It’s an I Love You Dog in Watercolor

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“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.”
– Anatole France

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

I Love You Dog – Watercolor

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It’s love!  Of course, he looks like he’d much rather keep the chocolate.  I love you… I love chocolate… I love you… I love chocolate.  Of course, we know chocolate is bad for dogs.  🙂

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About Anatole France

Anatole France was the pen name of Nobel Prize–winning French author Jacques Anatole François Thibault. He was born in 1844 in Paris. His father was a book dealer, and France spent his life among books, including 14 years as assistant librarian to the French Senate. His novels, including the Contemporary History series and The Gods Are Athirst, often use allegory and religious symbolism as vehicles for moral questions. He died in 1924.

Valentine’s Dessert 2

The more you love, the more love you are given to love with.
–Lucien Price

With love comes promises of sentiment as rapturous as fall’s splendor of color and as delicate as a crystal of snow. Love empowers us to handle the struggles that bind us, the struggles that stretch us to grow. The familiar sights and muffled sounds of each moment vibrate with greater intensity when we’re giving and receiving love.
We’re deluded to think the love of others will complete us, so we strive for it; we long for it. But we receive love only when we’re unselfishly offering it. It is one of life’s wonderful mysteries that we must first give love away if we hope to get it.
Loving another tests our patience, strength, and security. Love spurned is dreaded and perhaps too familiar, but we must risk it once again if we are to find the love we deserve. 
The gifts of love are many and guaranteed when the act of love is honest, unselfish, whole, and unconditionally offered.
— Karen Casey

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Valentine’s Dessert 2 – 4.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor & Sharpie

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Here is your second calorie free dessert for Valentine’s week.  The pastry was from a reference photo by Mo at WetCanvas.  The plate and doily are  all me!  😀

Sophie at Just4Crafters has a cool tutorial for a Valentine’s Day card.  I may try my hand at it today.  It looks like so much fun.  She had a cool birdhouse (The Love Shack)  tutorial before that, if you have a little more time on your hands.  Thanks Sophie!

Junius Lucien Price (January 6, 1883 – March 30, 1964), who also published under the name Seymour Deming, was the author of more than a dozen books and a writer for publications such as The Boston Evening Transcript and The Atlantic Monthly. At the time of his death at age 81 he was still writing for the Boston Globe.  Source:  Wikipedia

Karen Casey

Millions of people around the world spend a few moments in quiet reflection with Karen Casey every day. Karen is the best-selling author of Each Day a New Beginning, the first daily meditation book written expressly for women in recovery from addiction. Published in 1981, Each Day a New Beginning has sold more than three million copies and has been translated into ten different languages. Over the years, readers around the world have come to regard Karen as a trusted companion on the recovery journey. Among her other best-selling inspirational books are Keepers of the Wisdom, A Woman’s Spirit, Fearless Relationships, and A Life of My Own. In her newest book, Serenity (Hazelden, 2007), Karen shares favorite passages that gently convey simple lessons for living with greater peace, hope, and trust. Karen enjoys golfing and riding her Harley with her husband. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Naples, Florida.

Wiener Dog Love

“Never let life’s hardships disturb you…no one can avoid problems, not even saints or sages.”
– Nichiren Daishonin

Boy, that’s a good one for me.  😀

Wiener Dog Love

Watercolor & Ink

I still don’t have my work computer, so I grabbed something off my home computer to post today.  I should get it back today, then begin the process of reloading all my programs, drivers and backup.  What a time eater that’s going to be.  I sure have missed it, though.   I’m happy to be getting it back.   🙂

About Nichiren Daishonin

Thirteenth century Japanese monk Nichiren Daishonin is known as the founder of the branch of Buddhism that bears his name. Born Zennichi-maro in a fishing village in 1222, he changed his name when he founded “True Buddhism,” a return to the non-discriminatory basis of the religion. His huge following and his dire predictions made him unpopular with rulers; according to legend, he was about to be killed when a freak astronomical phenomenon blinded the executioner and saved Daishonin’s life. He died in 1282.

Mr & Mrs Parker

“Artists must be sacrificed to their art. Like bees, they must put their lives into the sting they give.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Mr & Mrs Parker

Ambergris Caye, Belize

September 17, 2002

What a beautiful day that was, on the day I married Mr. Right.  I just wanted to take a moment to be grateful for all I have been blessed with.    🙂

Have a great weekend!

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Born: 25 May 1803

  • Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Died: 27 April 1882
  • Best Known As: A founder of Transcendentalism

Ralph Waldo Emerson’s father was the seventh in an unbroken line of ministers dating back to Puritan days, and after attending Harvard Emerson himself became a Unitarian minister. After the death of his young wife and two elder brothers, Emerson began to doubt his faith and in 1832 resigned his ministry. Eventually he settled in Concord, Massachusetts, where he lived most of the rest of his life thinking, writing and speaking. Emerson remains important in American history as a founder of the school of thought known as Transcendentalism. Its chief features were a reliance on intuition over cold scientific reason, a belief that the natural world held spiritual truths, and an optimistic view of the human spirit. Emerson was known as a stirring speaker, eventually earning the sobriquet “the Sage of Concord.”

White Sands Cove Resort

Ambergris Caye, Belize


Quilted Love

“When I do things without any explanation, but just with spontaneity…I can be sure that I am right.”
– Federico Fellini

Quilted Love

5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

This is another Valentine.  This has just been so much fun.  I really do think it’s time to try some more quilting with paint.  🙂

About Federico Fellini

Famed Italian director Federico Fellini is known for the dreamlike logic and rich symbolism in Oscar- winning films like La Strada, La Dolce Vita, 8 ½, and Amarcord. His films often featured his wife, actress Giulietta Masina, and his onscreen alter-ego, actor Marcello Mastroiann. He was born in 1920 in Rimini. After he’d begun his film career, he opened a store named the Funny Face Shop, where he sold his drawings and artwork from other filmmakers. His 1993 funeral was attended by thousands of fans.

Love Puppy

“Life itself cannot give you joy unless you really will it.  Life just gives you time and space.  It’s up to you to fill it.”
Author Unknown

Love Puppy

5″ x 7″ Watercolor & Sharpie

Since it’s Valentine’s weekend, I thought I’d share some of my little Valentine’s paintings.  I had so much fun doing them!