (1953-65).  More….

Revisiting a Little Fall Scarecrow ATC

Education should be the process of helping everyone to discover his uniqueness.
Leo Buscaglia

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Revisiting a Little Fall Scarecrow – 2.5″ x 3.5″  Watercolor & Sharpie ATC

I painted this for a fall challenge in 2010.  It’s an itty bitty ATC.  I just thought it would be fun to post something fallish as we get close to Thanksgiving.  Have a great weekend!

Leo F. Buscaglia (1924 -1998)

Buscaglia was teaching in the Department of Special Education at the University of Southern California in the late 1960s when one of his students committed suicide. She had been one of the sets of “kind eyeballs” he always looked for in the large auditorium, because her responses showed him that at least one student was hearing what he said, so the news that she killed herself had a great impact on him. [“What are we doing stuffing facts into people and forgetting that they are human beings?”] This incident led him to form a non-credit class titled Love 1A. There were no grades. (How could you potentially fail someone in this class? That wouldn’t be very loving!) The class led to lectures and a manuscript loosely based on what was shared in those weekly classes. The book found a publisher – and an author surprised to find that the simple title LOVE had never previously been claimed, allowing him to say “I have the copyright on LOVE!” Buscaglia said he never taught this class, only facilitated it, adding that he learned as much as anyone.  Much more here.

 

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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Candy Striped High Heeled Shoe ATC

“Excellence is not an act but a habit. The things you do the most are the things you will do the best.”
– Marva Collins

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Candy Striped High Heel – 2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor ATC

I only got to do one small painting last weekend, because I had to work on Saturday and do my taxes on Sunday.  This means that I’ll be revisiting some paintings from the archives this week.  Anybody remember this one?  It was from an ATC exchange where I painted 24 little paintings of shoes.  It was fun!  Our subject was 24 of anything…. and I picked shoes.  I am not a shoes gal, since I live in flip flops most of the time, but I have always wanted to explore this subject.  There are so many cool shoes out there.  🙂

About Marva Collins

American educator Marva Collins pioneered progressive education for disadvantaged children. She was born in Alabama in 1936 and in her 20’s moved to Chicago, where she founded a school for children who were at risk. After one year, every child tested at least five grades higher. Many public schools have successfully implemented her methods. She has appeared on 60 Minutes and Good Morning America and she recieved the National Humanities Medal from President Bush in 2004. She believes every child is a winner until someone convinces him or her too thoroughly otherwise.

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