Pink Dog – Wooden Puzzle



“Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”
– James Bryant Conant


Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Pink Dog – Wooden Puzzle


I did a few of these puzzles as my donation to an animal welfare fundraiser.  They were fun and I’d like to do some again one day!  🙂


About James Bryant Conant

James Bryant Conant, the American chemist and educator, is known both for his role in the Manhattan Project — which developed the first nuclear weapons — and for his innovative tenure as president of Harvard University. Harvard had been a finishing school for the rich; Conant turned it into a world-class research university and created aptitude tests to choose students by ability. These tests became the basis for the SAT. He was born in Massachusetts in 1893 and died in New Hampshire in 1978.

Another Piece of the Horse Puzzle

“All the puzzle pieces are in your hands!  Don’t go looking for someone to complete it for you.  That only reinforces the fear that you are incomplete.  Life’s strongest glue is being happy to be you!”


Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Another Piece of the Horse Puzzle

This is a wild one!  It’s bursting with detail and color.  It’s so much fun!!!

Dodinsky is the author of the upcoming inspirational and reflective gift book IN THE GARDEN OF THOUGHTS, scheduled to be released Spring of 2013 by Sourcebooks Publishing{Note:  It’s out and I have my copy!}

His intent was simply to share his reflections about life in order to help heal the wounds inflicted by life’s troubles. At the time, the man known by his readers as Dodinsky had no idea that within months of starting his blog In The Garden of Thoughts, thousands of readers would find healing through the modest words he planted.

“I was humbled to see that in my own little way, I was affecting the lives of others,” says Dodinsky of the appreciative emails that quickly flooded his inbox. “One reader named Robin wrote, ‘If only my son [had] read your works, he would still be alive today.’ Robin’s son had taken his own life. Like so many others, she became a loyal reader and champion of spreading his work.”  More…

Puzzled – Watercolor & Sharpie – for Illustration Friday

“There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the hard truths and saying, ‘We will never give up. We will never capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to prevail.'”
– Jim Collins

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2012



Puzzled – 5.5″ x 8.5″ Watercolor & Sharpie – for Illustration Friday

Surely you have seen a giraffe of this sort… right?  he he  Well…. maybe in Bethville.  🙂

I did this little painting for Illustration Friday.  The theme word is “puzzled”.   I found a wonderful reference photo by jerri rose at WetCanvas, that made this a pure joy to paint.  Fun!  I would like to be able to do IF more often, because I really enjoyed it.

About Jim Collins

American business guru Jim Collins has written or cowritten four books, including the instant classic Built to Last, which spent more than six years on the Business Week best-seller list, and Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap…and Others Don’t, which became a New York Times best seller. He was raised in Boulder, Colorado. After seven years teaching at Stanford University’s business school, he founded a research laboratory to examine companies and why they succeed.

Puppy Puzzle

“You can’t live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.”
John Wooden

Puppy Puzzle

5″ x 7″ Acrylic on Wooden Puzzle

I think this puzzle will probably get something else.  Remember when I said that about the Innocent Cat?    he he  That cat became quite a hit on facebook.

I had the most amazing flight last night!  I did a bunch of really good landings and I feel a solo coming.    Then this morning I got word that I am the official sign company for Carlton Landing.  I am thrilled about that!  It is a wonderful opportunity and I am very blessed!  Whoo-Hoo!!

I love this big wonderful life!!! 🙂

In looking for a biography on John Wooden, I discovered that he was an amazing person with a long, rich history.  All of the biographies were really long, so please click on the links here for more info.  He said some incredible things in his life, such as:

“Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.”
John Robert Wooden

Born: 1910-10-14
Birthplace: Hall, Indiana

Race: White
Religion: Protestant
Field: Basketball
Famous for: Winningest-ever college coach

John Wooden Offical Website:

Patchwork Pound Puppy Puzzle 3 for P.A.W.S.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”
– Samuel Beckett

Better than not trying at all, right?

Patchwork Pound Puppy Puzzle 3 for P.A.W.S.

5″ x 7″ Acrylic on Wooden Puzzle

Who could resist that face.    This is the third of the three puzzles I painted for the Southeast Oklahoma Association of Realtors charity auction.  I think my next little project will be to start on a bird house for a friend’s house warming gift.  She loves birdhouses!  Sounds fun, huh?  It is not assembled, so I can paint without having to get in to all of those tight spots.  Uh oh…. can you see a cat birdhouse coming?  he he he  That might make it too hard for the birdies to enjoy their lunch.

Over the weekend, we were watching the birds having a feast at a friend’s house.  Some termites had hatched in an old rotten log and they were flying out of the log by the millions.  There were a dozen different birds and a lizard eating, while we were there.  The lizard and a cardinal even fussed a little.  It was so cute.  After we left, my friend said another lizard and more birds came to eat.

After a while, a snake appeared, which puzzled my friend.  Snakes don’t eat bugs?  Well, before long, he had a lizard hanging out of his mouth.  He was a small snake and couldn’t eat him all at once.  What an adventure in nature.

About Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett, the absurdist Irish playwright known for his darkly funny minimalist plays like Waiting for Godot and Endgame, won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 and reportedly gave away most of the money to needy artists. He was born in Dublin in 1906 and moved to France to join the resistance during World War II. His plays, poetry, and novels used elements from burlesque and vaudeville to explore the human struggle to make sense of life. He died in 1989.

Patchwork Pound Puppy Puzzle 2 for P.A.W.S.

“A mistake is simply another way of doing things.”
– Katharine Graham

Patchwork Pound Puppy Puzzle 2 for P.A.W.S.

5″ x 7″ Acrylic on Wooden Puzzle

This is the 2nd of 3 puzzles I painted for the SE Oklahoma Assoc. of Realtors auction, to benefit P.A.W.S..  They just make me want to giggle.  For those of you who wondered, I bought the blank puzzles for $1.99 each from Hobby Lobby.

I also bought a birdhouse and some other assorted things.  I really enjoy giving hand painted gifts.  People must get tired of paintings, so if they like wine, I sometimes paint wine boxes, etc.  Life is never dull when you use your imagination.  🙂

About Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham, the publisher of The Washington Post, is considered one of her era’s most powerful women. She was born in 1917 in New York. After her father bought the newspaper, she joined the staff as a reporter. Her husband inherited the paper from her father, and Graham took it over when he died in 1963. During her tenure, the paper printed the controversial Pentagon Papers and uncovered the Watergate conspiracy. She won a Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for her autobiography, Personal History. She died in 2001.

Patchwork Pound Puppy Puzzle 1 for P.A.W.S.

“It is the compelling zest of high adventure and of victory, and of creative action that man finds his supreme joys.”
–Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Patchwork Pound Puppy Puzzle 1 for P.A.W.S.

5″ x 7″ Acrylic on Wooden Puzzle

When asked to donate something for P.A.W.S. (Progressive Animal Welfare Society) by the SE Oklahoma Assoc. of Realtors, I knew it had to be pound puppies.  I painted three of them, which I’ll show you over the next few days.  I think they’ll be best auctioned off as a set.  They were fun to do, until it came to separating the pieces.  I had to slice the acrylic apart with an Xacto blade, then do a little trimming and sanding of the individual pieces, because the wood had swollen a bit.   All in all, I am pleased with them and hope they do well at their auction.

Antoine De Saint-Exupery wrote one of my favorite books of all time.  If you want to read something that will change your perspective on life, read The Little Prince.  It’s a children’s book, written in 1943 and eventually translated into a bunch of different languages.  I have bought many copies over the years and given them as gifts.  I think I was 17 the first time I read it and 50, the last time.  🙂

Antoine De Saint-Exupery

  • Born: 29 June 1900
  • Birthplace: Lyon, France
  • Died: 31 July 1944 (airplane crash)
  • Best Known As: Author of The Little Prince

Antoine-Marie-Roger de Saint-Exupéry was a French aviator and the author of the children’s fable The Little Prince (1943). A veteran of France’s air service (1921-23), he spent most of his working life in commercial aviation. He flew postal routes across Spain into Africa — he survived a 1935 crash in the Sahara — and flew in Brazil and Argentina for a time. He also wrote novels. Southern Mail (1929), Night Flight (1931) and Wind, Sand and Stars (1939) brought him critical and popular success. He flew for the French at the beginning of World War II, but with Germany’s occupation of France Saint-Exupéry relocated to the U.S. and Canada, where he wrote his most famous work, The Little Prince. Despite being a little too old to fly, he joined the Free French and Allied air forces toward the end of World War II. He went on a mission to collect information on German troop movements in the Rhone valley on 31 July 1944 and was never seen again; Saint-Exupéry became France’s own Amelia Earhart. His aircraft was discovered in the late 1990s off the coast of Marseilles, but his corpse was missing. Former German ace pilot Horst Rippert claimed in 2008 that he was nearly certain he’d shot down Saint Exupéry in 1944 (Rippert also expressed regret, calling Saint Exupéry one of his favorite authors at the time).