Felt, Idaho – A Little Watercolor

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
Orison Swett Marden

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Felt, Idaho – A Little Watercolor

I know… it’s not new, but I’m behind on my painting.  My sign shop has been absolutely insane this winter.  I’ve been working six 11-12 hour days a week  for a while now.  On Sunday, the hubby has stuff for me to do.  That means I’m only getting my little hour every morning, between 5 and 6 am to paint.    I’m not complaining, though.  I am really fortunate to be so busy at work.

When I was in Driggs in 2011, a lady who owned a wonderful little bead shop suggested I go check out Felt.  I’m so glad I did!  I painted this from the side of the road.  I was thrilled to see a tractor out there in the fields!   I’m going back this year for more of Felt.

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.

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

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

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.

Blurry Sneak Peek at Underpainting

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
– Orison Swett Marden

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012

Blurry Sneak Peek at Underpainting

Sorry about the blur.  I’m at work and the paintings are at home, so I can’t just go snap another one.  🙂   This Bethville series is going to be so much fun!  I can’t wait to do some more painting!

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.

 

Twin Fawns

“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

Twin Fawns

We have two sets of twin fawns in our neighborhood.  I see this pair with their mama every day.  They usually just stare at me as I approach, then as I just sit there in my vehicle, the fawns will go nuts and run around and play.  Eventually they dart into the woods, as mama watches from the side of the road.  I have only seen the other set of twins once.  They were in our yard and they are a little smaller than this set.  I know there are two sets, because I saw all of them in one afternoon.  I love seeing them play every day!

I’ll try to get a better photo of them.  It would be fun to paint.  🙂

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.

White Magnolia

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
– Orison Swett Marden

White Magnolia

Oil Pastel on Art Spectrum Colourfix

Whenever I see someone do something beautiful in oil pastel, I want to dig mine out and try them again.  There’s something fun and magical when it works.  Most of the time, it doesn’t work for me.  I think because they are so big and awkward to a detail oriented watercolor person.  They just feel foreign in my hand.  I do still get them out from time to time and I have a lot of respect for pastel artists.

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.

Squirrel Eats the Pigeon’s Lunch

“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

Squirrel Eats the Pigeon’s Lunch

4″ x 6″ Watercolor on Indian Village handmade paper

I loved this reference photo.  There really was a pigeon in it, watching the squirrel eat.  Of course, they we both kinda gray, so I had a little fun with them.  The background was a big tree trunk, so I sent them on an adventure in the country.  Isn’t art fun?  We can do anything our little hearts desire….. and get away with it!  😀

I just wanted to show you a little bit of history.  This Tastee Freez has been open in Eufaula, since 1956.  I just lettered the windows this morning and it got me wondering about the history, so  I called City Hall to get the date it opened.  Of course, in a couple weeks it will open up as Just ‘Wingin” It, but I am proud that nobody has had the nerve to remove the nostalgic Tastee Freez sign.  Our little town wouldn’t be the same without it.

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.

Snorkeling Anyone?

“There is no medicine like hope, no incentive so great, and no tonic so powerful as expectation of something tomorrow.”
– Orison Swett Marden

Snorkeling Anyone?

4″ x 4″ Watercolor

I did this last summer.  It just seemed that with all the terrible weather we have going on across the country, we could all use a little warmth.  This is a self portrait from 2002, when I was on my weddingmoon, in Ambergris Caye, Belize.  I call it a weddingmoon because we were married there and we had to be there for three days to establish temporary residency, before they could legally perform the marriage ceremony.  It was pure bliss!  Not a single family member in sight.  🙂

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.