Choo Choo Train 21

“The highest reward for a person’s toil is not what they get for it, but what they become by it.”
– John Ruskin

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Copyright Beth Parker Art 2013

Choo Choo Train 21 – 6″ x 8″ Watercolor

This train painting got it’s name from the CCT 21 that really was on the train photo by Lisilk at WetCanvas.  It is a Denver & Rio Grande Western train.  Do you think the train people have a good sense of humor?  Does the CCT really stand for Choo Choo Train?  Well…. probably not, but this is Bethville, after all.

I just got my computer back.  I lost my hard drive on Saturday and I’ve been down ever since.  I sure do miss it when it’s sick.  The sign shop comes to a sudden halt!   I did some cleaning and routine maintenance around the shop and some paperwork, but made no signs.

Aaaaaccckkk!  There’s a wasp in here!  gotta go!

About John Ruskin

John Ruskin was an English art critic who influenced the attitude of a whole generation toward art and architecture. He was born in 1819 in London. His career began with an essay defending his friend, artist J.M.W. Turner, from critics. His book Modern Painters made Turner popular and gave stature to the Pre-Raphaelite movement. He founded the Cambridge Scool of Art in 1858, now known as the Anglia Ruskin University. Leo Tolstoy called him one of those rare men who think with their heart. When Ruskin inherited wealth, he gave most of the money away. He died in 1900.



“If your eyes are blinded with your worries, you cannot see the beauty of the sunset.”


2.5″ x 3.5″ Watercolor on Strathmore Textured ATC

I am calling this one “Distrust”, in my window series theme, The  Soul of a Woman.  Some of us know this feeling.  We’ve been hurt or abused and although we still look out at the world, we are hesitant to let anyone in.  We protect ourselves against the possibility of being hurt again.  The cold steel of this train window is strongly bolted against the outside elements.  Ooooo, a little too deep for such a small painting, eh?  🙂

The texture of this paper seems to lend itself to the feel of an old steel train.  Fun stuff to paint on.

Krishnamurti (May 12, 1895–February 17, 1986) was a renowned writer and speaker on philosophical and spiritual subjects. His subject matter included: psychological revolution, the nature of the mind, meditation, human relationships, and bringing about positive change in society. He constantly stressed the need for a revolution in the psyche of every human being and emphasized that such revolution cannot be brought about by any external entity, be it religious, political, or social.  more…