Little Houses – 5″ x 8″ 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

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Little Houses – 5″ x 8″ Watercolor


This is an older painting, but I really liked it.  The photo was from Jakesgram at WetCanvas.  I think the building on the left is a bar.

I am almost finished with all my framing for KC show.  Yay!   That’s hard work, when you do it right.  😀

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 on October 14, 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 on July 30, 1718.

Another White House Painting…. Not!

“Since no one is perfect, it follows that all great deeds have been accomplished out of imperfection. Yet they were accomplished, somehow, all the same.”
Lois McMaster Bujold

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Another White House Painting…. Not!  –  4″ x 6″ Watercolor

I did this Sunday when I just felt like doodling.   You know how that is, right?  Sometimes we just wanna play for no reason at all.  🙂

Enjoy your last full day of summer.   It’s still in the 90’s here in Oklahoma, but we have some 80’s sprinkled in here and there and the nights are cooling down.  I love fall and I’m looking forward to some crisp days.

About Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold, the award-winning American science fiction and fantasy writer, is best known for her “Vorkosigan Saga” space opera, a series of novels and short stories which blend action with strong character development. She was born in 1949 in Ohio and began writing seriously in her thirties. When her best friend began publishing novels, Bujold thought, “If she can do it, I can too.” She has won the prestigious Hugo Award four times. She lives in Minneapolis and has two children.

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…

An Old Rock Home in Canada – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

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

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An Old Rock Home in Canada – 4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Sharpie

I painted this one from a photo by Bonnie (Artastic) on WetCanvas.  It’s really fun to do houses this way.  I use no rulers or any method of scaling.  I just wing it and start drawing.  I’m really enjoying anything architectural these days.  The rocks are dabbed on randomly with an itty bitty flat brush.  Fun!

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.

I’m tickled that I flew solo across three counties last year.  he he

Another Carlton Landing Painting – The Winner’s House – 5.5″ x 8.5″ Watercolor

“Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear — not absence of fear.”
– Mark Twain

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Another Carlton Landing Painting – The Winner’s House – 5.5″ x 8.5″ Watercolor

I have painted this house before.  It’s right across the street from The Meeting House at Carlton Landing.  I tried to find this when Steve and Joann were here, so that I could give it to them, but I couldn’t find it.  I found it this morning.  Now I can give it to them.  Yay!   This is their house, but not their paint choices… of course!  🙂

About Mark Twain

Samuel Clemens, the iconic American humorist and writer, is better known by his pen name Mark Twain. He was born in 1835 in Missouri. He worked at several jobs, including steamboat pilot and miner. He wrote The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, and other successful novels. His writing captured a very American vernacular and flavor, and helped create a distinctive American literature. He died in 1910.

There’s Nothing Wrong With Living in a Pink House

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment, it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”
– Orison Swett Marden

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Living in a Pink House -6″ x 6″ Watercolor and Sharpie

I live in a pink house.  It’s actually this color, too.  Pink stucco with white trim.  It was my husband’s idea.  It didn’t used to be this pink.  While looking at it from the lake, by boat, the hubby said “It’s not pink enough.”  I’m serious!  He really did say that!  So…. when we had some hail damage a few years ago, he had them stucco it pinker.  It has become a bit of a landmark.  We’ve heard people say “Go to the pink house and turn right to go to No. 9 Marina” or “At the pink house, turn left to go to the dam”.   It has even been called the Mary Kay house… to our face!  How funny is that?

If you didn’t know that houses in Bethville were a little wonky, you’d think the people who built this one were drunk.  But, I assure you… in the photo from the WetCanvas Reference Image Library,  it’s all neat and straight and…. white!   (…and I wasn’t drunk!)  Be extra careful on those stairs.   🙂

About Orison Swett Marden

Orison Swett Marden, the American writer who is considered the forerunner of motivational authors, wrote an average of two books a year from 1894 to 1924. He was born on a New England farm in 1850. During college, he worked in hotel management. He then used his seed money to buy a resort in Rhode Island. Wanting to inspire people as he himself had been inspired by British author Samuel Smiles, he began writing books like You Can, But Will You? and founded Success Magazine. He died in 1924.

A Happy Yellow House – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

“Whether we have ten days or ten years or thirty years, now, here, in this moment, we are learning that life is precious.”
— Robert Raines

I like that!

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A Happy Yellow House – 5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

Yes… It’s another white house that got colorized in Bethville.  he he  The photo came from the Reference Image Library at WetCanvas.  I love architecture!  I wish I had realized that when I was younger.  I might have liked being an architect.  But, for now, I’ll be a house painter in stead.  🙂

About Robert Raines

I manage corporate Internet marketing, content, strategy & social media at Chevron. Previously, I ran product management at E-Loan, led acquisition marketing at Pacific Bell Wireless, and brand-managed food brands at Quaker Oats. I’m a dad, husband, son, amateur photographer and videographer, folk music lover, 4-chord guitarist, and coffee geek, not in any particular order. This site represents my personal thoughts, opinions and ramblings.


A Home in Carlton Landing – 5″ x 8″ Watercolor and Sharpie

“We must not, in trying to think about how we can make a big difference, ignore the small daily differences we can make which, over time, add up to big differences that we often cannot foresee.”
– Marian Wright Edelman

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A Home in Carlton Landing – 5″ x 8″ Watercolor and Sharpie

This house is across the street from The Meeting House at Carlton Landing.  When my hubby saw this painting, he said “They really need to get a new lumber yard.  They are not getting very straight boards.”  Isn’t he funny.  It is a perfectly straight and beautiful home.  It has just been “Beth-ized”.    The homes that are popping up in Carlton Landing are so wonderful.  When you look inside them, you find all kinds of fun little surprises.  They are truly unique.

About Marian Wright Edelman

American activist Marian Wright Edelman, who founded the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) as a voice for poor, minority, and handicapped children, was the first African-American woman to practice law in Mississippi. She was born in 1939 in South Carolina. Her father, a Baptist preacher, died when she was 14; his last words to her were, “Don’t let anything get in the way of your education.” She graduated from Yale Law School in 1963. Her many awards include the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Little Pink House II

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

Yay!  It’s finished!

Little Pink House II

24″ x 48″ Acrylic on Gallery Wrapped Canvas

The painting continues around the edges of the canvas, eliminating the need for a frame.

I took this picture with my Little Pink House II painting leaning up against my real pink house.  he he   This painting has been quite an adventure!  It’s like 10 times larger than I usually paint, so every square inch was a totally new experience for me.  I’m ready to do another one.    🙂

You may remember that the first Little Pink House is 4″ x 8″.  It is painted from a Barbados photo by Valri Ary.  It was Valri, who originally inspired me to go bigger with this one.  A progress shot is here.

Valri and I went to Barbados back in September of 2008.  I remember seeing a lot of these wonderful little houses.  That makes this painting even more fun.

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.