You thought you were going to see another bird?

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”
– Theodore Seuss Giesel



Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

You thought you were going to see another bird?


I slipped this little grasshopper in among the birds for fun.   We’ll return to our regularly scheduled program tomorrow.  😀


Has anyone ever seen the periodical cicadas?  They only appear every 13 to 17 years.   They mature underground for all those years, then emerge to fly around and mate.  They have been surrounding us for the last few weeks.  They are loud and abundant.  We have them in our neighborhood, but they don’t have them in town.  Weird!!!


About Theodore Seuss Giesel

Theodor Seuss Geisel, the beloved Dr. Seuss, is renowned to generations of children as the author of Green Eggs and Ham and other deliciously absurd picture books. He was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. His first book, And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected 27 times. He wrote The Cat in the Hat after Houghton Mifflin asked him to write a children’s primer using fewer than 250 easy-reader words. He died in 1991.

Lonely Grasshopper – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor, Inktense and Sharpie

“Because of our mindfulness, we see our desire, and our aggression, our jealousy an our ignorance. We don’t act on them; we just see them. Without mindfulness, we don’t see them and they proliferate.”
Pema Chodron

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Lonely Grasshopper – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor, Inktense and Sharpie

Lonely is the word this week for Illustration Friday.  I painted this from a photo I took Saturday morning of a grasshopper on the windshield of my jeep.  Now you know he had to be feeling pretty lonely at that moment.  😀

Pema Chodron is a leading exponent of teachings on meditation and how they apply to everyday life.

She is widely known for her charming and down-to-earth interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism for Western audiences. Pema is the resident teacher at Gampo Abbey, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, the first Tibetan monastery for Westerners and has authored several books, including:

Always Maintain a Joyful Mind (lojong teachings)
Practicing Peace in Times of War
No Time to Lose
The Pema Chodron Collection (audio)
Getting Unstuck:Breaking Your Habitual
Patterns & Encountering Naked Reality (audio)
The Places that Scare You
When Things Fall Apart
Start Where You Are

Green and Orange Grasshopper

“The most important things to do in the world are to get something to eat, something to drink, and somebody to love you.”

– Brendan Behan

Green and Orange Grasshopper

Inktense and Ink

I had a lot of fun painting this guy, using my Inktense pencils.   A little glimpse of spring in “Beth-World”.  😀

We’re snowed in again, but I’m okay with it.  We have plenty of groceries and coffee.  I’m painting and enjoying the day, so far.  The other day, a friend of mine put a piece of chocolate cake, with chocolate icing on his deck for the birds.  He said they all looked like little kids at a one year old’s birthday party.  Little chocolate faces!  😀

About Brendan Behan

Brendan Behan, the colorful Irish dramatist and author, spent most of his young adult life in prison, where he first began writing. He was born in 1923 in Dublin and grew up in the slums. He joined the Irish Republican Army in 1937. He landed in jail twice for political offenses. His play, The Quare Fellow, was produced in 1956 to great acclaim. Fame took a toll; he drank heavily and wrote little. He died in 1964.

Purple Grasshopper

“The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
– Winston Churchill

Purple Grasshopper

5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Ink

I painted this little dude over the weekend.  We were stuck at the bottom of the icy driveway and it made me think of spring.  I did another one, which I’ll show you tomorrow.  Since we are anticipating being snowed in again for a few days, I have some fish paintings started.  I’ll just pretend I am in the Caribbean!  😀

About Winston Churchill

Sir Winston Churchill was an extraordinary British prime minister; he laid the groundwork for welfare in England, helped set the boundaries in the Middle East, became a symbol of the resistance against the Nazis in Europe, and was a central force in the Allied victory in World War II. He was born in 1874 near Oxford. He was known for his courage, his stubbornness, and his powerful personality. He was also an accomplished painter and writer. He died in 1965.