A Bit Too Early for Halloween!

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2 Easy Steps to Remembering You Are WORTH It!

Hayley Hobson | September 14, 2013 | Living

1. You Set the Bar.  You got it. You do. You get to determine what you’re worth.  Now, don’t become a complete diva, but make a list and write down what you feel you deserve. And once you’ve compiled it, put it in a place you can see it and live by it.  Treat yourself the way you want others to treat you. Let them follow by example.

2. Value Yourself.  Interpretation: stop hanging around with deadbeats who are bringing you down. Stop lugging around the extra baggage.  Surround yourself with people who bring out the best in you; let go of those that are not allowing you to grow.

Such great advice!!!

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Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

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A Bit Too Early for Halloween!

I couldn’t help myself.  I drew the cat and the rest of it just kept coming.  Sorry for being so early.  “D

Hayley Hobson

Hayley Hobson is an author, speaker, business coach, yogi, Pilates and holistic nutritional expert based in Boulder, CO. Hayley creates lifestyle transformations by coaching her clients to strengthen, nourish and evolve through the cycles and shifts in life. Combining cutting edge understanding in all three disciplines due to years of anatomical study and dietary theory, Hayley’s approach leverages their blended benefits and results. Her unique and intelligent style promotes strengthening while softening–empowering her client’s to heal not only their physical bodies, but their hearts and minds as well. Hayley studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, continues her studies with David Wolfe, raw food expert and is an essential oil expert in her own right.  She is a doTERRA Certified Oil Diamond Director and a Pangea Organics Beauty Ecologist.  Her insights and articles can also be found on her blog, MindbodygreenElephant Journal, Masters Shift and Islaorganics. She has also been featured in Pilates Style magazine, Natural Health magazine andTriathlete Magazine.  She has fun running and playing in the mountains with her husband, former world-ranked triathlete, Wes Hobson and their two beautiful daughters, Makenna and Madeline . To learn more about her nutritional courses, events she’s hosting and custom programs go to hayleyhobson.com or follow her on Facebook or Twitter or Pinterest.

Scarecrow in Fall – Watercolor ATC

“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

Scarecrow in Fall 
2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor and Sharpie ATC

Ryan, over at Asmalltowndad’s Weblog has initiated a small ATC exchange for fall.   If you look at his post from September 19th, you’ll see the one he mailed to me yesterday.  I can’t wait to get it.  It’s beautiful, don’t you think?  I hope this little ATC brings a grin to Ryan’s face.  That will make my day.  🙂

The photo reference I loosely used is by Artistammy, at the WetCanvas Reference Image Library.

I like that quote today.  I’m taking a flying lesson tomorrow, after 3 months off.   I’m a little nervous, since it’s been so long.  My instructor needs to fly with me in order to re-endorse me to fly solo.  My last endorsement expired a couple weeks ago.  It comforts me to know that no pilot was ever perfect, since there are no perfect people.  Of course, if you’re flying soon, I may not have comforted you much.  he he   😀

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.

Jack-O-Lantern Home and Devil Costume

“From quiet houses and first beginnings,
out to the undiscovered ends,
there’s nothing worth the wear of winning,
but laughter and the love of friends.”

Hilaire Belloc

Jack-O-Lantern Home

4″ x 6″ Watercolor & Pen

It’s the eve of the Halloween Blog Challenge.  I painted this one, because I really don’t like scary stuff very much.  Just to show you… I’ll share my version of a Devil Costume.  🙂

Devil Costume

4″ x 4″ Watercolor

Sorry…… I am in the Halloween spirit.  Don’t forget tomorrow is the day we post our Halloween art to our blogs and link back here, so we all know where to go look.  I can’t wait!  he he

Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953) was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his writing collaboration with G.K. Chesterton.  Recent biographies of Belloc have been written by A. N. Wilson and Joseph Pearce.  For more, go to Wikipedia, the source for this information.

Pumpkin Harvest

“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.”
– Freya Stark

Pumpkin Harvest

4″ x 6″ Watercolor and Acrylic Postcard

I painted the pumpkins with acrylic, then came back and finished it with watercolor.  This is a compilation of a couple images by Chelsi, plus a hint of my own imagination.  🙂

About Freya Stark

French-Anglo travel writer Freya Stark was one of the first Western women to see the deserts of the Middle East. She was born in 1893 in Paris and spent her childhood split between her father’s family home in England and her mother’s in Italy. Her first book, Valley of the Assassins, brought her grants to continue her travels. She focused on remote areas of Turkey and the Middle East, seeking cultures that the modern world had not yet altered. She died in 1993 at age 100.

Father and Son

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.”
– Kurt Vonnegut

Father and Son

4″ x 6″ Watercolor Postcard

I never said I was a portrait artist.   (I’m not even pretending to be.)  This is actually pretty awful, but in the spirit of fun and family, I decided to post it.

My niece, Chelsi, is an amazing photographer.  She posted some wonderful photographs of her little family’s trip to a Washington pumpkin farm, on her Facebook wall.  I got her permission to paint anything I wanted from those photos.  I hope she’ll forgive me for what I did to her husband and son.  😀

I promise, Chelsi….. better paintings to come.  he he he

About Kurt Vonnegut

Kurt Vonnegut, the acerbic American author, rose to fame with the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, loosely based on his experiences as a prisoner of war during the World War II bombing of Dresden. He was born in 1922 in Indianapolis. His fiction, a blend of science fiction and satire, became hugely successful in the 1960’s. Three of his seven children are his sister’s, adopted after her husband died in a train wreck and she died of cancer a day later. He lived in New York until his death in 2007.